Applicants may apply for admission to begin the program in the summer term or the fall or spring semesters. Summer applicants are encouraged to check the USC Schedule of Classes to ensure that desired courses will be offered. Application deadlines vary by semester, citizenship and registration goals. Details are available under the Dates and Deadlines link.
The equivalent of a 4-year bachelor's degree is required for admission. Additionally, applicants must have completed at least the equivalent of the first semester of a traditional 2-year M.B.A. accredited by the AACSB, EQUIS, ACBSP, AOCTE, IACBE or AMBA. Those admitted must complete the equivalent of the first year of a traditional 2-year M.B.A. program prior to beginning classes at U.S.C. Marshall. (Please see the FAQ page for details.)
Successful applicants should have earned a GPA of 3.3 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) in their graduate business course work, should have scored in at least the 80th percentile on the GMAT or the GRE, and will have at least two years of full-time work experience.
For International students who did not spend 4 years completing a bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university, proof of proficiency in English is required for admission. We accept scores from any of the following tests. (Only one is required. The minimums listed are not flexible.) Test scores are considered valid only if earned within 2 years of the applicant's intended first day of classes at USC.
- The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 100 with no less than 20 on each of the four test components.
- The PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) with a minimum score of 70.
- The IELTS (preferred) with a score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band score.
A complete application includes the following:
- Completed on-line application.
- Official scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE taken no more than 5 years prior to the applicants anticipated first term at USC.
- Responses to required essay questions.
- A nonrefundable application fee (waived for current USC students, USC staff, and USC alumni - see the FAQ page).
- Proof that the applicant has earned an undergraduate degree equivalent to a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree. One official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended must be submitted to USC in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. If all college or postgraduate work has not been completed, transcripts must be sent again when work in progress is completed and the degree is posted. Transcripts written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. For more information visit http://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/international-students-transcript-requirements/.
- Degree Verification. Applicants who completed degrees at institutions outside the United States must also submit documents verifying their degrees through the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org/usc). Please visit the IERF web site for details about required documents and fees. Use the USC link above to receive a USC discount.
- International applicants must also submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE taken no more than 2 years prior to the anticipated first term of enrollment and verification of sufficient financial support. International applicants are advised to see the instructions for International Students published in the USC Graduate Admissions Application Booklet http://gradadm.usc.edu/apply/international-students/.
To ensure adequate time to receive an admission decision, it is important to send completed application materials well in advance of the semester for which the applicant wishes to register.
The Application Process
Submit an on-line application to the M.M.S. program (code 1452) through the USC Graduate Admissions web site at http://gradadm.usc.edu/apply/. International applicants are advised to see the Checklist for International Students published in the USC Graduate Admissions web site.
- Current USC students and USC alumni are not required to submit an application fee or transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC. (See the FAQ page for details.)
- Applicants who completed their qualifying undergraduate degree and graduate coursework at an institution other than USC must submit all application documentation identified in the instructions including the application fee, official test scores and both uploaded and official transcripts.
GMAT and PTE scores must be issued directly to USC by the GMAT testing service using the Marshall MBA school code - 389-9C-23. The school code for USC Marshall for the GRE is 4852. Scores must be from tests taken within the last five years.
GRE and TOEFL test scores must be sent by the Educational Testing Service directly to USC school code 4852.
Transcript submission is a two-step process:
- You must upload scanned copies of official transcripts to the online application. Please note that these must be official transcripts printed on university letterhead. Print-outs from online student portals are not acceptable.
- After you submit your application and received your 10 digit USC ID number, you must also mail in official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions you have previously attended.
Please refer to the following link for details instructions on transcript requirements: https://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/us-students-transcript-requirements/.
This is a requirement set forth by the Office of Graduate Admission. You may contact the Office of Graduate Admission using the Contact form should you have any further questions about it.
MBA students and alumni from KAIST and from Sogang Business School should visit the FAQ page for special application instructions.
Students enrolled in the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI) Master of Journalism and Communication program should contact the Vice Dean of that program for additional assistance.
For application deadlines refer to the Dates and Deadlines page of this web site.
For additional information contact Management.Studies@marshall.usc.edu or call (213) 740-3198.