Application Process

Master of Business for Veterans (MBV)

"The friendships that I developed in the cohort have proven to be priceless. They have provided me with a much-needed support structure of savvy and highly motivated men and women who continue to inspire me to do better and be better. All of this is wrapped in a well-paced accelerated format, at a reasonable cost, from a top-tier institution. And the network can't be matched."

Antonio Randolph

Antonio Randolph, MBV 4
Senior Operations Manager, General Electric (GE)

Online Application Process

Fee Waiver for Veterans:

1) Determine the appropriate option from the fee waiver categories listed below and make sure that you have the documentation you will be required to provide for approval.

2) Make the appropriate selection here by choosing Graduate Admission and the USC school you are applying to under “Select an Area”, then choose Application Fees Waivers  under “Category.” Please attach the appropriate documentation (DD214 or Military Order copy) for the type of fee waiver you are requesting. You must make sure to use the same email address as your application and must also include the name of the program to which you are applying. Failure to do so could delay processing your request considerably.

3) You will receive an email notification if and when your fee waiver is approved. You must wait to receive this confirmation in order to skip the payment page when you submit your application. No refunds will be issued post-submission.

4) We recommend that you review our video tutorial titled, “The USC Graduate Application: Fee Waivers” for more details.

Please note, fee waiver approval can take approximately 3 to 4 business days, so if you have an application deadline you must make sure to plan accordingly. Applicants should create an MBV application and login credentials.

Steps to Apply for MBV:
All applications must be submitted online via the link below. USC Marshall does not accept mailed-in or hard copy applications.

Step 1: Create an account for your online application.

Step 2: Click on "Add Program"
Option 1: Scroll down the list of available programs to apply for or search for "Business for Veterans" on the search box.
Option 2: Click on the word "here" on top of the page. You will be prompted to select a school of choice. Click on "Marshall School of Business." Locate the MBV program - 1455 Business for Veterans. Then, click on the arrow to the right of the MBV application link.

Step 3: Work on your application
You will be prompted to your designated "My Application" page. In this page, you can upload all the required documents for admission for MBV - Essay, recent active duty orders or DD214, resume, official transcripts. An applicant is required to provide contact information for TWO recommenders. The recommender will receive an email and password from the online application system so that they can enter and upload their letter.

Step 4: Submit your application
Once you have completed all the required uploads, you will be prompted to submit your application. Note: If you received a fee waiver for the application fee, you will NOT be prompted to provide a payment information. Fee waivers are only valid for 24 hours. If you encounter issues, please email Jamie Saure at

Here are more details about each category on the application:


The essay provides the Admissions Committee a deeper understanding of an applicant's past experiences and goals for the future.

  • Required – Describe your professional leadership or managerial experience. Explain the reasons for pursuing the Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) degree and why you have selected this degree over others. Address your short-term and long-term goals and how the program will help you achieve those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your academic and professional background. (Suggested length: two to three pages, double-spaced, Arial, 10 font)
  • Optional - If you choose, include any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider when evaluating your application. (Suggested length: no more than two pages, double-spaced, Arial, 10 font)

    Two letters of recommendation are required to be submitted online. Letters of recommendation allow the Admissions Committee to gauge your professional achievements and managerial potential. Your recommenders should provide specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills, and general likeability. We prefer at least one recommendation from a direct supervisor. Your second recommendation should be from someone who can comment on your leadership experience and abilities, professional expertise, and the value you have added to your organizations, or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in master’s-level courses. Start early to allow ample time for your recommender to complete this important piece of your application.

    You will need to submit one official copy of each transcript from all prior universities attended. Transcripts must be received in their original "sealed" envelope and mailed to the below address. Please have your institution include instructions on how to interpret the transcript and an explanation of its grading system. If the transcript is not in English, you will need to include an English translation. If the name on your transcripts is different than the name on your application, please explain. You may use the forms provided with the online application to request that your transcripts be sent to the mailing address below.


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

    If you use a courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, use the following address:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admissions
    3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911

    An applicant has the option to submit an electronic transcript to

    Please note: We encourage applicants to upload unofficial transcripts to the online 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 by Graduate Admissions

    Military Experience
    Candidates applying to the MBV program must have served a minimum of three years of honorable active or reserve service and have served in leadership roles in one of the military branches. Former and inactive military and should upload a DD-214.

    Test Scores
    GMAT/GRE: The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam or Graduate Record Exam for USC Marshall Master of Business for Veterans is an optional component of the application. The GMAT or GRE exam is highly recommended for those applicants who are unable to demonstrate, either through past academic performance or work experience, sufficient strength in the areas of quantitative and analytical reasoning. After an initial review, the Admissions Committee may request candidates to submit a GMAT or GRE score in order to supplement their application materials.

    You may take the GMAT or GRE more than once and the Admissions Committee will consider only your highest score. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years. The GMAT school code for the USC Marshall EMBA Program is 389-9C-48. For more information about the GMAT visit: The GRE code for USC is 4852. For more information about the GRE visit

    If you need to send materials by postal mail after submitting your online application, use the following address:

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

    If you use a courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, use the following address:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admissions
    3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911