Complete your MSHRM Application in 4 Steps

apply to the MSHRM at USC

Are you planning to apply to the MS in Human Resource Management program at USC? We understand applying to graduate school can be intimidating, but we’ve simplified the application process into four simple steps.

  1. Gather your application materials
  • Request your transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you attended.
    • You can learn more about requesting and submitting your transcripts here.
  • Update your professional resume.

TipOn your resume, feel free to include internships, experience outside of the field that you are applying for, and any professional certifications and/or memberships.

  1. Create a login and begin the online application

Begin the online application here.

  1. Add program materials to your application
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Follow our prompt and address these questions:
      • Why are you seeking an MSHRM degree?
      • Why is the program at USC the best program for you?
      • How will this program help you in your career?

Tips: Ensure your goals and interests are clear and specific. Demonstrate your motivation. Your statement should be sincere and concise. Carefully proofread and refine the document before submitting it.

  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Simply list your evaluator’s name and email address under the evaluators tab of the application portal.
    • Your evaluator will receive an email invitation to complete the recommendation online and upload their letter.
    • Your application will automatically update once the recommendation is submitted. You do not need to wait for your recommender to submit their recommendation in order to submit your application.


  • Professional letters of recommendations from supervisors, managers or other leaders are preferred. For applicants with less professional experience, academic letters of recommendation will suffice.
  • Ask someone to recommend you that you feel knows you well and can write a strong recommendation.
  • You can ask that your recommender speak to how they know you, your professional attributes and your aptitude for graduate study.
  • You may wish to provide your recommender with a copy of your resume for context.
  1. Submit your application

Submit your application with the $90 application fee.

Tip: Veterans, current USC students, alumni, and USC faculty, staff and dependents can request an application fee waiver. If you are requesting a fee waiver, be sure to do so in advance of the application deadline, as they take about 3 to 4 days to process.

Once you have submitted your completed application, the Admissions department will review it for completeness. Keep an eye on your email for communication regarding any outstanding or incomplete documents.

Completed applications will be sent to the Admissions Committee for a decision.

While you are awaiting your decision, you can begin work on the FAFSA to ensure that financial aid is in place, should you need it.

USC Federal School Code: 001328

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