USC Price School of Public Policy


Application Materials

The following items are required in order to complete the applications process:
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  • a USC Graduate ApplicationFor step-by-step admission guidelines, visit:
  • Application fee of $85
  • An official transcript from all colleges and universities attended, including graduate work (To expedite the processing of your application, please send all transcripts directly to our office. 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 institution to attach it to your official transcript.)**

    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:

    1. eSCRIP SAFE (Grad)
    2. eTranscriptCA (CCC)
    3. Texas Server (Grad)
    4. University to University

    If your school does not provide e-transcripts through one of these methods, you must submit a hard copy of your transcripts. **

  • An official copy of scores from a nationally-administered standardized graduate entry exam. There is no preference among either exam listed below. Scores must be no older than five years.
  • A current resume (submitted via online application Supporting Documents upload)
    •  MRED applicants are required to have a minimum of two years full-time work experience following completion of the bachelors degree. Experience must be in real estate or a closely related field. Students who have worked directly with real estate assets – such as development, construction, architecture, city planning, commercial real estate finance, commercial real estate brokerage, or real estate law – are best prepared for the  MRED program.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference. If an academic referral is not available, a third professional reference is acceptable. Please note: Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application system. We will not accept letters of recommendation through postal mail.
  • A statement of purpose (submitted via online application Supporting Documents upload). Statements should be approximately 1,000 words and double-spaced with at least a 10-point font. It is expected that applicants author their own personal statements. Address the following questions:
    • Your interest in the real estate profession and the USC Dollinger MRED program
    • Your academic and professional preparation
    • Any entrepreneurial endeavors you have undertaken
    • Your career goals
    • The training and experience you have received to satisfy the  MRED prerequisite requirements.

International students must also submit the following documents:

  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (official scores must be received directly from the testing service and date no earlier than 24 months prior to the start of your intended first term at USC)
    • USC institution code: 4852
  • Official transcripts indicating the award of all degrees with the title and date conferred in your native language and an exact translation into English of each document
  • A Financial Guarantee Statement showing proof of the ability to pay tuition and living expenses

Personal Interview

Personal interviews add a valuable dimension to the admissions process. The MRED Admissions Committee believes that significant insight is gained by speaking directly with candidates to learn more about their interest in the program and in the real estate profession. The interview also provides the opportunity to amplify aspects of the applicant’s academic and professional experiences and to ask any questions about the  MRED program.

Interviews are by invitation only and will be issued once the applicant’s completed admission file has undergone a preliminary review. A personal interview is required of all students admitted into the  Dollinger MRED program, though not all applicants will be interviewed. An interview does not guarantee admission.

Interviews typically last 30 to 45 minutes and will be conducted by an MRED alumnus or MRED program directors. Where possible, interviews will be held in person. Telephone interviews can also be arranged.

Once an applicant has submitted a complete application package, they will be contacted to schedule an interview. In order to facilitate the interview process, applicants are encouraged to submit all admission materials well in advance of the application deadline.

Admission Application Deadline

February 1. Applications are only accepted for summer semester entry. In order to facilitate the Personal Interview process, applicants are encouraged to submit admissions materials well in advance of the deadline. Interviews will be scheduled once a complete application package has been received.

Application Submission

How to Apply

Online: Candidates may apply online through USC’s graduate online application system at The online system allows you to electronically submit the entire application including USC Price supporting documents — except for official transcripts and a copy of test scores, should be sent directly to USC Price at the mailing address below.

USC Price Recruitment and Admissions
650 Childs Way, RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Tel: (213) 740-0550
Fax: (213) 740-7573