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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 Fall 2020:

  • The deadline for applications to the Online MBA program has been extended to June 19, 2020.
  • 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. We highly encourage applicants to take the online alternative to the GMAT exam (available in mid-April), the GRE General Test at Home, or the online alternative of the EA (for applicants with 10 or more years of professional work experience – available in mid-April). Marshall will offer scholarships to new students if they achieve the following minimum test scores:

  • GMAT: 640 OR
  • GRE: 315 OR
  • Comparable and higher scores on the online alternatives to these exams

Scholarship amounts will vary based on a holistic assessment of each application.


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 follow these steps:

  1. Scan your official registrar-issued transcripts.
  2. Submit the transcripts via the Contact Form.
  3. Select “Graduate Admission” as the Area and “Transcripts” as the Category. Be sure to have your 10-digit USC ID. In the body of the message include your USC ID number, and then attach the documents. Please use PDF or JPEG format only for attachments, and ensure the file is no larger than 10 MB.

Please visit the coronavirus website for the latest updates and full details on how the university is responding to this crisis. If you have specific questions about how this situation affects your plans to attend the Online MBA program, please contact an enrollment counselor by emailing onlinemba@marshall.usc.edu or calling (877) 779-6643.

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 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.

Fall 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 19, 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 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: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, do not mail any transcripts to USC or have them sent electronically to etrans@usc.edu until further notice. In order to submit your official transcripts, please follow the steps below:
    • Submit your official registrar-issued transcripts via the Contact Form until further notice.
    • Please select “Graduate Admission” as the area and “Transcripts” as the category. Be sure to have your 10-digit USC ID. In the body of the message, include your USC ID number and then attach the documents. Please use PDF or JPEG format only for attachments and ensure the file is no larger than 10 MB.
  • 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 Fall 2020. However, taking the online alternative to the GMAT exam (available in mid-April), 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 – available in mid-April) is highly encouraged. We will offer scholarships to new students with a GMAT of 640 or higher OR a GRE of 315 or higher and comparable test scores of the online alternatives to these exams. The amount of the scholarship will vary depending on their overall application.
    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 Fall 2020. The final letter must be in by August 1.
  • 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

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, do not mail any transcripts to USC or have them sent electronically to etrans@usc.edu until further notice. In order to submit your official transcripts, please follow the steps below:

  • Submit your official registrar-issued transcripts via the Contact Form until further notice.
  • Please select “Graduate Admission” as the area and “Transcripts” as the category. Be sure to have your 10-digit USC ID. In the body of the message, include your USC ID number and then attach the documents. Please use PDF or JPEG format only for attachments and ensure the file is no larger than 10 MB.

Recommendations

Three letters of recommendation are required. However, due to COVID-19, applicants may submit two letters of recommendation for Fall 2020. The final letter must be in by August 1. 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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