USC Price School of Public Policy

EML Admission

EML Admissions

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Executive Master of Leadership degree program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience with progressively greater levels of responsibility in management or leadership positions.

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 personal statement
  • Ability to contribute to a collaborative learning environment

Specifically, EML admission criteria is based on:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with progressively greater levels of responsibility in management or leadership positions
  • Strong recommendation letters from professional references
  • Strong personal statement of purpose

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

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How to Apply

The following items are required in order to complete the application process:
(Download a printable EML Application Checklist)

1. USC Graduate Application
Candidates should apply online through the USC’s graduate online application system at The online system allows you to electronically submit the application and most supplemental materials, such as your résumé, personal statement and letters of recommendation. Official transcripts cannot be submitted online and must be provided in their original, sealed envelope directly to the Price Recruitment and Admissions office.

2. Non-refundable Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $90 for all applicants is payable by credit card through the online Graduate Admission Application. Current USC students, alumni, full-time employees, faculty or dependents are exempt from the application fee.

3. Official Transcripts
Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. To expedite the processing of your application, please send all transcripts directly to the Price Recruitment and Admissions 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 institute to attach it to your official transcript.

USC has begun to accept some forms of e-transcripts. Please check with the institution(s) you attended to see if they provide e-transcripts. Please note that we accept only e-transcripts that are submitted via the following methods:

  • eSCRIP SAFE (Grad)
  • eTranscriptCA (CCC)
  • Texas Server (Grad)
  • University to University

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

Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

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

4. Résumé
A professional résumé will include professional and educational experience, as well as any outstanding achievements, honors, awards, and pertinent community or professional activities.

5. Letters of Recommendation
Two 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.

6. Personal Statement of Purpose
The personal statement should detail the applicant’s leadership experience, career aspirations, and how the completion of the EML degree with contribute to the realization of your career goals.

Note: Applicants may be requested 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 EML program.


Important Dates

April 15 – Admission application due (priority deadline); we will continue to accept applications after April 15 for consideration as space is available.
June – Acceptance notifications sent (for those applying by April 15)
August – class orientation
August – Fall semester begins

To learn more about the admission process and application deadline, please e-mail:

Tuition and Financial Support

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 EML 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.

Financial Aid
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. Additional 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.

Tuition Payment Plan Option
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 listed above.

For more information, click here or contact Rosana Padilla-Martinez, EML Program Administrator at 213-740-3415.