Apply Early and Online!
Because of the high volume of documents received by the university, you are strongly encouraged to apply well before the published deadline. To ensure that your application will be processed as quickly as possible, apply online.
- Please read carefully the instructions that accompany the application, and double-check your answers.
- You may submit the application only once. After the application has been submitted, you may not revise any information on it.
- When you are ready to submit the online application, you must pay the application fee online, using a credit card.
- Dual degree applicants must complete and submit a separate application to each program.
- You will receive an email containing your USC ID number 24-72 hours after you submit your application.
- Confidentiality Notice: The information on your submitted application will be made available only to the Graduate Admission Office and the admission committee of your academic department or professional school.
Send Your Transcripts
- You must submit transcripts from all colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions you have attended.
- Prior to enrollment in graduate studies, you must have earned a U.S. bachelor's degree equivalent from an accredited college or university.
- Fill out and sign the College/University Transcript Cover Page (Form 3), and send it to the registrar's office at each institution you have attended.
- Official transcripts are required to finalize admission to USC.
- Students who are currently enrolled in a baccalaureate program must show at least six semesters of completed work.
- If you are a USC alumnus/alumna, you do not need to submit official USC transcripts to the Office of Graduate and International Admission.
Please send materials by postal mail after submitting your online application to the following address:
University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
Please be sure to include your USC ID on any documents that you send.
Send Your Test Scores
- Most graduate programs require the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Test scores that are more than five years old at the time of application may not be accepted; for guidance, contact the department or professional school to which you are applying.
- USC's ETS school code is 4852. Applicants taking the GRE should use this code to ensure official submission of test scores.
- Some programs require specialized admissions tests instead of, or in addition to, the GRE. Contact your department or school for more information.
Special Application Forms Required for Certain Programs
Each of the following programs requires a special application form. Click on the program to which you are applying for e-mail and phone contacts, and application information.