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Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have.


Please make sure to review the detailed information in our FAQ page.

Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions:

Is it possible to apply to the MSF program in the Fall?

No. The MSF program only has entry in the summer session. 

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Is it possible to do an internship during the program?

Due to the accelerated nature of the program, your time may be very limited. However, students have taken internship offers at their own discretion.

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How long does it take to complete the program?

The MSF program at USC is a one-year program that begins in the summer and commences in the spring with graduation.

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Can students complete the MSF program part-time or via distance learning?

Currently, the only option of completing the MSF program is by attending classes as a full-time student on campus.

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I will finish my undergraduate studies in June, however, the MSF program begins in May. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. Should you be accepted into the program, your offer will be conditional until your final degree is presented. Students in this situation can still begin classes in the summer even if their diploma is not delivered until later in the summer term. We usually cannot make accommodations for students starting the summer term late. Therefore, it is up to the student to figure out how to arrive on time for the start of summer classes. It is also up to the student to follow up with degree verification before the start of fall classes.

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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.

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Is there a minimum GPA?

There is no minimum GPA requirement. Applicants are evaluated on a number of criteria such as academic performance, test scores, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and whether or not their academic and research interests are an appropriate fit with the program. Do keep in mind that the MSF program is highly competitive. The average GPA of our last class was 3.57.  

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Where should I send my supplemental materials (transcripts and other hard copy materials)?

Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions you have previously attended must be mailed directly to USC. Electronic transcripts that meet certain requirements can be sent to

Please refer to the requirements section under the Admissions tab for details on submitting transcripts.

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I have a 3-year Bachelor's degree from an international institution. Does this meet the admissions requirements?

Degree evaluation is done by the Office of Graduate Admission.

For country specific requirements please visit:

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