Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Science in Business Analytics

Student Profile

What is the average GPA for admitted students?


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What is the average GMAT score for admitted students?


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What is the average GRE score for admitted students?

Composite: 320 
Quant: 166 
Verbal: 154

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What is the average age of admitted students?


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What is the average amount of work experience admitted students have?

1.5 years

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What is the Acceptance Rate?


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What percentage of the Fall 2016 cohort are International Students?

85% of our students are International

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Can I still submit an application?

Yes. The deadlines for submitting applications are: 

April 15th for international students
May 15th for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents 

However, the admission will be done on a rolling basis. We will be making decisions as soon as applications arrive, so please be sure to send in your application early. There will be a high demand for the seats in our program. So, please try to submit your complete application as soon as possible.

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What is the language requirement?

For the TOEFL we require a 100 or higher with each band score above 20. 

For the IELTS you need a score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6. 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.

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What is the minimum GRE or GMAT score?

There is no minimum GRE or GMAT score.

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Do you offer any financial aid?

We do not offer any financial aid.

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Where should I mail my sealed official transcripts?

By regular mail:

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

By courier service, such as DHL or FedEx:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
(213) 740-1111

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.

Also, USC is now accepting electronic official transcripts from universities in the United States and India. Transcripts need to be sent by your university to

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My GPA is out of 10; do I need to convert it?

No, the USC Graduate Admissions Office will convert it for you.

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Can I apply for the spring semester?

No, we only accept applications for admittance in the fall.

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What is my USC ID # and what is it used for?

The University assigns each applicant a personal USC ID # upon receipt of any part of the application or its supporting materials. Your USC ID number will be automatically sent within seven days of submitting the online application. The USC ID should be referenced when sending additional information or checking on application status.

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Are decisions made on a rolling basis or after the deadlines?

We admit students on a rolling basis.

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Does USC accept WES evaluated transcripts?

No, USC does not accept WES evaluated transcripts. If you are admitted, then you will use IERF to evaluate your transcript(s).

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Do my recommenders have to submit their letters online?

Yes, recommendations should be submitted via the online application system.

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Do I have to take the TOEFL if I received a graduate degree from a university within the United States? What if I have been working in the U.S.?

Yes, you still need to take the TOEFL or IELTS. A Master's, MBA, or Ph.D. degree from the United States DOES NOT exempt you from the TOEFL or IELTS. Work experience in the United States also DOES NOT exempt you from taking the TOEFL or IELTS.

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I completed a 3-year degree in India. Am I eligible to apply for this program?

Yes, we will consider applicants who graduated with a 3-year degree from Commonwealth countries.

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Can I apply to more than one program at USC?

Yes, but you must complete the program specific questions and pay the application fee for each program. You only need to submit your application materials (transcript, test scores, etc.) once.

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Program Information

Is the MS in Business Analytics a STEM degree?

Yes, the MS in Business Analytics program is a STEM degree.

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Is there an online/distance base learning option?

No, this program is located at the University Park Campus only.

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What is the cost of the program?

The total tuition cost for the M.S. program is estimated to be $58,674 (based on the 2016-2017 school year). Also, there will be program fees of $1,300 that will be charged to cover some events and materials.

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Can elective courses include other business classes at Marshall?

Yes, it is possible to include other business classes at Marshall as part of your elective plans. Once you are admitted to the program, we can work with you to customize a program of elective courses that would meet your career goals.

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What is the difference between Business Analytics and Information Technology?

Our master program is targeted to professionals who are interested in a career in business analytics and data sciences, which is different from information technology. While information technology deals with computer infrastructure and hardware for handling big data, business analytics and data sciences focus on the analyzing big data, deriving business insights, and presenting complex data to business executives. So, our program has a completely different focus than information technology.

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I am interested in marketing, research, and strategy analytics. Does the MS in Business Analytics fit with my career goal?

Our program offers required courses that are targeted to applications in marketing analytics, including DSO 545 on Data Visualization and DSO 570 on The Analytics Edge. Also, our program has a courses on Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy & Execution (DSO 573) and Marketing Analytics (DSO 566). If your interests are in marketing and strategy analytics, our program will be a great fit. 

Also, as mentioned before, our program is quite flexible. If you are not interested in the elective courses on database systems, data warehousing, and information security, you can skip them. Instead, we can work with you to develop a slate of elective courses that best fit with your interest and career plan. Given your interests in marketing, research, and strategy analytics, we can work with you to choose elective courses that are related to these areas.

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Are there any prerequisite course requirements?

No, we do not have any prerequisite course requirements. We will teach you everything you need to know in order to be successful.

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When does the program start?

Our program begins mid-August. Orientation is the week before school starts.

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What does your program offer in terms of Career Relations, Strategy, and Support?

The MS, Business Analytics program offers students a full-time, dedicated Career Strategist to provide career development, strategy, employer relations, and tailored support for the job and internship search. As a top ranked program and affiliated with USC’s distinguished network of Trojan alumni, we consistently have newly emerging partnerships and strong relations with the most pre-eminent regional, national, and global employers. 

Using a data-driven approach to provide comprehensive employer relations, students encounter and interact with a wide variety of industry areas and contacts from corporate to non-profit and government agencies. Situated in Southern California, USC’s cultivated employer network offers exciting opportunities that are distinctive to this region in the field of entertainment, technology, internet, computer software, gaming, start-ups, healthcare, accounting, consulting, consumer packaged goods, and more.

Career services include 1:1 resume and cover letter advising, workshops that address interview and networking preparation for life-long success, personality assessment, communication skills, personal branding, and guest facilitators from the top training and professional coaching organizations such as Dale Carnegie Global Corporate Solutions of Greater Los Angeles. Employer relations include site visits, datathons, guest speakers, networking events, a program-specific career portal and resume book, portfolio reviews, and more.

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