|June 1, 2018||June 15, 2018|
Please note: You must take the CSET Spanish Subtest III no later than May 13, 2018 to be eligible for the June 1st deadline.
USC Rossier Application Instructions
ALL application materials must be submitted by the deadline.
1. Complete the online application
You may save your information and continue to complete your application at a later date. If you are applying to multiple programs please indicate this in your application.
- Enter your name as it appears on your government issued ID. Indicate any alternate or previous names in the “other name” field (i.e. maiden name)
- Enter the email address USC Rossier should use to communicate with you throughout the application process.
2. Request official transcripts
College or university-issued transcripts must be received from all postsecondary institutions you attended (regardless of whether credit or a degree was earned).
Transcript submission is a two-step process:
- Request official transcripts (electronic or hard copy) from each college or university you attended and have them sent to you (printouts from portals are not acceptable).
- Scan and upload these official transcripts into the application system online.
- After you submit your application and receive your 10-digit USC ID number, request a second copy of all official transcripts and have them sent directly to USC. You can use one of the following methods to send USC your official transcripts:
Official electronic transcripts are preferred as long as they are from a U.S. institution. Transcripts must be emailed directly from the college or university to the USC Office of Graduate Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard copy transcripts Hard copies of official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended should be sent to the address provided below:
University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
Transcripts must arrive at USC in a sealed envelope from the institution. You may not send transcripts that have been previously opened.
3. Upload a résumé/CV
Your résumé should be detailed enough to help the admissions team understand the various experiences – extracurricular, leadership or volunteer – that have shaped your interest in the program.
- Make sure your résumé clearly outlines your role(s) and responsibilities within each organization and highlight any special achievements or accomplishments.
4. Input contact information for recommenders
Ideally, your recommendations will come from current and former supervisors who can comment on the value you have added to your workplaces, or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses.
- Provide the name and email address for each reference who will electronically submit a letter of recommendation.
- References will receive an email with a link and directions for writing a letter and completing a cover sheet.
- References must complete the cover sheet and write a letter.
- It is your responsibility to ensure all recommendations are submitted by the deadline.
5. Write your statement of purpose and short answer responses
The statement of purpose will be used to evaluate program fit.
- Review the instructions in the application and write an essay describing your objectives in pursuing this program. Response should not exceed three pages.
Essay responses will be used to evaluate your personal, professional and educational experiences, path to a degree in student affairs and ability to effectively communicate ideas and organize written thoughts.
- Answer the required essay and short answer questions in the online application. Remain within assigned character limits for each question.
6. Record a short video response
The short video response will allow the admissions team to get to know you beyond your online application.
- After you submit your online application, you will be sent an email invitation to a short video prompt.The invitation to complete this portion of the application is typically sent 3-5 days after your online application has been successfully submitted. We recommend that you submit your application at least one week before the deadline to ensure that you receive and complete the video interview prior to the application deadline.
- Record your response using an internet-connected computer with a webcam. Please note that you can only record the response once. Practice questions will be provided. For assistance with the video response, email email@example.com.
7. Submit CSET Spanish test results
The CSET Spanish Subtest III will test your proficiency in academic Spanish.
- Achieve a passing score on the CSET Spanish Subtest III.
- Official test scores should be sent from the testing agency directly to USC. To send scores, use USC’s ETS code 4852.
- In addition to official test scores, you may also upload a copy of your test results in your application under “test score report.”
- Due to test score turnaround time, you must take the CSET Spanish Subtest III no later than May 13, 2018 to be eligible for the June 1st deadline.
8. Submit $90 application fee or obtain fee waiver
- Application fees must be paid via credit or debit card
- An application fee waiver is available to applicants who meet certain eligibility criteria. If you choose to apply for a fee waiver you must:
- Start your online application – do not submit until fee waiver is approved.
- Provide supporting documents to demonstrate qualification.
- Have your fee waiver request approved.
- Complete and submit your online application.
- Eligibility criteria and instructions for obtaining a fee waiver can be found at the USC Graduate Admission website.
APPLICANT INFORMATION FOR NON-CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES
USC Rossier welcomes applicants who are not citizens of the United States. If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States, please be aware that you are subject to U.S. government regulations regarding entry into the United States and enrollment in programs. Please follow these additional instructions to complete your application:
Request official copy of TOEFL or IELTS
International students whose native language is not English and who completed their undergraduate work outside of the U.S. are required to submit an official TOEFL IBT or IELTS score as part of their application. You must have taken the test within the past two years. In order to be a competitive applicant, you must receive a score at or above 100 iBT. Official test scores should be sent from the testing agency directly to USC. Only scores received directly from the testing service are considered official. USC does not accept self-reported test scores.
- TOEFL: To send scores, use USC’s ETS code 4852
- IELTS: Select “University of Southern California” at the time of registration. Alternatively, provide this information to your testing center after taking the test. Scores are valid if earned within two years of the intended first term at USC
- No department code is required to send TOEFL and IELTS scores
If you are not a U.S. citizen or resident, you may also be asked to submit a Financial Statement/Verification of Funds document. For more information, visit the international student application page.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
- Once your application is submitted, refer to your USC Rossier personal portal application status tab for updates on your application status (including missing items).
- If your application is complete by the round application deadline, you can expect to receive notification of your admission decision no later than June 15th.