While it is not necessary to submit proof of financial support or passport copies to be considered for admission, we highly recommend doing so at your earliest convenience. If you are admitted to and choose to attend USC, this will help expedite the issuance of your I-20 or DS-2019 for your F-1 or J-1 student visa application. If you are currently in the U.S. studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa, or participating in post-graduation OPT, you must also submit financial documents per the instructions below to transfer your SEVIS record to USC and receive a USC I-20.

Since USC provides funding to most PhD students it admits, applicants to PhD programs need only submit a passport copy. No financial statement is required unless the student is admitted and the university has confirmed that no funding will be provided.

Program Costs

As an international student, you must submit proof of your ability to cover your total program costs for the first year of study on campus on an F-1 or J-1 visa, as determined by the USC Financial Aid Office. For example, you may not subtract living costs if you intend to live with a relative in Los Angeles or if you intend to enroll in fewer units. This documentation is required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in order to receive your immigration documents from USC and ultimately your student visa.

The total cost of attendance below reflects total tuition and fees for one year of study only. The cost also includes health insurance, student programming fees, and living expenses in Los Angeles. You are not required to show evidence of financial ability beyond your program’s cost listed below. The cost is estimated for immigration purposes only and is not negotiable. 

To determine your program costs, please select the program to which you are applying from the table below.

Please note: If you have dependents who will apply for F-2/J-2 visas, you must be able to provide an additional $13,403 for your spouse and $6,701 for each child. 

Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Annenberg General Master'sMaster's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Annenberg General DoctoratePh.D.$52,168$28,250$76,092
Specialized JournalismMaster's$72,284$23,924$96,208
Specialized Journalism (The Arts)Master's$72,284$23,924$96,208
Global Communications (Year 2)Master's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Gerontology General Master'sMaster's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Gerontology General DoctoratePh.D.$52,168$23,924$76,092
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Dornsife General Master'sMaster's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Dornsife General DoctoratePh.D.$52,168$23,924$76,092
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
All LL.M. ProgramsMaster's$71,692$23,924$95,146
J.D. ProgramJ.D.$71,692$23,924$95,146
Master of Comparative LawMaster's$71,692$23,924$95,146
Master of Studies in LawMaster's$71,692$23,924$95,146
Master of Dispute ResolutionMaster's$71,692$23,924$95,146
Dispute ResolutionGraduate Certificate$71,692$23,924$95,146
U.S. Legal StudiesGraduate Certificate$71,692$23,924$95,146
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Keck General Master'sMaster's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Keck General DoctoratePh.D.$52,168$23,924$76,092
Public HealthMaster's$63,548$20,716$87,472
Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative MedicineMaster's$55,663$23,924$79,587
Neuroimaging and InformaticsMaster's$52,168$23,924$76,092
Global MedicineMaster's$60,948$20,848$84,872
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Accounting with Summer IntensiveMaster's$82,728$29,240$111,968
Accounting Master's$68,728$23,924$92,652
Business Taxation with Summer IntensiveMaster's$82,728$29,240$111,968
Business Taxation Master's$68,728$23,924$92,652
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Business AdministrationM.S.$44,373$23,924$68,297
Business AdministrationPh.D.$63,823$23,924$87,747
1-Yr Mid-Career IBEARExecutive MBA (EMBA)M.B.A.$119,398$43,516$162,914
Executive MBA (EMBA)M.B.A.$74,283$27,910$102,193
Business Administration (Full Time)M.B.A.$74,413$25,252$99,665
Business AnalyticsM.S.$41,188$23,924$65,112
Entrepreneurship and InnovationM.S.$63,308$23,924$86,762
Global Supply Chain ManagementM.S.$55,113$23,924$79,037
Management StudiesM.M.S.T.$52,573$23,924$76,497
Social EntrepreneurshipM.S.$66,357$27,900$94,257
Marshall Graduate Certificate (General)Graduate Certificate$37,324$23,924$59,806
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Craniofacial BiologyPh.D.$27,561$23,924$51,485
Biomaterials and Digital DentistryM.S.$51,801$23,924$75,725
Biomedical Implants and Tissue EngineeringM.S.$51,801$23,924$75,725
Advanced EndodonticsGraduate Certificate$117,928$26,510$144,438
Advanced OrthodonticsGraduate Certificate$88,554$26,510$115,134
Advanced Pediatric DentistryGraduate Certificate$90,158$26,580$116,738
Advanced PeriodontologyGraduate Certificate$90,266$26,510$116,776
Advanced ProsthodonticsGraduate Certificate$125,356$26,510$151,866
Oral MedicineGraduate Certificate$120, 628$26,510$147,138
Advanced Operative and Adhesive DentistryGraduate Certificate$62,705$26,060$88,765
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Price General Master'sMaster's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Price General DoctoratePh.D.$52,168$23,924$76,092
Health AdministrationMaster's$63,548$23,924$87,472
Real Estate Development$99,716$91,306$30,569$130,285
Nonprofit Leadership and ManagementMaster's$83,568$31,898$115,466
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Roski General Master'sMaster's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Rossier General Master'sMaster's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Educational LeadershipEd.D.$44,188$23,924$68,112
Global ExecutiveEd.D.$898$285$1,183
Urban Education PolicyPh.D.$40,321$23,924$64, 245
Marriage and Family TherapyMaster's$80,957$35,884$116,841
Organizational Change and LeadershipEd.D.$898$285$1,183
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Master of Architecture, First Professional DegreeMaster's$68,264$23,924$92,188
Master of Advanced Architectural Studies:  Post-Professional DegreeMaster's$88,178$29,551$117,729
Master of Building ScienceMaster's$51,868$23,924$75,792
Master of Heritage ConservationMaster's$51,868$23,924$75,792
Master of Landscape Architecture, First Professional DegreeMaster's$68,264$23,924$92,188
ArchitectureGraduate Certificate$35,908$23,924$59,832
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Cinema General Master'sMaster's$48,428$23,924$72,352
Cinema General Master'sPh.D.$52,168$23,924$76,092
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
General Dramatic Arts Master'sMaster's$44,188$23,924$68,112
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Pharmacy General Master'sMaster's$65,834$23,924$89,758
Doctor of PharmacyPharm.D.$65,384$23,924$89,308
Regulatory SciencePh.D.$35,268$23,924$58,722
Regulatory ScienceMaster's$36,452$23,924$60,376
Healthcare Decision AnalysisMaster's$39,898$23,924$63,822
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Social Work Master'sMaster's$61,213$23,924$84,667
Social Work Ph.D.Ph.D.$52,168$23,924$76,092
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Thornton Graduate Degrees (except Graduate Certificates)Master's, DMA and PhD$37,608$23,924$61,532
Screen ScoringMaster's$61,813$23,924$85,267
Artist DiplomaGraduate Certificate$21,348$23,924$45,272
PerformanceGraduate Certificate$21,348$23,924$45,272
Arts LeadershipGraduate Certificate$63,548$23,924$87,472
Program Name Degree Type Tuition Living Total
Viterbi General Engineering Master'sMaster's$46,948$23,924$70,872
Viterbi General Engineering DoctoratePh.D.$55,540$23,924$79,464

These program costs are calculated for immigration purposes only and should not be considered a bill of expense. Actual costs may vary based on course load, living situation, lifestyle, etc. For estimated actual costs for your program, please visit the USC Office of Financial Aid website or contact your academic department.


Guidelines for Acceptable Financial Documents

All submitted financial support documents must include:
1.    Name of the account holder.
2.    Date of issue (which must be within one year of your intended program start date).
3.    Name of the bank or financial institution on official letterhead.
4.    Amount available for withdrawal (conversion to USD is not necessary).
5.    Professional, certified translations if financial documents are not in English.
6.   Confidential Statement for Sponsored Studies at USC if you are being sponsored by someone (e.g. family member, etc.).

For more information, please review USC’s documentation guidelines.

Please see the examples below of sample Financial Documents:

Sample Company Sponsorship Letter
Sample Bank Letter


USC Guidelines for Submitting Financial Support

The U.S. government requires that all international applicants provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses for themselves and their dependents (if applicable) before a formal letter of admission and an I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued.

Please click here for full information about USC Guidelines for Submitting Financial Support.


How to Submit Your Documents

Upload to your online application (Webadmit)

Please upload your financial documents and passport copy on the “Documents” tab in the “Supporting Information” segment of your application. You may do so as part of your application when you submit. Alternately, you can upload these documents to your application after you have already submitted. Please note that there is only one upload option available for each type of document, so you must consolidate your documents. If you already used this option on your application and still need to send us additional material, you can send them as attachments in PDF or JPEG format here after you select “Immigration Matters (I-20s, Visas, etc)” under the Select a Category drop down menu.

If your program has already notified you that you are academically eligible for admission, please submit your documents directly here (after you select “Immigration Matters (I-20s, Visas, etc)” under the Select a Category drop down menu) as this will help prevent unnecessary delays. Documents submitted through your application after you’ve been notified of your academic eligibility for admission will not be reviewed.

Please note: Please do not send us your documents prior to submitting your application. Mailing your financial documents and passport copies is not recommended. Original financial documents are not required.

Submit Documents

Note that it may take up to 10 business days (Monday through Friday) for your documents to be reviewed.