International Students

Master of Science in Business Analytics


International Students 

The MS in Business Analytics program has many international students. As a STEM-certified program, our international students benefit from the 24-month STEM extension of post-completion OPT, increasing their total work authorization eligibility to up to 36 months.

Office of International Services

OIS is the primary resource for USC's international students. This office has the most updated information regarding visas, events specifically for international students, and employment. They also have great information on pre-arrival, arrival, and life in Los Angeles! All new students should sign up for their newsletter.



Who is considered an international applicant?

All applicants that are not United States nationals, and will be entering, or have already entered, the United States with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, should apply as an international student. Applicants who already reside in the United States and hold other non-immigrant visas (for example, E2, H2 or L2) are also considered international students.

Permanent residents of the United States, naturalized U.S. citizens, and U.S. citizens residing abroad and attending a university outside the United States are not considered international students.

*For more information visit the OIS (Office of International Services) office.

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When is the application deadline for international students?

The application will be open October 1st. Visit our Admission page for further dates, deadlines, and details.


The final deadline for international students is April 15th.

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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 come directly from the testing service and be dated within 2 years (24 months) prior to the start of your intended first term at USC*. To determine if USC requires TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores for the country of study, please check here.

*Exact date is subject to change; See the USC Academic Calendar for when classes begin for your desired term.

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How do I know if I am exempt from language testing?
  1. You hold a Bachelor’s degree completed in residency in United States or other Anglophone country.
    The Bachelor’s degree should come from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or officially recognized university in another country where English is both the language of instruction and the only officially recognized language of the country.

    Please note that the entire program must have been completed in the qualifying country.

    We do not waive the English-proficiency requirement based on either a graduate degree from a university in the U.S. or other qualifying country or an undergraduate program taught in English in a non-Anglophone country.

  2. Your native language is English.
    This applies to native English speakers from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec) where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

The criteria listed above are the only means by which international applicants can demonstrate English proficiency. USC does not waive the English-proficiency requirement based on any other consideration (work experience, ESL enrollment, etc.).

*Visit the OIS office for more information.

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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 am an international applicant who attended classes in English. Can I waive the TOEFL?

International applicants are exempt from submitting English-proficiency scores under the following circumstances:

1) You hold a bachelor’s degree completed in its entirety in the United States or another Anglophone country.

2) Your native language is English.

Transfer students must supply a TOEFL or IELTS score, even if they received a degree from an American university.

For more details please visit the Graduate Admissions Office

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What are the minimum scores for the TOEFL and IELTS?

International students who did not complete the entirety of a 4-year bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university MUST submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores meeting the following requirements:

  • Test taken within the last two years
  • TOEFL: 100+ overall, 20+ band score
  • TOEFL sent directly to USC by the Educational Testing Service using USC school code 4852
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, 6+ band score
  • IELTS choose USC from the list of institutions.
  • PTE sent directly to USC by the GMAT testing service using the Marshall MBA school code - 389-9C-23
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I have a 3-year Bachelor's degree from an international institution. Does this meet the admission requirement?

Degree evaluation is done by the Office of Graduate Admission.

For country specific requirements please visit:

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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 submit your transcript(s) to IERF for evaluation.

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Are there scholarships specific to international students?

The MS in Business Analytics program does not offer scholarships during the admissions process.

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Is the MS in Business Analytics a STEM degree?

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

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