The Graduate Certificate in Marketing provides students with the tools, ideas and frameworks that will aid them in making business decisions in an application-based manner, based on actual case studies and relevant projects, to improve the performance of their organization. Students in the program acquire the marketing principles, techniques and tools necessary to analyze marketing situations and develop effective integrated strategic marketing plans to improve the performance of their organization.
Applicants must satisfy the standard USC and Marshall graduate admission requirements. Two years of fulltime work experience is preferred. GMAT or GRE scores are required. International applicants who did not spend four years completing a bachelor's degree at an American, British, Canadian or Australian college or university must submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores.
Individuals applying for admission to the Master of Science in Marketing should not apply for admission to this program also.
Prospective students who have not previously taken a master's/graduate-level (post-baccalaureate) introductory marketing course must apply to begin the program in the summer term. Prospective applicants who have taken a master's/graduate-level marketing course may apply to begin the program in the fall, spring or summer.
Applications are submitted online through the USC Graduate Admissions Website at http://gradadm.usc.edu/. International applicants are advised to see the instructions for international students at http://gradadm.usc.edu/apply/international-students/.
A complete application includes the online application form, test scores, an essay, an application fee, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts from all institutions attended since the applicant last applied to USC.
- Current USC students and USC alumni are not required to submit an application fee, new test scores (if previously submitted), transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC, or letters of recommendation.
- All other applicants must submit all documentation identified in the online application instructions.