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PhD Admissions

PhD Admissions

The USC Marshall School of Business fosters an entrepreneurial and global mindset across all disciplines, and this thought-leadership starts in our faculty and student research. Our PhD Program is dedicated to developing researchers who will become innovators as faculty at business schools throughout the world.

A desire to lead through research, academic potential, and personal discipline are the qualities it takes to succeed as a Marshall PhD student. The new students we enroll each year embody this spirit.

This section of our website is dedicated to finding the next generation of Marshall PhD students. Review the admissions information carefully and prepare an application that best expresses your academic abilities, research interests, and future goals.

Thank you for your interest in the USC Marshall PhD Program. We look forward to receiving your application.


Gizem Ceylan PhD '22, Marketing Postdoctoral Researcher, Yale School of Management

Application Timeline

December 15, 2022: Application Deadline - Accounting and Management & Organization*

January 15, 2023: Application Deadline - Data Sciences & Operations, Finance & Business Economics and Marketing

* Although the Marshall PhD Program application is open until January 15th, the Accounting and Management & Organization programs application deadline is December 15th.

You can submit your application up until 11:59 PM PST on the deadline date. Ensure you allow for time to complete the required payment section. You must click Submit and complete the final payment information before the deadline in order to guarantee your submission is accepted.

Special Notes:

  • All applicants will select the Marshall PhD Program Application (495).
  • Please refer to final section of the Marshall PhD Program Application to specify the program (accounting, finance, management, marketing, operations, or statistics) you would like to pursue.

Application Requirements

 - Completion of Bachelor’s Degree
 - Transcripts
 - GRE or GMAT scores
 - IELTS or TOEFL scores (international applicants)
 - Statement of Purpose
 - Resume/CV
 - Three Letters of Recommendation
 - Passport
 - Application Fee ($90)


Ph.D. Program
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
3670 Trousdale Parkway, BRI 306
Los Angeles, California 90089-0809