International Students

For decades, the University of Southern California and the Marshall School of Business have been committed to cultivating a global perspective, connecting students from around the world to one another in their pursuit of continued learning. The online format perfectly supports this mission, bringing access to USC’s acclaimed business instruction to students outside the United States.

The Online MBA program is proud to accept international students and welcome them to the Trojan Family. Please see the admission requirements for more information.

The program does involve a one-week, on-campus class session that is a required element of the curriculum.

Despite this on-campus session, applicants from outside the United States should note that, because the program is delivered online, USC cannot grant Online MBA students a student visa. The USC Office of International Student Services will assist students in pursuing a temporary visa for their week on campus.

The program also involves mandatory discussion sessions conducted live via webcam for each course as well as group work and projects. International students must be able to work this into their schedule no matter where they may reside. They also should ensure that the technology and Internet speed is capable of handling streaming video and audio.

All students must have access to:

  • A computer (Windows or Mac OS) with the latest version of any of these browsers
    • Chrome
    • Safari
    • Internet Explorer
    • FireFox

    Note: iPads or Android tablets will work with the online course platform but may not be sufficient for other coursework

  • Headset or built-in speakers & microphone
  • HD Webcam
  • Broadband/high speed internet (1.5mbps minimum/3mbps preferred)

International Students - USC Online MBA

English-Language Proficiency

International graduate applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS scores. International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement under certain circumstances. You can visit the Graduate Admission page to learn more about USC’s policy regarding exemptions. USC does not waive the English-proficiency requirement based on any other considerations (work experience, ESL enrollment, etc.).

To avoid delays in application processing, its recommended that international students have their TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to USC Marshall when they pre-register for the examination. Copies TOEFL or IELTS scores can also be uploaded along with the program application. Official scores must be received directly from the testing service and date no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start of your intended first term at USC. If sending TOEFL scores, the institution code for USC is 4852 (no department code is required). If sending IELTS scores, please choose “University of Southern California, Graduate Programs” from the list of available institutions of where to send scores on the day of the examination. Please do not enter the name and contact information of the specific intended graduate department. USC will only accept electronic IELTS scores. Paper scores are not considered official.

Connect With USC Marshall School of Business:

Phone:(213) 821-6800

Recognized and Acclaimed

The Online MBA ranks #1 by U.S. News & World Report, ranks #3 by Poets & Quants for best online MBA program, reaches top-5 in the World University Rankings of global online MBA programs from QS, and ranks #3 on the list of Top Online MBA programs from The Princeton Review. The program's curriculum designers have been honored by the Online Learning Consortium and its video content has earned two Telly Awards. USC Marshall is accredited by AACSB, a longstanding quality benchmark for business schools.