Applying

Follow these six steps to submitting your graduate application on time:

1. Access the online USC Graduate Admission Application  
Review the Application guidelines for your degree program before initiating the online USC Graduate Admission Application. Complete all required fields and upload all required supplemental documents.

2. Double Check Documents 
Read and spell check every document before uploading to your application. 

3. Enter Your Recommenders 
You must enter the name and email address for each recommender on your online USC Graduate Application. Your recommender will receive the necessary instructions to submit a recommendation on your behalf. Paper copies of recommendation letters will not be accepted.

4. Upload Official Transcripts 
Upload copies of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (including USC) to the Academic History section of the online  graduate application. Include the legend for domestic institutions and the grading scale for international institutions.

5. Submit Your Application 
Submit your online USC Graduate Application by the application deadline. You may submit your online application before taking graduate admission tests. Review the graduate application guidelines for more details.

6. Send Your Official Transcripts and Test Scores 
After you submit your online USC Graduate Application, USC Graduate Admission will email you a USC ID number within 72 hours. You will use your USC ID when sending your official transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the USC Office of Graduate Admission using the College/University Transcript Cover Page.

Request to have your admission test results sent to USC using the following codes:

GRE          4852
TOEFL      4852
GMAT       389-QC-87
IELTS       Select University of Southern California Graduate Programs

International Applicants

If you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident, and you will be entering or have already entered the United States with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you must apply as an international student.

Proof of Financial Support 

International applicants (those who are, or will be, in the United States on a non-immigrant visa) must submit documented evidence of financial support. You must upload your statement of financial support and a copy of your passport to the Supporting Information section of the online graduate application. 

English Proficiency Requirements 

International graduate applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting either TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement may only be waived under the following circumstances:

  1. Your entire undergraduate degree was completed in the United States or another Anglophone country.
  2. Your native language is English. This applies to English speakers from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada (except Quebec) where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

TOEFL or IELTS Score Minimums 

The suggested minimum score for TOEFL is 114 and 8.0 for IELTS. However, all completed applications for admission are reviewed by the faculty admission committee even if you score below the minimum.

Important Links for International Students