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Thank you for your interest in a Specialized Masters Program at the USC Marshall School of Business. This application is for Progressive Degree Program (PDP) applicants and for Pre-Masters applicants. If you are a Pre-Masters applicant, please click “Next Page” to move on to the next page of the application. If you are a PDP applicant, please review the following information very carefully before clicking "Next Page."

Detailed information about Marshall’s Progressive Degree Programs can be found here.

Complete this application to apply for one of the following Marshall Progressive Degree Programs for the term listed: 
M.S. in Business Analytics – Fall 2024 (application closed)
M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Fall 2024 (application closed)

M.S. in Finance – Fall 2024 (application closed)
M.S. in Global Supply Chain Management – Fall 2024

M.S. in Marketing – Summer 2024 (application closed)
M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship – Summer 2024 (application closed)

Pay close attention to each Program’s PDP application dates and deadlines as listed on the Program’s admissions website. PDP applications submitted before the application launch date or after the final application deadline will not be reviewed. If you have questions about a Program’s PDP application dates and deadlines, contact pdp@marshall.usc.edu.

Before you apply, please refer to the Undergraduate Education Progressive Degree Program website to confirm that you meet USC’s PDP eligibility requirements.

Be prepared to upload the following documents as part of your application:

2. STARS report
3. Professional Resume
4. Most recent course plan from your undergraduate advisor

You may also be asked to submit letter(s) of recommendation. If required, letters of recommendation must be sent by your recommender directly to the Program’s email address. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted from students directly. Specific instructions for letters of recommendation will appear later in the application (if required).

Please note: This application will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete. It is recommended that you complete the application on your computer, in one sitting. Once you submit the application, you cannot edit it. If you have any questions about this application, please email: pdp@marshall.usc.edu.

Click "Next Page" to start the application.







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Note that this question is optional. It is used for statistical purposes only and in no way affects your application or financial aid eligibility. The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability. For more information, view the University’s full non-discrimination policy: https://policy.usc.edu/.

Note that this question is optional. It is used for statistical purposes only and in no way affects your application or financial aid eligibility. The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability. For more information, view the University’s full non-discrimination policy: https://policy.usc.edu/.





Note: If you are a current USC undergraduate student, choose “Progressive Degree Program.” If you are an International Academy Pre-Master’s student, choose “Pre-Masters Program.”




(Applicants may apply for a PDP only once they have completed at least 64 total units of undergraduate course work, excluding AP, IB, or transfer units earned prior to graduation from high school.)

(without the Master’s program) Example: Spring 2024

(If admitted) Example: Fall 2024

(please write only the name of the major(s) that will appear on your degree. Examples include "Engineering" or "Finance and Art History." Do not write "Bachelor of" and do not include minors.)

(If applicable)



Choose all that apply

(If you are recommended by the admissions committee to move forward with more than one PDP program, you can only submit the official course plan for one.)

(If you are currently enrolled in a PDP program, you cannot pursue another one.)

(If you are not enrolled in a Marshall program, put "0".)






Pre-Masters GSCM Program-Specific Questions


(Our committee will review your employment history even if the answer to this question is 0).

This data is required for program reporting purposes, and does not factor into admissions decisions.)

(250 words maximum)
Choose ONE of the below big questions and briefly share your thoughts in approximately 500 words. We don’t expect you to have all the answers in this short response, but we want to get a better idea of your starting point in the field.


(500 words maximum)

(Optional, 250 words maximum)
 The below question is not required to receive a decision on your application, and will not factor into the admissions decision. Responses in this section will only be used to make decisions regarding scholarships. To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit your response at the time of application.


(250 words maximum)

Please paste your video link here. (For your application to be reviewed, this must be submitted at the time of your application. We will not accept submissions via email.) (300 characters maximum)

(16 characters max)

Pre-Masters MSSE Program-Specific Questions


(250 words maximum)

(Optional, 250 words maximum)

MSBA Program-Specific Questions


(Put N/A if you don't have any.)

(50 words maximum)

(250 words maximum)

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(Optional, 250 words maximum)

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(If you have questions about whether you meet this requirement, please review the Application Process page on our website: https://www.marshall.usc.edu/programs/graduate-programs/specialized-masters/ms-business-analytics/admissions).


(Please list the class and grade. Example: DSO 123, B+; BUAD 311, B+. If you have not taken any, please put "N/A")?

Video Link: Please paste your video link here. (For your application to be reviewed, this must be submitted at the time of your application. We will not accept submissions via email.) (300 characters maximum)

(16 characters max)

(To merge files, you are welcome to use a free online PDF merger like: https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf)

MSEI Program-Specific Questions


(500 words maximum)

(500 words maximum)

(500 words maximum)

(Optional, 250 words maximum)

Video Link: Please paste your video link here. (For your application to be reviewed, this must be submitted at the time of your application. We will not accept submissions via email.) (300 characters maximum)

(16 characters max)

(Example: BAEP 450, B+.) If you have not taken any, please put "N/A"
Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters must be sent by USC faculty directly to the MSEI program via email at ms.ei@marshall.usc.edu. Please have them reference your full name and USC ID in the subject line. We do not accept letters of recommendation from students directly.

(To merge files, you are welcome to use a free online PDF merger like: https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf)

MSF Program-Specific Questions


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One letter of recommendation is required, two are preferred. Letter(s) must be sent by USC faculty directly to the MSF program via email at ms.fin@marshall.usc.edu. Please have them reference your full name and USC ID in the subject line. We do not accept letters of recommendation from students directly.

(To merge files, you are welcome to use a free online PDF merger like: https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf)

GSCM Program-Specific Questions


(250 words maximum)

(500 words maximum)

(Optional, 250 words maximum)

(Optional, 250 words maximum)
Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters must be sent by USC faculty directly to the MS GSCM program via email at ms.gscm@marshall.usc.edu. Please have them reference your full name and USC ID in the subject line. We do not accept letters of recommendation from students directly.

(To merge files, you are welcome to use a free online PDF merger like: https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf)

MKT Program-Specific Questions



(500 words maximum)

(700 words maximum)

(Optional, 250 words maximum)




Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters must be sent by USC faculty directly to the MS MKT program via email at ms.marketing@marshall.usc.edu. Please have them reference your full name and USC ID in the subject line. We do not accept letters of recommendation from students directly.

(To merge files, you are welcome to use a free online PDF merger like: https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf)

MSSE Program-Specific Questions


(250 words maximum)

(Optional, 250 words maximum)
One letter of recommendation is required. Letter must be sent by USC faculty directly to the MSSE program via email at socialentrepreneur@marshall.usc.edu. Please have them reference your full name and USC ID in the subject line. We do not accept letters of recommendation from students directly.

(To merge files, you are welcome to use a free online PDF merger like: https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf)