Graduate Admission

Submit Your Documents

The Online Application:

The following documents must be submitted to the Graduate Admission Office, using our online application system:

  • the USC application for admission;
  • recommendations, as required by your department;
  • your statement of purpose, as required by your department;

For more information, please click here.


Unless you are directed otherwise by your intended graduate department, official academic records from all post-secondary schools you have attended should be sent to:

By regular mail:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

By courier service, such as DHL or FedEx:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
(213) 740-1111

It is recommended that you submit your academic records after you have submitted your online application and have received your USC ID number. Including your USC ID number with your mailed documents will expedite their processing.

USC also now accepts official electronic transcripts, provided they meet the following guidelines:

  • The transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution.
  • The school is located in the United States. We also accept electronic transcripts from India sent via TrueCopy Credentials. We do not accept electronic transcripts from any other overseas institutions or vendors.

IMPORTANT: Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to Do not send any materials or correspondence to this email address yourself. Electronic transcripts e-mailed to any other address will not be downloaded, resulting in a delay of your file review and an extra expense to you because the transcript will need to be re-sent.

Test Scores:

Official test scores should be sent from the testing agency directly to USC.
USC's ETS school code is 4852.

Supplemental Materials:

Supplemental materials required by the professional school, academic department or program to which you are applying (such as a portfolio) must be sent directly to the school, department or program.

Document Shipping Service:

As an added convenience for international students, USC now accepts packages shipped via the Parcelbound package forwarding service. Parcelbound provides a quick, easy-to-use and inexpensive way to ship packages internationally — and may reduce shipping costs by up to 70 percent. Parcelbound partners with several shipping services such as DHL, FedEx, USPS Express and USPS Priority. Sending documents through this service will also allow both you and USC to track the shipment and receive confirmation of delivery. For more information, please visit the Parcelbound website.*

*Please note: Parcelbound is not able to ship to and from all countries. USC cannot be held liable for any damages or issues that may arise as a result of using the Parcelbound service. All customer support questions should be directed to Parcelbound.

USC Non-Discrimination Policy
The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability.