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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the minimum GRE or GMAT score?
There is no minimum GRE or GMAT score.
Do you offer any financial aid?
We do not offer any financial aid, however, there are ways for admitted students to apply for scholarships once in the program. The program may have limited funding available for admitted students*.
*Is not guaranteed; Will vary from semester to semester.
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
Please include your USC ID number with your mailed documents. You receive this number after you have submitted your online application. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If your transcript is mailed anywhere else it may be discarded and your application will be considered incomplete.
Can I apply for the spring semester?
No, we only accept applications for admittance in the Fall.
Are decisions made on a rolling basis or after the deadlines?
We admit students each round.
Do my recommenders have to submit their letters online?
Yes, recommendations should be submitted via the online application system. We will not accept recommendation letters via email.
If your recommenders need help with the portal, have them contact email@example.com
Can I apply to more than one program at USC?
You can only apply for up to 3 programs per cycle. You must complete all program specific questions (quadrant IV) and pay the application fee for each program. You only need to submit your other application materials (transcript, test scores, etc.) once.
Can I get a dual degree?
Due to the nature of our program, we do not accept students intending to pursue a dual degree.
Are there any prerequisite course requirements?
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 at least one of the following topics:
- Basic probability
- Probability distributions (normal, exponential, etc.)
- Inferential statistics such t-tests, and Chi-square test, confidence intervals, and sampling
- Intro to linear regression
Is the MS in Business Analytics a STEM degree?
Yes, the MS in Business Analytics program is a STEM degree.
Is there an online/distance learning option?
No, this program’s courses are held at the University Park Campus only. We do offer a part-time option for domestic students only (due to immigration restrictions).
When does the program start?
Our program begins mid-August. Orientation is typically 1-2 weeks before school starts.
The Fall 2019 semester begins on August 26th. Orientation is tentatively the week of August 12th.
*Refer to the USC Academic Calendar for specific dates.
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.
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.
What is the cost of the program?
Please see "Program Costs" for the most updated information regarding cost.
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.
*Please visit "Career and Employer Relations" for more information.
I am interested in marketing, research, and strategy analytics. Does an MS in Business Analytics fit with my career goal?
Our program offers required courses targeted for marketing analytics applications, including DSO 545 on Data Visualization and DSO 570 on The Analytics Edge. Our program has elective 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.
The program is quite flexible, and we work with our students to develop a slate of elective courses that best fit with their interests and career plans.