Application Requirements

  • A completed online application
  • Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. Applicants in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree may apply, with acceptance contingent on successful completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • 1-3 years of work experience preferred
  • Official academic transcripts from the Registrar of the institution where courses were taken.*
  • Three-part essay (500 words each, total 1500 words), as outlined in the online application.
  • An optional essay is available to provide additional information to the Admissions Committee.
  • A professional résumé.
  • 2 letters of recommendation 
  • Upload a 60-90 second password protected video on Vimeo or Youtube. The video should describe why you are interested in the MSEI program and how you plan on using the degree to further your professional goals. 
  • International students should include any TOEFL or IELTS scores in order to expedite their application. 
  • Application fee: $155.*

*Current USC students and USC alumni are not required to submit an application fee or transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC.

Application requirements for international students:

Students must provide proof of proficiency in English if they did not spend four years completing a bachelor's degree at a college or university in the United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Applicants must provide scores for the official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; Educational Testing Service's TOEFL school code for USC is 4852), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE).

To avoid delays in application processing, applicants registering for the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exams should specify in advance that scores will be sent to the Marshall School. Applicants may also upload copies of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores with the application, but these unofficial copies are a supplement to, not a substitute for, the official scores provided by the testing services. An official score report must be forwarded to USC by the testing agency. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

For additional information, visit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at TOEFL, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at IELTS and Pearson Test of English (PTE) at PTE.

Test Scores

For International students who did not complete a four-year bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university, proof of proficiency in English is required for admission. We accept the following test scores, as long as they are not more than 2 years old:

  • the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based version, or 100 on the Internet-based examination with no less than 20 on each of the four test components.
  • the PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic) with a minimum score of 70
  • the IELTS with a score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band score.


You may use the forms provided with the online application to request that your undergraduate (bachelor's degree) transcripts be sent directly to the University of Southern California. 

You can send your electronic transcripts to 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 you wish to mail your transcripts via regular mail, please use the following addresses below:

University of Southern California
Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Sreet, 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
Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Sreet, Tyler 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

Phone: (213)740-1111

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.

Students with advanced degrees should have official transcripts of graduate coursework sent to the mailing address above.

International students: Your undergraduate institution must include an explanation of the grading system and information about how the transcript should be assessed. Transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation by a certified third-party translation service.


Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one must be a professional recommendation. Recommendations are used as a gauge of your professional achievements and managerial potential. Letters of recommendation may be provided by a professor, direct supervisor, or equivalent; however, for candidates who finished their undergraduate degree within two years of applying for the MSEI program, at least one letter of recommendation must be from a professor. Letters of recommendation should describe specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills, and personal qualities. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online.


Interviews are conducted by invitation only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Interviews are generally conducted via Zoom. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via e-mail.