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Admissions Requirements

MBA Admissions Requirements

USC Marshall, one of the nation’s premier business schools, offers an online MBA that is specifically designed to help students succeed in today’s digitally driven business landscape. Taught by full-time tenured business scholars, educators, and executives, the Marshall Online MBA coursework provides students with the rigor they would expect of a top MBA program. In accordance with the program’s high standards, admissions requirements are equally stringent for Marshall’s online and residential programs.

Upcoming Start Date

The next start date is: August 10, 2020

Application Submission and Review Schedule

The USC Marshall Online MBA offers students two opportunities to begin the program each year in August and December. The Admissions Committee reviews completed applications during three rounds prior to each start date.

Spring 2020 Cohort
Review Round Submission Deadline
Application Review Round 1 February 5, 2020
Application Review Round 2, Scholarship Deadline April 1, 2020
Application Review Round 3, Final Deadline June 3, 2020
Classes Start August 10, 2020

The Admissions Committee will make every attempt to review and render decisions to applicants within two to three weeks of a submission deadline.

Given that our class sizes are limited, we recommend that applicants submit all completed materials as soon as possible to secure their placement. The Admissions Committee endeavors to build a cohort of students with excellent and diverse academic and professional backgrounds. As such, the admissions process is selective. Applying early will allow you more time to plan finances, coordinate travel to the one-week residential intensive at our main campus, and potentially improve your application’s standing.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the Online MBA program, candidates must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum of 2 years of work experience is required.

Admissions Materials

Online MBA candidates must submit the following materials*:

  • A completed Graduate Admission Application
  • Official and unofficial academic transcripts. You are required to upload unofficial copies of your academic transcripts with your application in addition to sending official academic transcripts to USC. See below for more information
  • Official GMAT or GRE score report. Scores are valid for five years. You must have taken the GMAT or GRE exam by the time you submit an application. We recommend uploading unofficial copies of your GMAT or GRE scores with your application in addition to sending official scores to USC. The codes for USC Marshall MBA programs are:
    • GMAT: 389-9C-23
    • GRE: 4852

    Note: GMAT and GRE scores have proven to be helpful in predicting whether students are prepared for the rigorous study of an MBA program, particularly the quantitative and analytic parts of the program. Accordingly, the USC Online MBA program employs GMAT or GRE scores as one factor in assessing student preparation for study in the program. A completed application (including GMAT or GRE score) must be submitted before an admissions decision can be made. A few applicants may be granted a GMAT waiver. If you have any questions about the waiver requirements or process, please contact an enrollment counselor.

  • One required essay as outlined in the online application
  • An up-to-date professional résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one being written by a professional contact
  • Application fee: $155
  • International applicants (if applicable): official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. Review the USC policy to determine if this requirement applies to you
  • An interview via video web conference for final candidates is required

Use the following address to send materials by postal mail after submitting your on-line application:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If you use a courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, send your materials to this address:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911

*Applicants should note that USC Marshall is currently not accepting applications to the Online MBA program from Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, and Wisconsin.


Interviews are conducted by invitation only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Interviews will be conducted via video web conference. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by email.

Submitting Official Transcripts

Candidates will need to submit complete, sealed, official transcripts from all prior universities attended. These transcripts may be mailed to applicants first or mailed directly to the University of Southern California. In either case, the transcripts must be received by the USC Office of Graduate Admission in their original sealed envelope.

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

Postal Mail:
University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

Courier Service, such as DHL or FedEx:
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street
Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

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 institution overseas.

Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to Do not send any materials or correspondence to this email address.

Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts to the on-line 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.

If the name on an applicant’s official transcripts does not match the name on the application (i.e., last name changed, English name appears on the application, etc.), please contact the USC Office of Graduate Admission to notify them of the name on the application and the name used on official transcripts so that your records may be retrieved appropriately.

International applicants: Please request any undergraduate institutions attended 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.


Three letters of recommendation are required. These are used as a gauge of the applicant’s professional achievements and managerial potential. One of these letters should come from a professional contact, ideally a personal supervisor. Each letter should provide specific observations and examples of the student’s leadership, teamwork, analytical skills, and personal qualities. All letters of recommendation can be submitted through the online application process.

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