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Fall 2019: Application Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline: April 15, 2019 for Fall 2019 cohort

Classes BeginAugust 2018

To Apply Online:

To save time, we recommend prospective students prequalify their application to determine whether their application is likely to be accepted by our admission committee.

If your application is prequalified, we'll guide you through the official USC Graduate Admission Application.

Admission Criteria:

The principal admission criterion is potential for continued distinguished academic and professional achievement.

In assessing an application, the admission committee evaluates:

  • Past performance as evidenced by work experience, community service, and prior academic accomplishments

  • Commitment to educational and career goals, as demonstrated particularly in the written statement of intent

  • Ability to contribute to a collaborative learning environment.

Specifically, Executive Master of Leadership admission criteria is based on:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with GPA of 3.0 or better over the last 60 units of credit

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with progressively greater levels of responsibility in management or leadership positions

  • Strong recommendation letters from two (2) professional references 

  • Strong personal statement of purpose

IMPORTANT NOTE: This degree program does not require the GRE or GMAT test scores

Interested applicants may be asked to schedule and complete an interview as part of the application process. The interview is particularly helpful to explore the applicant’s professional background and alignment of professional goals with the Executive Master of Leadership program.

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 Application Materials

1. USC Graduate Admission Application

Applicants have the option to submit supplemental materials along with the USC Graduate Admission Application. This includes a résumé, personal statement of intent, and two (2) letters of recommendation. To help you gather all your required application materials, download our Graduate Application Checklist.

For all application materials not submitted online, we request that hard copies be sent directly to the Admissions office to expedite the application process. Official transcripts cannot be submitted online and must be provided sealed and sent directly to the Admissions office.

2. Résumé

Please include professional and educational experience, any outstanding achievements, honors, awards, and pertinent community or professional activities.

3. Personal Statement of Purpose

A brief personal statement of purpose will describe the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the Executive Master of Leadership degree, how the degree will enhance or transition the individual’s career, and what the applicant hopes to contribute to the field.

4. Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $90 for all applicants is payable by credit card through the Graduate Admission Application. Current USC students, alumni, full-time employees, faculty or dependents are exempt from the application fee. Visit the USC Graduate Admission website to apply for an application fee waiver.

5. Official Transcripts 

USC has begun to accept some forms of e-transcripts. Please check with the institution you attended to see if they provide e-transcripts. Please note that we accept only e-transcripts provided that they are submitted via the following methods:
  • eSCRIP SAFE (Grad)
  • eTranscriptCA (CCC)
  • Texas Server (Grad)
  • University to University
If your school does not provide e-transcripts through one of the following methods, you must submit a hard copy of your transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions directly to our office. 
To expedite the process, please print and complete the Transcript Cover Page for each college/university you have attended. Complete the entire form, sign it, and ask the registrar of each institute to attach it to your official transcript.
Requested transcripts from each institution attended should be sent to:

USC Price Recruitment and Admissions
650 Childs Way, RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Tel: (213) 740-0550

IMPORTANT NOTE: Transcripts sent to other USC addresses may cause significant delays in the application review process.

6. Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. The letters should be from professional colleagues who are familiar with your (a) managerial performance and ability, and (b) motivation to conduct graduate work.  We suggest that applicants who anticipate remaining employed during their studies include a letter of support from their employer. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application system. We will not accept letters of recommendation through postal mail.

7. Test Scores

GRE, LSAT, or GMAT tests are not required of qualified Executive Master of Leadership applicants.
International Students must also submit:
  • Financial Support Statement
  • Copy of diploma in original language and official English translation
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores
 IMPORTANT NOTE: Official scores must be received directly from the testing service and date no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start of your intended first term at USC.  Institution code: 4852