Admission

Application Deadlines

Application Type Due Date
Priority Application December 1, 2018
Regular Application February 1 , 2019

Information Sessions

Attend Information Sessions

Application Requirements:

  • Four-year undergraduate degree, or international equivalent. Applicants in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree may apply, with acceptance contingent on finishing the undergraduate degree.
  • A completed online application, including one essay, a professional résumé, and one letter of recommendation.
  • Application fee: $150.
  • If you are an International student who did not spend 4 years completing a bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university, you must submit proof of proficiency in English by way of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report (Educational Testing Service's TOEFL school code for USC is 4852), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Selecting the MS in Social Entrepreneurship

Once logged in to the online application, you will need to select the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship as your degree program. Navigate to the "Application Information" page from the menu on the left and use the pull-down menu to select your matriculation semester (Summer 2016) as the answer to Question 1. Then select "Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship (SOCE)" as the answers to Question 2 and Question 3.

Transcripts

You may use the forms provided with the online application to request that your undergraduate (bachelor's degree) transcripts be sent directly to the mailing address below: 

3601 S. Flower Street. Room #112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

Transcripts should be sent to USC only after the online application has been submitted. Please include the 10 digit USC ID you received through the online application process with your transcript.

We encourage applicants to upload unofficial transcripts to the online application. However, while the Admissions Committee can review an application with unofficial transcripts, a final decision cannot be rendered until official transcripts have been received and evaluated.

International students: Please ask your undergraduate institution to include an explanation of the grading system and information about how the transcript should be assessed. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation.

E-transcripts: USC now accepts official electronic transcripts, provided they meet the following guidelines:

  • The transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.
  • The school is located in the United States.
  • We do not accept electronic transcripts from any other overseas institutions or vendors.

Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to etrans@usc.edu. Do not send any other materials or correspondence to this email address yourself. Electronic transcripts e-mailed to any other address will not be downloaded, resulting in a delay of your file review and an extra expense to you because the transcript will need to be re-sent.

Recommendations

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; do not send the letter separately.

Interviews

Interviews are conducted by invitation only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. On campus interviewing is preferred, but interviews via Skype may also available.

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/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.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): For additional information, visit TOEFL. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): IELTS

Tuition

Total tuition cost of the M.S. program is estimated to be $56,888. This cost may increase if the university raises tuition rates. In addition, there will be an MSSE program fee of $210 that will be charged each semester you are enrolled in the program.