Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Science in Marketing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


General Questions

  1. How can I learn more about this program? Are there any information sessions or admission events?
    • Yes, you can attend the information sessions of MS in Marketing program.
  2. Do I have to register to attend the information session?
    • Yes, registration is required to attend the seminar. You can register here.
  3. How can I learn about this program if I am unable to come to the USC campus?
  4. I cannot attend an info session or a webinar due to prior commitments, is there any way I can get more information about this program?
    • We encourage applicants to thoroughly review the detailed program information available online. Contact us at with any questions not answered by our web pages.
  5. Do I have to register to visit the campus?
    • Yes. Please visit the USC website and explore the various options available for campus tours.  
  6. I am a senior student now and will complete my undergraduate degree after May. Can I apply for this program?
    • Not at this time. All applicants must have completed their undergraduate degrees before the start of program orientation in May to be eligible for the program.

Application Process, Admissions and Eligibility

  1. What are the requirements for applying to this program?
    • Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution
    • A completed online application
    • Official academic transcripts. Upload official copies of your academic transcripts with your application in addition to sending official academic transcripts to USC. More information about transcript submission can be found here.
    • Official GMAT or GRE score reports. You must have taken the GMAT or GRE exam by the time you submit an application. The GMAT or GRE requirement will not be waived under any circumstances. We recommend uploading unofficial copies of your GMAT or GRE scores with your application in addition to sending official scores to USC
    • Required essays, as outlined in the online application
    • A professional resume
    • Two letters of recommendation, submitted online
    • Application fee of $155
    • International applicants (if applicable): Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. More information can be found here.
  2. What is the minimum GPA score?
    • The minimum acceptable GPA is 3.0.
  3. Do I have to have a related work experience?
    • We prefer at least 12 months of related work experience, but it is not a requirement.
  4. What are the application deadlines?
    • The application deadlines for the MS in Marketing program can be found here.
  5. After submitting the application, when can I expect to receive an application decision?
    • Notification periods for each deadline can be found here.
  6. I cannot find the Master of Science in Marketing Program in the application program list.
    • This will happen if you mistakenly select the Fall Term. Choose Summer Term and the MS in Marketing Program will appear.
  7. Do I have to submit all the materials (including official transcripts and official test scores) before or on the deadline?
    • You must submit your online application (this includes all application materials: essays, self-reported transcripts, unofficial copies of GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores) and letters of recommendation. Application fees are also due when you submit. We encourage you to contact your recommendation providers at least 15 days prior to the deadline so that we receive your letters on or before the deadline. We will not accept an incomplete application.
    • All other supporting application materials are also expected on or before the deadline.
  8. What if I submit my online application after the deadline?
    • If you fail to submit your application before a round deadline, your application will be shifted to the next round. In the case of the final round, your application will not be considered if it is not submitted prior to the final application deadline.
  9. How can I check the status of my application?
    • You can check the status of your application on the Marshall Admissions Portal using your ID and password. If you encounter any problems, contact us at
  10. Can I reapply in later rounds after getting rejected in the previous rounds?
    • Applicants denied admission in any round of the application process must wait until the following academic year to re-apply. Applicants who are admitted to the program but are unable to attend will need to reapply again during the following admission cycle.
  11. What are the program codes for submitting the test scores?
    • For GMAT and PTE scores, use the code: 389-9C-23.
    • For GRE and TOEFL scores, use 4852.
  12. Can I request an interview?
    • After reviewing your application, the admission committee may invite you for an interview. Interviews are by invitation only.
  13. If I receive an interview invitation, does this mean that I will be offered admission?
    • No. Interviews are conducted to assess your fit for the program. Interviews should be considered the next phase of the application process and not the final decision. After your interview with the admissions committee, you may or may not be offered admission.
  14. What address should my university use to send official transcripts?
    • If emailing your official transcripts from your undergraduate institution, use

    • If sending your transcripts via regular mail, please use the following address:
      University of Southern California
      USC Office of Graduate Admission
      3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
      Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

      If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:
      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

  15. Who can provide me a letter of recommendation?
    • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted online. These are used as a gauge of your professional achievements and managerial and leadership potential. We prefer that one of your letters of recommendation be provided by a direct supervisor who can provide specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities. Another can be a professor who can provide evidence of your academic and marketing skills.
  16. I have a bachelor's degree from a 3-year program. Am I eligible to apply to this program?
    • Only applicants who have completed 16 years of education (12 years of school and 4 years of undergraduate study) are eligible for admission to the Master of Science in Marketing Program. Degree evaluation is completed by the USC Office of Graduate Admission; we encourage you to visit their web page for country specific requirements at:
  17. Can I simultaneously apply for multiple programs in Marshall, such as the MS in Marketing and MS in Business Analytics? Does that affect my application results?
    • USC allows individuals to apply to up to three different programs each semester. It should not affect your application results because each application is submitted separately and reviewers do not have access to applications submitted to other programs.
  18. Can I apply to both the Marketing Analytics and Consumer Behavior specialization?
  • We strongly suggest that you choose one, as admission decisions are based on only one. Applying for both does not increase your chances of being accepted.  
  1. Do I need a business and/or marketing background to apply to this program
  • No, but it is important to have some knowledge or experience in marketing.

Curriculum and Number of Credits

  1. Where can I see a curriculum overview?
  2. How many credits does the program require?
    • We require 30 credits to earn the MS in Marketing degree.
  3. What courses do I have to take to fulfill core curriculum requirements?
    • The MS in Marketing program curriculum includes 6.5 or 7 required courses: GSBA 542 – Communication for Management, GSBA 528 – Marketing Management, DSO 510 – Business Analytics, MKT 512 – Customer Insights and Analysis or MKT 525 – Consumer Behavior, MKT 556 – Digital Marketing, MKT 566 – Marketing Analytics and MKT 560 – Marketing Strategy (Capstone course).
  4. What are the elective options to choose from?
    • We offer many elective courses and you can choose electives according to your career goals and preferences. You can find more information here.

Test Requirements

  1. Do you accept GRE scores for this program? Do you prefer the GMAT over the GRE?
    • We accept both the GRE and GMAT exams. There is no preference for either exam.
  2. Do I have to take TOEFL/IELTS? I am an international student and all my education was done in English, do I still have to take TOEFL/IELTS?
    • International students must provide proof of English language proficiency even if all of their education was conducted in English UNLESS the individual completed all four years of his/her bachelor's degree at an officially recognized university in an Anglophone country where English is both the language of instruction and the only officially recognized language of the country. Those countries include the USA, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec). For more information, visit:
  3. I am an international student in the 2+2/3+1 undergraduate program, can I get a TOFEL/IELTS waiver?
    • No. The TOFEL/IELTS waiver is granted only if the candidate completed four full years as an undergraduate studying in the United States or one of the other Anglophile countries.
  4. Do you prefer TOEFL over IELTS?
    • We accept both the TOEFL and IELTS exams. There is no preference for either exam.
  5. What score will you consider if I have taken GMAT/GRE more than once?
    • We will consider the highest score.
  6. I have a master's degree. Do I still have to submit GMAT/GRE scores?
    • Yes. These exams are required of all applicants.

Financial Aid, On-Campus Jobs and Program Costs

  1. What are the tuition and overall costs of attendance?
    • MS in Marketing students are required to complete 30 credits to graduate. You can calculate the approximate program fees based on the fees per unit listed here:
  2. Do you offer scholarships?
    • Scholarships are considered when complete applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. For additional information on financial assistance please visit the USC Financial Aid Office online at or call (213) 740-4444.
  3. Are there any opportunities to work on campus to help cover living expenses?
    • Yes. Some students consider applying for on-campus jobs, including teaching and research assistantships.
  4. Are there any teaching/research assistantships available for students of this program?
    • Yes, many professors offer teaching and research assistantship positions. Students are welcome to search for positions and apply if they are interested.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the structure of the MS in Marketing program? How long does it take to complete the program?
    • The program can be completed in 12 months with full-time coursework.
    • Domestic students only: It typically takes 21 months to complete the course work part-time (two courses per semester).
  2. I am an international student. Can I choose to be enrolled as a part-time student?
    • No. International student visa holders are required to complete the program in 12 months. No exceptions.
  3. Can I apply for admission and begin in fall?
    • No. The MS in Marketing Program offers admission beginning in the Summer term. You also cannot defer your admission to Fall. The Summer term includes core courses for the Master of Science in Marketing program and these courses must be completed at that time.
  4. Can I study online? Can I take courses on USC's Orange County branch?
    • Classes for this program are located at the University Park Campus only. 
  5. Do you offer classes in the evening for part-time students?
    • Yes. Courses are often offered in the evenings between 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. (exact times and schedules vary within that window).
  6. Is the MS in Marketing program a STEM program?
    • Yes. The Analytics track of the MS in Marketing program is STEM certified. The Consumer Behavior track is not STEM certified.
  7. Does the MS Marketing program offer a progressive degree option?
    • Yes. We offer a progressive degree option for outstanding USC undergraduate studentsMore information can be found here.  Just scroll to the bottom of the page.

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