International Applicants

What Start Term Do I Apply For?

The Admissions Office looks at an applicant’s undergraduate degree to determine start term.

SUMMER when…

  • Undergraduate degree is completed in a country where English is not the only primary language, regardless of major. (example: student with undergraduate degree in accounting from a university in Beijing where classes were taught in Mandarin)

FALL when…

  • Undergraduate degree or minor is in accounting from a U.S. college or University. Must have attended all four years in U.S.

International Education Requirements

Applicants must have obtained an equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Please review USC’s country guidelines for education requirements.


Transcripts from international universities must be submitted in the original language as well as in English. They must be sealed and sent directly from the university.

English Language Exams

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for most international applicants. For details, please review the “International Applicants” tab. In order to qualify for the 2023 Summer Intensive Program, the exam must be taken on or after June 1, 2021. The score is valid for 2 years.

Minimum Scores:

  • TOEFL IBT: 103 - must score no less than 20 on each of the four test components
  • IELTS - 7.5 - must score no less than 6 on each band score.
  • PTE Academic- 73

Exceptions from taking the English Language Exam:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a 4 year, accredited university located in the United States or officially recognized university in another country where English is both the language of instruction and the only officially recognized language of the country. The entire program must have been completed in the qualifying country. Students cannot have completed any units towards their degree outside the United States.  We cannot waive the English-proficiency requirement based on either a graduate degree from a university in the U.S. or other qualifying country or an undergraduate program taught in English in a non-Anglophone country.
  • Students whose native language is English. This applies to students from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec)

Submitting test scores

  • TOEFL: Code: 4852 and department code is 02 (graduate school of management)
  • IELTS: USC will only accept IELTS scores sent electronically from the IELTS test center where you took the test. Paper test report forms received by postal mail or email are not accepted.

Proof of Financial Support (I-20 Form)

“Proof of financial support” consists of financial documents that prove you have sufficient resources to stay in the United States during the course of your academic program at USC. Your financial documents need to show adequate funds to cover only your first years’ worth of expenses at USC. All documents should be issued and dated no more than a year from the start of your intended first term at USC. Guidelines and instructions for submitting financial documents for the issuance of an I-20 can be found here.

For more information on how to submit proof of financial support, please visit this page.

Please refer to the Costs & Financial Aid section for appropriate costs.