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International Students



Graduate admission for international students is a two-step process.



1. The MHR program reviews your application and recommends your application for admission. The Graduate School is then notified of the recommendation.

2. 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 a graduate degree from a US institution, or earned an undergraduate degree at an institution within the US while spending at least 2 years on campus in the US. Exam scores must be no more than two years old.Minimum TOEFL score requirements include an overall score of 105 on the IBT version, including the following minimum scores in EACH section:

If the IELTS is taken in lieu of the TOEFL exam, a minimum score of 7.5 is required on each section of the exam. We also require an interview (in person or via Skype) to ascertain the English-speaking skills of an international student.

Application Deadlines
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.

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 U.S. in combination with a USC MHR 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 U.S. in combination with a USC MHR 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 theTOEFL and IELTS links.

International students should visit the International Students Services Web site for information concerning other funding opportunities.