Admissions & Eligibility
Who is considered an international applicant?
All applicants that are not United States nationals, and will be entering, or have already entered, the United States with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, should apply as an international student. Applicants who already reside in the United States and hold other non-immigrant visas (for example, E2, H2 or L2) are also considered international applicants.
Permanent residents of the United States, naturalized U.S. citizens, and U.S. citizens residing abroad and attending a university outside the United States are not considered international students.
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How do I know if I am exempt from language testing?
International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement only under the circumstances outlined under “English-Language Test Waiver” here.
I have a 3-year Bachelor's degree, can I apply?
Country specific requirements are listed here: http://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/international-students-country-requirements/.
What is the required International Degree Verification process?
Students who choose to attend USC should be aware that the USC Office of Degree Progress requires verification of international bachelor’s degrees from the International Education Research Foundation (IERF).
Students complete this process after admission to the program.
Detailed information about IERF services, including application forms, fees, and required documents are available at www.ierf.org/usc.
Please contact Degree Progress email@example.com, 213.740.7070 if you have any questions, or need more information regarding prior degree verification.
Does USC provide answers to other Frequently Asked Questions about admissions for an International Student?
The Graduate Admissions Office website, https://gradadm.usc.edu/, is an amazing resource for international applicants and students to help address frequently asked questions and concerns. Visit their FAQ page for international students!
School and Program Information
Is the Graduate Certificate in Management Studies STEM-eligible?
We are not designated as a STEM program as defined by the Department of Homeland Security for the STEM extension. However, you can still apply for OPT for one year after completed the degree program.
If you are interested in STEM OPT, we recommend you apply to Marshall's Master of Science in Marketing in the Marketing Analytics track.
What is USC’s Office of International Service (OIS)?
USC's Office of International Services (OIS) is the primary resource for USC's international students. This office has the most updated information regarding visas, events specifically for international students, and employment. They also have great information on pre-arrival, arrival, and life in Los Angeles! All new students should sign up for their newsletter.
Financing Your Degree
What if I need help paying for school? Are there scholarships?
There are no scholarships available for domestic or international students in the program.
Many of our students pay for their degrees using savings or loans. For more information on financial aid that is specific to international students, please see USC's Financial Aid website. ( https://financialaid.usc.edu/general/international-students.html )