Admission Requirements – Master of Science in Global Medicine


The Master of Science in Global Medicine degree answers the urgent need for professional training in concepts of global health. 

Decisions on applications will take between 4-6 weeks from time of completion (including document processing). Submitting later will result in longer processing time. Stated application deadlines do not apply to current University of Southern California Undergraduates interested in earning a Progressive Degree.

Application Deadlines


June 15th


October 31st

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program should satisfy all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Applicants not meeting Graduate School requirements for regular standing may, with approval of the Graduate School, be conditionally admitted to select programs.

The GRE is not required.

Graduate Admission Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Official transcripts must be received from each accredited college or university attended.

A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation

ALL letters must be less than a year old and on department letterhead. At least one letter must be academic. Letters from peer colleagues or friends will not be accepted.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be 1 page.

Writing prompts: Why are you interested in pursuing the Master of Science in Global Medicine degree? How will this degree affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals? Please also mention your track preference (clinical, management, interprofessional).

Curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume

No particular format is required.

Prerequisite Courses by track

Clinical Track

2 semesters / 3 quarters of General Chemistry

2 semesters / 3 quarters of General Biology

2 semesters / 3 quarters of Organic Chemistry

1 course in Calculus or Statistics

Management Track

2 semesters / 3 quarters of General Chemistry

2 semesters / 3 quarters of General Biology

1 course in Calculus or Statistics

1 course in Organic Chemistry (optional, but recommended)

Interprofessional Track

2 semesters / 3 quarters of General Chemistry

2 semesters / 3 quarters of General Biology

1 course in Calculus or Statistics

1 course in Organic Chemistry (optional, but recommended)

How to Apply

Apply to the program via the USC Graduate School application

Prepare to apply by gathering all materials and information to complete your online application. Applications will not be reviewed until all components have been submitted and processed.

Materials include personal statement, resume/CV, recommender’s information, personal, financial and education information.

Create a USC application account and complete all parts of the online application, including:

  • Statement of Purpose (1 page)
  • Resume or CV

Complete this step before proceeding. For issues encountered on the online application, please visit the Ask USC webpage.

Three letters of recommendation

Letters must be signed and submitted by recommender on professional letterhead.

Recommenders may submit letters of recommendation by:

  • Uploading the letter through the Graduate Admissions Online Application.
  • Uploading the letter to Interfolio. Applicants then release letters by email to Please do not send Interfolio letters via regular mail.

Additional letters above the 3 letter requirement will be added to file but are not guaranteed to be read. We will accept letters written for health professional programs, but we will not accept letters written for post baccalaureate programs or other master’s programs.


Transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions are required. Please note that it may take several weeks to process transcripts once they have been received. Your patience is appreciated.

Two steps are recommended for the fastest processing of your transcripts and subsequent admissions decision, and future course registration:

  • Send official, registrar-issued transcripts to yourself, scan them, and upload them to your application where prompted in the online application.(if you encounter problems uploading documents to the online application, visit the Graduate Admissions’ help page)
  • Request that the institution where you completed your undergraduate degree submit an official, registrar-issued electronic transcript directly to USC. Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to

Select “Graduate Admission” for “Area” and “Transcripts” for “Category.” You will then be able to attach a document to the online form. Please use PDF or JPEG format only and ensure the file is less than 10 MB.

For transcript processing updates, please call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (213) 740-1111.

Optional standardized test score

Standardized test scores are not required for admission. However, if you want to include a test score with your application, please choose from:

  • GRE: University of Southern California, ETS Code 4852, no departmental code required
  • MCAT: email your AAMC ID and verification code (found on MCAT THx website when selecting “Create and Print” Score Report)
  • DAT: send official score report to

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