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Admissions Requirements

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Marshall School of Business is committed to protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We have therefore made the following changes to our admissions policies for Spring 2021:

  • Since many testing centers have been closed, submitting official score reports for the GMAT, GRE or EA exam is not required for admission.

We are maintaining our holistic review process to ensure the strongest cohort possible. Test scores have proven to be helpful in predicting whether students are prepared for the rigorous study of an MBA program. Althought not required, we highly encourage applicants to take the online alternative to the GMAT exam, the GRE General Test at Home, or the online alternative of the EA (for applicants with 10 or more years of professional work experience).


Our process for submitting transcripts has changed. Do not mail any transcripts to USC until further notice.

If an institution is directly sending your transcripts to USC, they should be emailed to etrans@usc.edu. Do not send any other materials or correspondence to this email address.

If you need to submit transcripts issued by an institution’s registrar, please scan your official registrar-issued transcripts.


The Marshall School of Business is closely tracking the evolving situation in the COVID-19 pandemic and implementing precautions to protect the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Updates for the general USC community can be found at the COVID-19 Resource Center.

USC 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 will be: December 7, 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 2021 Cohort
Review Round Submission Deadline
Application Review Round 1 September 15, 2020
Application Review Round 2 (Final Round), Scholarship Deadline October 30, 2020
Classes Start December 7, 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 USC 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. Note: Please have your official transcripts sent to USC.
    E-Transcripts (Recommended):
    The transcript must originate from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.

    If located outside the United States, we accept electronic transcripts only from India sent via TrueCopy Credentials. 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.

    If your institution does not provide an official e-transcript you can also mail them in.

    Mailing Address:

    Please note there is a delay in processing due to the current pandemic. It is recommended that all official transcripts are sent electronically.
    If sending your transcripts via regular mail, please use the following address:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admission
    3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

    If sending your transcripts via courier services, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
    3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
    Phone: (213) 740-1111

  • Official GMAT or GRE score report. Note: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are not required to submit a GMAT, GRE, or EA score as a condition of admission for Spring 2021. However, taking the online alternative to the GMAT exam, the GRE General Test at Home, or the online alternative of the Executive Assessment (for applicants with 10 or more years of professional work experience) is highly encouraged.
    Test scores have proven to be helpful in predicting whether students are prepared for the rigorous study of an MBA, particularly the quantitative and analytic parts of the program. Scores are valid for five years. If submitting a test score, you must have taken the exam by the time you submit an application. We recommend uploading unofficial copies of your test 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

    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.
    Note: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may submit two letters of recommendation for application review for Spring 2021.
  • 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 online application:

University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
GRADUATE
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

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

Please have your official transcripts sent to USC.

E-Transcripts (Recommended)
The transcript must originate from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.

If located outside the United States, we accept electronic transcripts only from India sent via TrueCopy Credentials. 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.

If your institution does not provide an official e-transcript you can also mail them in.

Mailing Address:
Please note there is a delay in processing due to the current pandemic. It is recommended that all official transcripts are sent electronically.
If sending your transcripts via regular mail, please use the following address:
University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
If sending your transcripts via courier services, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:
University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
Phone: (213) 740-1111


Recommendations

Three letters of recommendation are required. However, due to COVID-19, applicants may submit two letters of recommendation for application review for Spring 2021. 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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