Application Process

Master of Science in Business Analytics

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Applications to the program are submitted online through the USC Marshall School of Business Admissions website. International applicants should also consult the instructions for international students published in the USC Graduate Admissions web site. When applying, we recommend using a personal email address that you will maintain access to for the forseeable future, rather than university or temporary accounts that you may lose access to over time. This is important because we are only able to communicate admissions decisions to the email address with which you applied.

A completed application includes the following items:

  • Submitted online application
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Resume
  • Essay questions (included with the online application process)
  • Two letters of recommendation (included with the online application process)
  • 1-minute video of yourself (included with the online application process)
  • A nonrefundable application fee (waived for current USC students, USC staff, and USC alumni)
  • Official test scores (GRE or GMAT, and if applicable TOEFL or IELTS) from the testing service. Note: You will also provide unofficial scores as part of the online application process
  • One sealed official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended except for USC. 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. It is recommended that you submit your academic records after you have submitted your online application and have received your USC ID number. Including your USC ID number with your mailed documents will expedite their processing.
Letters of Recommendation

The letters of recommendation are used as a gauge of your professional achievements and managerial potential. We prefer that your letters of recommendation be provided by a professor or direct supervisor. They should be able to provide specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities.

  • Two letters of recommendation are required and recommended.
  • Letters must be submitted online through the application system


Do not wait for your letters of recommendation to be submitted to submit your portion of the online application.

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Test Scores


Official scores must be received before the deadline in order to be reviewed.

  • We accept both the GRE and GMAT

  • Either GRE or GMAT scores are required for admissions

Sending Test scores: We recommend uploading unofficial copies of your GMAT or GRE scores with your application in addition to sending official scores (through the GMAT testing service or, for the GRE, through the Educational Testing Service using the codes mentioned).

The GRE code for USC Marshall is 4852. No department code is required.
The GMAT score for USC Marshall Marshall MBA  code is 389-9C-23.


English-Language proficiency – TOEFL/IELTS (International Students):

International graduate applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS scores. For the TOEFL we require a 100 or higher with each band score above 20 is required for admissions. Also, for the IELTS a score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6 is required.

Exceptions: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement only under the circumstances outlined here.

Submitting Scores: To avoid delays in processing of your application, we suggest that you ask to have your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to USC Marshall when you pre-register for the examination. You can also upload copies of your TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application. But these unofficial copies are a supplement to, not a substitute for, the official copies which must come through the testing service.

If you are required to take an English Language Exam, an official score report must be forwarded to USC by the testing agency. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. 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 you are sending TOEFL scores, the institution code for USC is 4852 (no department code is required). If you are sending IELTS scores, please choose “University of Southern California, Graduate Programs” from the list of available institutions of where to send your scores on the day that you sit for your test. Please 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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