Requirements (See tabs below for more details):

  • A completed online application
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution
  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardized test scores – GMAT or GRE 
  • Two required essays (there is also one optional essay)
  • A professional résumé (typically one page)
  • Application fee: $155
  • TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable) – This applies to most international applicants (non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S permanent resident). Review the "Test Scores" section below to determine if this requirement applies to you.

Note: We neither require nor accept letters of recommendation as part of our admissions process.


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.

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Test Scores

Uploading of Test Scores (required for all applicants)

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 – All candidates must submit at least one of these exams. The only exception are those candidates who are applying to the MD/MBA dual degree program. These tests must have been taken on or after August 1, 2015. If you have taken both tests, please submit both. Upload unofficial copies (examinee score report or test-day printout) into your online application. Note: You must either upload your score report into the application or provide the intended future test date in the appropriate field in the application. Failure to do this may result in a deny decision.

TOEFL or IELTS Score Report – All candidates must possess and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English. International applicants (those who are not U.S. citizens or not U.S. permanent residents) whose native language is not English must submit at least one of these test score reports. Marshall, however, does not require the submission of English Proficiency Exam scores by international applicants for the Full-Time MBA program who hold a bachelor’s degree completed in its entirety at an officially recognized non-U.S. university in which English is the language of instruction. In sum, all international applicants whose native language is not English must submit one of the following:

  • Valid, official TOEFL or IELTS test scores; or
  • Documentation demonstrating that English was the language of instruction at the institution at which the applicant completed their bachelor’s degree. This documentation can either be:
    • A university transcript that states that the medium of instruction is English (to be uploaded in the transcript section of the USC application); or
    • Another official university document that states that the medium of instruction is English (to be uploaded in the “Optional Documents” section of the “Program Materials” part of the USC application.)


TOEFL or IELTS exams must be taken on or after August 1, 2018 to be considered valid. Upload unofficial copies (examinee score report or test-day printout) in the appropriate area below. 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.
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Fall 2020 Application Essay Questions

  • Essay #1 (Required) – What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA? Please include an intended position, function, and industry in your response. (word limit: 100)
  • Essay #2 (Required) – Please draft a letter that begins with "Dear Admissions Committee" (word limit: 600)
  • This letter is meant to be your personal statement that provides the Admissions Committee with an understanding of your candidacy for Marshall beyond what is evident in other parts of your application. This essay is purposely open-ended. You are free to express yourself in whatever way you see fit. Our goal is to have an appreciation for and an understanding of each candidate in ways that are not captured by test scores, grades, and resumes. 

  • Essay #3 (Optional) Please provide any additional information you would like the admissions committee to consider. (word limit: 250)
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