*Note - We are accepting applications for Fall 2020. On the application, it will still say summer 2020. Please go ahead and select summer 2020 and you will be reviewed for fall 2020 admission.

Application Requirements

Please see the MSSE Application Checklist for more information:

  • Four-year undergraduate degree or international equivalent. Applicants in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree may apply, with acceptance contingent on completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • A completed online application, including one essay, a professional resume and one letter of recommendation.
  • Application fee: $155.
  • If you are an international student who did not spend four years completing a bachelor's degree at a college or university in the U.S., Britain, Canada or Australia, you must submit proof of English proficiency by way of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report.

Online Application Instructions

Apply online at Please be sure to reference the MSSE Application Checklist for detailed instructions.


We see letters of recommendation as a gauge of your academic and professional achievements and leadership potential. Your recommenders should provide specific observations and examples of your character, teamwork, analytical skills, personal qualities and commitment to social justice. You must submit one letter of recommendation through the online application. 

International Applicants

International students are required to take an English language exam. USC Marshall accepts the following exams:

An English language exam is not required for U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. It can be waived for international students under either of two conditions: (1) if the candidate's native language is English (students from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, excluding Quebec); or (2) if the candidate has received his or her bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university.

If you are required to take an English language exam, an official score report must be forwarded to USC by the testing agency. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. The TOEFL code for the USC Marshall MSSE program is 4852.

To avoid delays in processing your application, we suggest that you ask to have your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to USC Marshall when you pre-register for the examination. You can also upload copies of your TOEFL or IELTS scores (and your GMAT or GRE scores, if you wish to submit those) with your application. These unofficial copies are a supplement to — not a substitute for — the official copies, which must come through the testing services.