Priority Application Deadline: April 15, 2018 for Fall 2018 cohort
Rolling Admissions: Until July 1, 2018 as space is available
Classes Begin: August 2018
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.
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.
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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Applicants have the option to submit supplemental materials along with the online Graduate Admission Application. This includes a résumé, personal statement of intent, and two (2) letters of recommendation. To ensure you gather all required application materials, download our Executive Master of Leadership 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.
Please include professional and educational experience, any outstanding achievements, honors, awards, and pertinent community or professional activities.
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.
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.
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Tel: (213) 740-0550
IMPORTANT NOTE: Transcripts sent to other USC addresses may cause significant delays in the application review process.
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.
For the 2017-18 academic year, each unit at USC costs $1,800 or $7,200 for a four-unit class. For each of the four core Executive Master of Leadership classes, a lab fee of $850.00 is applied that covers all book and learning materials and most meals during our on-campus sessions. The total for the entire program is approximately $56,000. This does not include other USC mandatory fees that may be imposed based on the specific class or academic year.
The USC Financial Aid Office provides financial aid packages to U.S. citizens and eligible non-U.S. citizens, mainly in the form of graduate school loans. Information is available to prospective applicants by contacting the USC Financial Aid Office.
Tuition assistance may apply for USC faculty and staff. Please check with the USC Benefits Office.
The Office of Student Financial Services at USC provides students with information regarding student accounts, tuition payment plans, and payment options. The Student Financial Services Office may be reached at: (213) 740-7471 or by visiting their website.
USC offers a payment plan option. Students can enroll in an interest-free USC Payment Plan to pay for tuition, fees, and other miscellaneous university charges in monthly installments. Detailed information about the plan can be found online at the USC Student Financial Services website.
For more information, contact the Executive Master of Leadership Office.