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USC Marshall, one of the nation’s premier business schools, offers an online MBA specifically designed for working-professionals who desire a flexible, rigorous and uncompromising program. In accordance with the program’s high standards, admissions requirements are equally stringent for Marshall’s online and residential programs. 

 

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Online MBA Admissions Requirements

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

  • Earned a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution

  • Completed a minimum of 2 years of professional work experience

  • Submit a standardized test score from the GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (if eligible) exams or receive approval for a standardized test waiver

The curriculum of USC Marshall’s Online MBA program emphasizes the use of quantitative skills to analyze and solve business issues faced by organization leaders. Standardized test scores have proven to be helpful in assessing whether students are prepared for the rigorous study of an MBA, particularly the quantitative and analytic components of the program. 

Learn more about our Standardized Test Waiver Policy and Process

The USC Marshall Online MBA program allows for the submission of a request for a standardized test waiver. Only applicants who have applied to the program may request a waiver. In order to make the request, please use the Test Waiver Request Essay of the application to describe your rationale and make a compelling case for the request.  Upon submission of your application, please email onlinemba@marshall.usc.edu to alert us of your request.*  The subject line on the email should read: “Request for Test Waiver – Application Submitted.”  We will review your case and respond by email to your request for the waiver within 10 business days.  Finally, you should review and consider carefully the following guidelines before making the request: 

  • Applications – with or without test scores – will be reviewed holistically
  • The decision to grant or decline a waiver request should not be viewed as a signal of the ultimate admissions decision
  • Waivers will not be considered if an applicant has not submitted a complete application including uploaded copies of a résumé and all official academic transcripts
  • Test waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis
  • Decisions on waiver requests are final, and Marshall will not respond to requests for re-consideration
  • Test scores serve as one consideration in merit-based scholarship decisions
  • Some employers may consider test scores in their evaluation of job applicants

Determination of Test Waivers

Standardized test scores provide the Admissions Committee with some evidence of a candidate’s ability (quantitative, verbal, and analytical) to perform academically in an MBA curriculum. Test scores also serve to provide an indication of English language capability. Therefore, the basis for your waiver request – and your response to the Test Waiver Request Essay – should be grounded in a record of exceptional academic achievement that includes demonstrated mathematical preparedness. The Admissions Committee will consider several elements, including: 1) overall academic achievement; 2) performance in quantitative coursework, 3) years of relevant work experience, and 4) other advanced degrees including doctoral degrees.

* Please include your First Name, Last Name, and USC CAS ID# (located in the top right corner of your online application) in the email, so that we can easily locate your file.

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Steps to Apply

1. Complete and submit your Graduate Admission Application.

If you are starting your application for the first time, begin by creating an account through USC’s application portal. Return to your application at any time by signing in through the same application portal.

The OMBA admissions team communicates important application updates and admissions decisions primarily via email. Applicants are highly encouraged to use their personal email addresses, rather than university or temporary accounts that may become inaccessible over time. 

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2. Submit your supplemental application items.

In addition to submitting your application, you will be required to submit the following supplemental items through the application portal: 

  • Two required essays as outlined in the online application 

  • An up-to-date professional résumé 

  • Three letters of recommendation (at minimum, one letter must be written by a professional contact) 

Letters of recommendation are used to gauge the applicant’s professional achievements and managerial potential. Each letter should provide specific observations and examples of the student’s leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities.

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3. Submit an unofficial and official transcript.

Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process: 

  1. Scanned copies of your official transcripts (Registrar-issued and printed on university letterhead) are required to be submitted with your online application. While these uploaded copies are technically unofficial, they will allow the Admissions Committee to render a preliminary admissions decision on your application. Printouts from online student portals are not acceptable. 

  1. After your application has been processed and you have received your 10 digit USC ID number, submit official copies of transcripts from all colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions you have previously attended.  

It is recommended that all official transcripts are sent electronically. Official transcripts will only be considered valid if they are received from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.  Instruct the vendor and/or institution to email your transcript to etrans@usc.edu. Do not send any other materials or correspondence to this email address. Electronic transcripts emailed to any other address will not be downloaded, resulting in a delay of your file review and an extra expense to you as the transcript will need to be re-sent. If your institution does not provide an official e-transcript, they must mail your transcript to the university via regular mail or courier services (such as DHL or FedEx) at the following address: 

Sending via regular mail: 

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

Sending via courier services: 

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

USC alumni or current students: While USC degree holders must upload a copy of their official transcript into the online application, they do not need to submit official USC transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admission.  Please be sure to note your USC enrollment in the “Academic Background” section of your application so that we may match your application to the academic records on file. 
International students: 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. 
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4. Submit your Standardized Test Score
Use the following codes during test registration to send your scores directly to USC: 
  • GMAT or EA: 389-9C-23 

  • GRE: 4852 

Scores are valid for five years. Students must take an exam prior to submitting their application. 

Uploading unofficial copies of your test scores with your application in addition to sending official scores to USC is highly recommended.

Applicants with 10 or more years of professional work experience may take GMAC’s Executive Assessment (EA)* instead of the GMAT or GRE.  The test registration code for USC Marshall’s Online MBA program is 389-9C-23.

For more information and to register for these exams, please visit these websites:
GMAT:  www.mba.com/exams/gmat
GRE:  www.ets.org/gre
EA:  www.gmac.com/ea

For information about standardized test score waivers, please see “Learn more about our Standardized Test Waiver Policy and Process” above.

*What is the Executive Assessment (EA)?
The Executive Assessment (EA) is designed to evaluate business school readiness and focuses on skills that are critical both at work and school: higher-order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving.  Because it was designed specifically for experienced professionals, it requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT exam.

International applicants only: If applicable, official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required. Review the USC’s Graduate English Proficiency Policy to determine if this requirement applies to you. 
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5. Submit the $155 application fee.

Submit the application fee through your account on the online application portal.

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6. Attend your admissions interview.

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

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Admissions Deadlines

Students have two opportunities to start Marshall’s Online MBA program — fall and spring. Our fall cohort begins in August and our Spring cohort begins in December. 

Fall 2022 

Review Round

Submission Deadline

Notified By                                              

Application Review Round 1  February 25  April 8
Application Review Round 2, Scholarship Deadline  April 15  June 3
Application Review Round 3 May 25 July 13
Application Review Round 4

If space permits, we will accept applications on first come first served basis after our round 3 deadline

 
Classes Start  August 8

 

Currently unable to accept applications from Puerto Rico

 

 

Connect With USC Marshall School of Business:

Email: onlinemba@marshall.usc.edu
Phone:(213) 821-6800

Recognized and Acclaimed

The Online MBA holds a top-5 ranking from U.S. News & World Report, earned a Top-3 ranking from Poets & Quants for best online MBA program and reached top-5 in both the World University Rankings of global online MBA programs from QS and the list of Top Online MBA programs from The Princeton Review. The program's curriculum designers have been honored by the Online Learning Consortium and its video content has earned two Telly Awards. USC Marshall is accredited by AACSB, a longstanding quality benchmark for business schools.