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 foreseeable 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.

Application Checklist

Online Application

Please complete the online application and upload all required documents here

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Four-Year Undergraduate Degree or Equivalent

Please view here for academic records requirement for your specific country. 

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Prerequisite Course

Applicants must complete a statistics course before applying. This is to ensure applicants will be successful in our program.

Eligible statistics courses must be taken for credit from an accredited college or university, and must cover all the following topics:

  1. Basic probability 
  2. Probability distributions (normal, exponential, etc.)
  3. Inferential statistics such t-tests, and Chi-square test, confidence intervals, and sampling
  4. Intro to linear regression

Please note that prior programing experience is not required.

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Instructions on writing a resume can be found here.

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Essay Questions

Please answer these essay questions in the online application. 

1. Describe your career aspirations. What roles, companies, industries, and regions do you see yourself working in and how do you see Marshall's MSBA program helping you achieve your goal? (250 words maximum).

2. Give us an example of a skill that you have acquired through self-learning, and explain the process in which you taught yourself the skill? (250 words maximum)

3. If there is something you would like us to know about you personally or professionally that hasn't already been mentioned, feel free to do so here. (Optional, 250 words maximum)

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1-minute Self Introduction Video

Please create a one minute video addressing the following: In the Business Analytics program, we have a diverse and collaborative environment both inside and outside of the classroom. We also place value on creating a community with the entire Trojan Family. Please describe the contributions you expect to make during your time at USC. How will your colleagues benefit from your presence in the program? 

Please upload the video following the instruction in the online application. 

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Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $155 if mandatory (waived for current USC students, USC staff, and USC alumni). Please see how to apply for a waiver here.

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Test Scores


The Marshall MSBA Program no long requires the GMAT/GRE for all applicants. However, candidates may still choose to submit test scores. All applications will be reviewed holistically. 

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.

Submitting Scores: Upload electronic copies of your GMAT or GRE scores with your application in addition to sending official scores to USC Marshall through the testing service (GMAC or ETS).


  • GRE4852 (No department code is required).
  • GMAT389-9C-23

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

International graduate applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Minimum Requirement:

  • TOEFL: Total 100; each band 20
  • IELTS: Overall 7; each band 6


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, please have your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to USC Marshall when you pre-register for the examination.  Upload electronic copies of your TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application in addition to sending official scores to USC Marshall through the testing service. 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.


  • TOEFL: 4852 (no department code is required)
  • IELTS: 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.

Note: 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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Official Transcripts

Transcript submission is a two-step process:

  1. Upload scanned copies of official transcripts into the online application.  These must be official transcripts printed on university letterhead. Print-outs from online student portals are not acceptable. 

  2. After submitting your application and receiving your 10 digit USC ID number, you must mail official transcripts. You can have the previous institution(s) send them sent via mail or e-transcript directly to USC's Office of Graduate Admissions.  

Please note that you transcripts from all colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions you have previously attended must be uploaded and mailed.Transcripts written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

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. It is recommended to mail the 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. Please do not mail transcripts to Marshall or the MS Business Analytics office - it will delay your application decision. For mailing address and detailed instructions regarding transcript requirements, please see here.

Mailing Instructions

Official academic records from all post-secondary schools you have attended should be sent to the addresses provided below.

If sending your transcripts via regular mail, please use the following address:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
Phone: (213) 740-1111

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. 

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Financial Documents

International students are required to provide financial documentations in the application. Please see here for detailed requirement.

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Note: We neither require nor accept any additional/supplemental materials (such as letters of recommendation, certificates from online courses, or project samples). All materials must be uploaded via the application portal. No documents will be accepted via email. 


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Admission decisions are based on consideration of the applicant's previous academic record, resume, responses to essay questions and video. Space is limited, therefore we strongly encourage you to submit your application early.

There are three decisions you may receive by the notification deadlines:


You may choose to accept or decline our offer. In the event you choose to accept, you will have a brief period of time to submit your non-refundable $2,000 deposit. Please be prepared for this expense before decisions are announced and refer to your admission email for the deposit deadline.

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We will re-review your application at a later date. (Waitlisted applicants will receive more information about this process. You may opt to withdraw your application if you receive this notification and no longer wish to be considered for the program.)

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All decisions are final. You are welcome to apply for our program in a future year.

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