Graduate admission for international students is a two-step process.
- The MACC program reviews your application and recommends your application for admission. The graduate school is then notified of the recommendation.
- The graduate school will then formally admit you after reviewing your application and supporting documents. International Student Services is notified and will contact you for any missing forms which are required for your immigration document. You may submit the forms at any time during the application process.
TOEFL/IELTS Exam Scores
International students must submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS exam score as part of their application unless they have earned an undergraduate degree at an institution within the United States while spending at least three years on campus in the United States. Exam scores must be no more than two years old.
Minimum TOEFL score requirements include an overall score of 100 on the IBT version, including the following minimum scores in EACH section:
- Reading — 22
- Listening — 22
- Speaking — 26
- Writing — 24
If the IELTS is taken in lieu of the TOEFL exam, a minimum score of 7.0 is required on each section of the exam.
At our discretion, we might require an interview (in person or via Skype) to ascertain the English-speaking skills of an international student.
International students should allow adequate time for the processing of immigration and visa documents prior to the beginning of orientation. We recommend applying about 30-45 days prior to the suggested deadlines shown on our Admissions Process page.
International students are considered for merit-based financial aid and graduate assistantship/work
grant awards. See the Financing Your MACC section for more information.
Job Placement for International Students
Job placement rates for international students vary based on the student’s background and academic profile. International students who have attended and graduated from a four-year institution in the United States in combination with a MACC degree historically have a better chance for domestic job placement. Due to immigration laws and market conditions, those students who have completed an undergraduate degree outside of the United States in combination with a MACC degree have encountered greater challenges with domestic hiring.
Resources Available for International Students
USC's Office of International Student Services offers support and services for internationals, including frequently asked questions, required forms and the visa process.
USC's Office of English Programs for Internationals is also available for students who desire ESL instruction. Information concerning English proficiency exams can be viewed by clicking on the TOEFL and IELTS links.
International students should visit the International Students Services website for information concerning other funding opportunities.