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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 for a Spring or Summer start?

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

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Is it possible to do an internship during the program?

Yes, the summer semester  is built-in to the curriculum to allow students to pursue internships.

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How long does it take to complete the program?

The MSF program at USC is a 16 months program that begins in the fall and commences in the following fall 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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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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