Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the size of the program? How many students are in the class?
We have approximately 140 students. This fall, 2020, we enrolled 70 students.
Can you provide feedback on my candidacy prior to submitting an application?
Yes. We encourage you to schedule a one-on-one session with MBA Admissions. The following is a link to schedule a 20 minute session.
Are there any programs that connect prospective applicants with current students/alumni?
MBA Admissions hosts a number of virtual information sessions to connect prospective applicants with current students or alumni.
Do you provide scholarships based on financial need?
Scholarships are merit-based. The Admissions Committee bases scholarship award decisions on a range of criteria, including scholastic merit, leadership, work experience and other characteristics that add value to the academic and social atmosphere of USC Marshall. Scholarships are awarded for only the first academic year.
Do I need work experience to apply?
Yes. A minimum of 8 years of work experience is recommended to apply, but on average, the Fall 2020 entering class had 14 years of work experience.
Are there any prerequisites to apply or enroll? Do I need a degree in a specific major?
The only prerequisite is a Bachelor’s degree. College graduates from all majors are welcome to apply.
I have a three-year bachelor’s degree from outside the U.S. Am I eligible to apply?
Per the Marshall School of Business MBA Admissions requirements, all applicants must have received the equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. While it is possible for some universities to provide an equivalent 4-year degree in only 3 years, USC cannot make any determinations to an applicant’s eligibility until a completed application is received. For this reason, it is up to each individual applicant to determine whether they would like to apply even with the possibility that their degree might make them ineligible for the USC Marshall School of Business MBA Program.
I already have an MBA. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, you are eligible to apply. In the application, be sure to explain why you are pursuing a second MBA.
Admissions & Interview Process
How do you weigh the various parts of the application?
We use a holistic approach. No one section is worth more than another.
Can I submit my application without test scores?
Yes, the GMAT or GRE is optional.
When is the best time to submit my application?
Apply when you feel your application is strongest.
Can I request to be interviewed?
No. Interviews are by invitation only. We will contact you, if we want to interview you.
If I’m invited to be interviewed, do I have to travel to Los Angeles?
Consider visiting Los Angeles, it is the best way to learn more about the Executive MBA Program, USC Marshall, and Los Angeles. If you do not live in the area or are not able to travel to Los Angeles, interviews are offered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Please note, all applicants are currently being interviewed virtually, due to COVID -19.
Who conducts the interviews? How long does it last?
Interviews are conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee. Interviews typically last between 45 - 60 minutes.
Is it possible to receive an application fee waiver?
Fee waivers are provided to prospective applicants that attend an MBA Admissions event (information session, tour, fair).
When do I need to submit my financial documentation?
Financial documentation is not required to submit at the time of application or for the MBA Admissions Committee to make a decision.
If my transcript is not in English, does it need to be translated?
USC requires both the original transcript and a translated copy.
Do I need to mail official copies of my transcript?
During the application process, you can upload unofficial transcripts. However, positive admissions decisions will not be made until official transcripts and degree certificate have been received and evaluated by the USC Graduate Admissions Office.
Is there a minimum GPA?
There is no minimum GPA. On the application, enter your GPA based on the GPA scale at your university. Graduate Admissions will provide MBA Admissions with an estimate based on a 4.0 scale.
Do I need to complete the IERF process as part of the admissions process?
You do not need to complete this process as part of the admissions process, but it must be completed before you finish your first semester at USC Marshall.
Is the GMAT/GRE required?
No. The GMAT or GRE is optional.
If I have taken both the GMAT and GRE, which should I submit?
Submit both test scores. We’ll accept your highest score of all valid tests.
Is the TOEFL or IELTS required?
International applicants (those who are not U.S. citizens or not U.S. permanent residents) whose native language is not English must submit at least one of these test score reports. Marshall, however, does not require the submission of English Proficiency Exam scores by international applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree completed in its entirety at an officially recognized non-U.S. university in which English is the language of instruction.
What are the institution codes to submit an official GMAT, GRE, TOEFL or IELTS score?
IETLS Choose “University of Southern California, Graduate Programs”
Does Marshall provide an I-20 for international students?
No. Since the EMBA program is not considered a full-time MBA program, an I-20 is not issued to international students.
What are the tuition costs for international students?
Since USC is a private university, the tuition costs are the same for domestic and international students.
Are there any special scholarships for international students?
USC Marshall scholarships are open to both domestic and international students. There is no separate application.
Does Marshall provide loans for international students?
USC does not provide loans to international students. Foreign citizens can apply for a private loan with a creditworthy U.S. or permanent resident co-borrower only. There are some financial institutions which provide loans without a co-signer.