MS AEE Admissions FAQ

Where can I learn detailed information about the application process?

Visit the USC Office of Graduate Admission website: https://gradadm.usc.edu/. Answers to most, if not all, of your questions can be found there. Here are two useful checklists:

When may I submit an application for submission to the MS AEE program?

The Department starts accepting fall applications on December 1st.

When is the application deadline for the MS AEE program?

The deadline for fall admission is April 1st. All application materials, including test scores and letters of recommendation, must be received by this date. 

Is the MS AEE program available to online or part-time students?

No, the MS AEE program is an on-campus full-time program.

May I apply to the master's program by March 1st but have my test scores and/or letters of recommendation arrive after the deadline?

No. All application materials must be received by the appropriate deadline (March 1st for fall admission). Incomplete and late applications may not be reviewed.

Is the TOEFL or IELTS necessary?

English-language proficiency requirements are stated throughout the USC Office of Graduate Admission website:

If I have a master’s degree from a U.S. school do I need to submit a TOEFL score?

English-language proficiency requirements are not waived based on graduate degrees earned in the U.S. or other qualifying countries. USC's English-language proficiency requirements are stated throughout the Office of Graduate Admission website:

I hold a three-year bachelor’s degree from my country of study (e.g., India or Australia). Am I eligible for graduate admission to USC?

See the Office of Graduate Admission website for important information regarding Academic Requirements and Admissions Policies. USC and the Department of Economics do not recognize three-year bachelor’s degrees from India, Australia, New Zealand, or South America as sufficient for admission to graduate programs. Please visit this country guidelines page to search for academic requirements by individual country.

What are the average scores on the GRE for graduate applicants?

We like to see a score of at least 150 on the verbal section and at least 151 on the quantitative section. However, most applicants have much higher scores than those minimums, and our applicants typically have quantitative scores in the 160-167 range.

Does your program accept the GMAT?

No, we only accept the GRE.

What is your ETS code?

The institution code is 4852. This is the only code that should be used.

Where should I send my application materials?

Please upload all of your materials into the USC online application system. Tests scores must be sent electronically. Only scores received electronically from the testing service are considered official. USC does not accept self-reported test scores nor paper scores sent via postal mail. USC’s ETS school code is 4852. Please see transcript information on the USC Graduate Admission website:


Per USC requirements, upload scanned copies of your official, up-to-date transcripts. The Department's admissions team will review those uploaded transcripts for an admission decision.

Sealed, official transcripts must also be mailed to USC or to the International Education Research Foundation (IERF). Click the hyperlinks listed above to understand the requirements that specifically apply to you. Do not send materials to the Department.

Can I upload my transcripts through the online application system?

Yes. Please upload all of your materials into the USC online application system. See important transcript information on the USC Graduate Admission website:


Per USC requirements, upload scanned copies of your official, up-to-date transcripts. The Department's admissions team will review uploaded transcripts for an admission decision.

The USC Office of Graduate Admission recently informed me that, per university guidelines, I should mail official, sealed transcripts to USC. Do I need to do that right now, or is that only required if I am offered a place in the program?

When applicants are initially applying to the MS AEE, they may submit scanned copies of official transcripts. Should the applicant receive an offer of admission to the MS AEE program, their next immediate step should be to submit official transcripts from all the colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions they have attended, as this is a condition of admission to the program.

Please follow the guidance on the USC Office of Graduate Admissions Transcript Requirements webpage.

When will I be notified of a decision?

Fall applications are reviewed starting February 15th. Applicants will be notified of decisions from March 1st through June 30th.

Is there any departmental aid for master's students?


No, we only offer financial support to PhD students.

How can I apply for an application fee waiver?

Please see USC policies regarding fee waivers:

I have submitted my application but would like to revise my statement of purpose or résumé. How can I submit the revised document?

See the directions listed within this FAQ page – click "Program-Specific Materials: Résumés, Statements of Purpose, Portfolios and Auditions".

I have submitted my application but would like to submit an updated transcript. How can I submit my latest grades?

All documents must be processed through USC’s Office of Graduate Admission. You can email a scanned copy of your official transcript to the Office of Graduate Admission via http://ask.usc.edu/app/ask:

  • Select an Area: Graduate Admission
  • Category: Transcripts

One of my evaluators is experiencing trouble with submitting a letter of recommendation for me. What should I do?

Try to (a) resend the request and/or (b) contact the technical support team. See the directions listed within this FAQ page – click "Letters of Recommendation". All documents must go through USC’s Office of Graduate Admission. If options a and b are not successful, please ask your evaluator to email a copy of your official LoR to the office of Graduate Admission via http://ask.usc.edu/app/ask:

  • Select an Area: Graduate Admission
  • Category: Recommendation Letters

In the Question section, your evaluator will need to briefly explain the situation and ask that, following submission of their LoR, your file be marked as “Complete”.

How should I contact the Department if I have additional questions?

Please email us at econ_gradadm@usc.edu. We will be happy to assist you. 

 

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  • Phone: (213) 740 - 8335