Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply to the program?
You should apply to the program if you are looking to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to become experts in the area of supply chain management and thus advance your career. Our online program is designed for working professionals who typically have 5-10 years of work experience. Our on-campus program is designed for recent graduates or people with a few years of work experience.
How often do you admit to the program?
We offer admission for the fall semester only.
I have less than the recommended work experience, can I still apply?
Yes, you may still apply for the program. We may recommend that you apply for the on-campus program, but if you are interested in the online program we will review your application as requested.
Can the application fee be waived?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide any waivers for the application fee.
*USC alumni and USC employees are eligible for an application fee waiver. If you are eligible for a fee waiver, you will be able to request the waiver when you submit the application. Unfortunately, we cannot waive the application fee due to financial hardship. Learn more here
What are the minimum test scores for admissions?
We do NOT require GMAT or GRE scores. There are no minimum GRE or GMAT scores. There is no need to send GMAT/GRE scores.
International applicants must submit TOEFL (100+ with all bands 20+) or IELTS (7+ with all bands 6+). Learn more here
How should I send my GRE/GMAT scores?
We do NOT require GMAT or GRE scores. There is no need to send GMAT/GRE scores as they will not lead to preferential admission or scholarship review.
Though we do not require scores, some applicants still ask about submitting them. Please see the information provided below:
- Submission of GMAT or GRE scores is not required nor preferred for admissions or scholarship allocation purposes.
- GMAT scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the USC Marshall School of Business. Please use the MBA code: 389-9C-23.
- GRE scores must be sent by the Educational Testing Service directly to USC school code 4852.
How should I send my TOFEL/IELTS scores?
English proficiency exam scores are only considered valid if earned within two years of your intended first term at USC. (For example, no earlier than August 1, 2020 if applying for Fall 2022 admissions). Please see the information provided below:
- TOEFL: USC must receive scores electronically from the testing service for them to be considered official. Photocopies or paper copies of scores are not acceptable. USC’s institution code is 4852. (No department code is required.)
IELTS: USC must receive scores electronically from the testing service for them to be considered official. Photocopies or paper copies of scores from the testing service are not acceptable. Select “University of Southern California” from the list of available institutions when you register to take the IELTS test. Alternatively, provide this information to your testing center after you have taken the test. Contact information for the USC department to which you are applying is not required.
Learn more about English Proficiency exams here
Can I take courses at my own pace?
No, this is a lock step-program with students taking courses in the cohort model.
How can I pay for this program?
Many employers participate in tuition assistance programs -- please check with your employer about this option. Also, there are a number of loan options available. For more information on funding your application please visit the USC Financial Aid Website. Several merit/need-based scholarships are available for partial funding of the program. The Admissions Committee bases scholarship award decisions on a range of criteria, including scholastic merit, financial need, leadership, work experience and other characteristics that add value to the academic and social atmosphere of USC's Marshall School of Business.
Can coursework from another school be transferred in?
Coursework used toward a degree completed elsewhere may not be applied toward a master's degree at USC and may not be repeated at USC. If courses were not used toward a completed degree, four program-related units may be applied, subject to approval by the program director.
Up to 4 units of program-related graduate-level coursework applied to a master's degree previously completed at USC may be applied to the MS GSCM, subject to approval by the program director. USC coursework taken prior to matriculation to a current USC degree program must have been completed within seven years of admission.
For the online program are there required meetings?
Your class will have a set time when you are expected to join the class live. You will also have assignments, group projects, midterms and final examinations that you must complete.
Does the online program require any on-campus sessions?
Yes, the GSCM Program orientation that typically takes place during the first week of August and the two Experiential Learning Trips are mandatory for both the online and on-campus cohort.