The following items comprise the basic requirements of the application. Please review the information on the subsequent tabs for more detail:

  • A completed online application
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution
  • Academic transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation, which must be submitted on-line
  • Standardized test scores – GMAT or GRE (optional)
  • Two required essays (there is also one optional essay)
  • A professional résumé
  • Interview
  • Application fee: $155
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable) – This applies to most international applicants (non U.S. citizen or U.S permanent resident). Review the USC policy to determine if this requirement applies to you.


Interviews are conducted after a completed application has been reviewed. Interviews are by invitation only and a requirement of the EMBA application process. USC Marshall offers interviews at our main campus in Los Angeles, our Orange County campus in Irvine, and we are happy to arrange on-line and off-site interviews for applicants outside of the Southern California area.


Transcript submission is a two-step process:

  • Step #1 - You must upload scanned copies of official transcripts into the online application. While these uploaded copies are technically unofficial, they will allow the Admissions Committee to render a preliminary admissions decision on your application. Please note that these must be scans of official Registrar- issued transcripts printed on university letterhead. Print-outs from online student portals or screen shots are not acceptable. International applicants should also upload a copy of their diploma and/or degree certificate.
  • Step #2 – Due to COVID-19, the university is currently not processing transcripts coming in via mail or courier. We are, however, accepting official electronic transcripts submitted by universities. If the transcript is an official electronic version being submitted directly from the school, the transcript should be sent to

A note on E-transcripts: USC now accepts official electronic transcripts, provided they meet the following guidelines:

  • The transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.
  • The school is located in the United States.
  • The electronic transcripts from India must be sent via TrueCopy Credentials. We do not accept electronic transcripts from any other overseas institutions or vendors.

USC alumni or current students: While USC degree holders must upload a copy of their official transcript into the online application, they do not need to submit official USC transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admission. Please be sure to include your USC enrollment in the “Academic Background” section so that we may match your application to the academic records already on file.

Transcripts in original language of issuance: International students who have earned their degree outside the United States must check our country-specific requirements to determine if we need original-language copies of their academic records. In such cases, a separate, word-for-word, English-language translation of all academic records must also be submitted. The translation should either be issued directly from the school itself or by a professional, certified translator. It must contain all information shown on the original-language documents and “mirror” them as precisely as possible. Dual-language transcripts are also acceptable.

Credential evaluation: Please note that USC does not accept or recognize credential evaluation reports from outside agencies (e.g. WES, ECE, etc.) for the purposes of admission review.

Confidentiality and Document Submission Policy
Transcripts and all other materials submitted for admission consideration become the property of USC. The university does not return or duplicate materials for any reason whatsoever. The information and materials in your submitted application are made available only to the central Office of Admission and the admission committee of the academic department or professional school to which you have applied.

Test Scores

Uploading of Test Scores

All admissions decisions are made by the Admissions Committee based on unofficial test scores that are uploaded into the online application as follows:

GMAT or GRE score report –The GMAT or GRE exam is optional for the EMBA program. Candidates may either upload the score report into the application or provide the intended future test date in the appropriate field in the application.

TOEFL or IELTS – Most international applicants (those who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents) must submit at least one of these tests unless they meet the English-Language Waiver requirements. These tests must have been taken on or after August 1, 2018. Please review the USC policies for the waiver guidelines and English proficiency requirements. Upload unofficial copies (examinee score report or test-day printout) into the online application. Important: Please register to have the testing service(s) forward USC the official school test report no later than the deadline for the admissions round within which you are applying. Failure to do so will result in your application being shifted to a subsequent admissions round.

Submitting Official Test Scores

All candidates will need to submit official test scores (provided to USC by the testing service). To save time, applicants should, at the time of test registration, have the testing service(s) forward the official, confidential school report using the following institution codes:

  • GMAT: 389-9C-23
  • GRE: 4852
  • TOEFL: 4852
  • IETLS: Choose “University of Southern California, Graduate Programs.” Do not enter the name and contact information of your specific intended graduate department. USC will only accept electronic IELTS scores. Paper scores are not considered official.


Below are the essay questions for the Fall 2020 requirement cycle. You will find these in the Program Materials section of the online application:

  • Essay #1 (Required) – What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA? (word limit: 100)
  • Essay #2 (Required) – At Marshall, we take pride in the fact that our students work collaboratively, both inside and outside the classroom, to create a culture, a community, and an environment that truly defines what we call the Trojan Family. Please describe the contributions you expect to make to your classmates during your time at USC. How will they benefit from your presence in the program? (word limit: 500)
  • Essay #3 (Optional) – Please provide any additional information that will enhance our understanding of your candidacy for the program. (word limit: 250)