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Fall 2021 Application Dates & Deadlines

Important Dates:

  • Application opens: October 1, 2020
  • Classes begin: August 23, 2021
  • Orientation:  early-mid August, 2021

Deadlines:

  • Round 1 – November 15, 2020 
  • Round 2 – January 15, 2021 
  • Round 3 – February 15, 2021 
  • Round 4 – March 15, 2021 
  • Round 5 – April 15, 2021 (International Student Deadline)
  • Round 6  May 15, 2021 (Domestic Student Deadline) 

Notes: It usually takes up to 6 weeks for the admission decision to be released and sent via email, after each round of deadline. Applications won’t be reviewed until all of the required documents are received. See Application Process to learn about all required admissions documents.

No international student applications will be accepted after April 15, 2021, due to immigration requirements and timelines.

We will continue to accept applications after May 15, 2021, for students who don't need a student visa. Applications received after this date will be considered on a first-come, first-served, and space-available basis. 

Applicants can only apply once per academic year.
 

To Qualify for Admission to the Program

Undergraduate Coursework:

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree with a competitive GPA. Please see here for degree requirements by country. All applicants must also have completed at least one statistics course at the undergraduate level or above, with no exceptions. If you have questions about whether a class you took qualifies as statistics, please see here or email the syllabus to our office, msba@marshall.usc.edu.

Work Experience:

A few years of work experience is preferred, but not required.

Test Scores:

The Marshall MSBA Program has temporarily waived the GMAT/GRE requirement for the Fall 2021 application cycle only. However, candidates may still choose to submit test scores. All applications will be reviewed holistically. 

Successful MSBA applicants must demonstrate both general academic and quantitative abilities. This can be accomplished in a number of ways including one or more of the following: 

  • Achievement of a final undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with at least one statistics course of grade B+ or higher from the degree-granting institution 
  • Successful completion of an advanced degree (masters level or higher) such as an MBA 
  • CPA or CFA certifications 
  • Submission of competitive GMAT or GRE scores

Applicants who wish to submit the test scores may upload it via the application portal.  Official scores must be received before the deadline and sent directly to USC Marshall by testing service in order to be reviewed.

  • Test taken within the last five years
  • We do not have a minimum requirement for GMAT/GRE.

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores meeting the following requirements are required for international students unless qualifying for the language test waiver found here:

  • Test took within the last two years of the start of the school semester
  • TOEFL: 100 or above, with 20 or above in each section
  • IELTS: 7 or above, with 6 or above on each band

Progressive Degree Program

The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) enables superior USC undergraduate students to apply undergraduate coursework toward the completion of a USC master’s degree. Please review here for information about Progressive Degree Program. MSBA program is accepting PDP applications for Fall 2021. Please see the requirements below. 

Note: Progressive Degree Program (PDP) is only available to current USC undergraduate students.

MSBA Progressive Degree Program Requirement Fall 2021

Listen to MSBA Associate Director Nina Richardson discuss what makes an applicant stand out!