Dec 04, 2022  
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Marketing (MS)

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The Master of Science in Marketing provides students with tools, concepts, frameworks and critical thinking and innovative skills needed for more effective development, enhancement and refinement of marketing techniques critical to the success of local and global businesses. Practical hand-on projects in areas such as technology, biotechnology, healthcare, entertainment, sports entertainment and marketing start-ups provide students with opportunities to apply the classroom experience to the real world.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the standard USC and Marshall graduate admission requirements. At least two years of full-time work experience is preferred. GMAT or GRE scores are required. The GMAT is preferred. 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 Graduate Certificate in Marketing should not apply for admission to this program also.

Application Procedure

Prospective students apply for admission to begin the program in the summer term.

Applications are submitted online through the Marshall School of Business application Website at International applicants are advised to see the instructions for international students published in the USC Graduate Admissions Website.

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 of higher education attended. Current USC students and USC alumni are not required to submit an application fee, new test scores (if previously submitted) or transcripts to verify degrees earned prior to their attendance at USC.

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Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Marketing requires 30 units including 19.5 units of required course work and 10.5 units of electives with a GPA of at least 3.0 for all units applied to the degree. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Students who have taken (at USC or elsewhere) a master’s-level introductory marketing course and/or a master’s-level statistics course prior to application may petition to waive out of the duplicate required courses, reducing the total number of units required to earn the degree to as few as 24. Waivers must be requested in an attachment to the application for admission. If approved, waivers will be documented in the offer of admission.


* Must be taken in the first term/semester or prior to admission.

Electives (10.5 units)

Complete at least 10.5 units of 500-level ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, DSO, FBE, GSBA, MKT or MOR course work to reach the total number of units required to complete the program. (Enrollment in electives is subject to satisfaction of any prerequisite requirements in addition to the units required for the degree.) Students may petition to apply to the program marketing-related courses offered by other USC Schools. For a list of pre-approved courses, visit the program web page at here.

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