Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in a Marshall graduate course?

USC non-Marshall graduate students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Proof of your degree must be on record with USC
  • Graduate Student – You must be a current graduate student at USC and admitted to a degree program
  • GPA – You must meet a minimum USC graduate GPA of 3.20. If your graduate GPA is not available yet, your undergraduate GPA must be a minimum of 3.40
  • 12-unit limit – You may not complete more than 12 units of graduate Marshall courses

If you meet these requirements, you may complete the non-Marshall Graduate Application to take a Marshall graduate (500 level) course that allows non-business student participation.

Can I use my undergrad GPA instead of my grad GPA?

The undergraduate GPA is considered only when a graduate GPA is not available. 

How do I get D-Clearance?

The students must meet the non-Marshall graduate student eligibility requirements and complete the application to take a graduate (500 level) course that allows non-Marshall student participation.

Will I be enrolled once I submit the application?

Once the application is received, reviewed and approved by our staff, the student will be enrolled in the course if seats are available. 

Can I submit an application for a course that is currently full? 

Students may submit an application for a course that currently full. Once the application is received, reviewed and approved by our staff, the student will be placed on the waiting list. 

How does the waitlist work?

Once a class is full, course waitlist is created for the class. When an enrolled student drops the class, a seat will become available. The person that is currently first on the waitlist will be automatically enrolled in the class. When you are enrolled, you will get a registration confirmation email from our office.

How does waitlist priority get determined?

Your priority is determined by the date and time we receive your non-Marshall Graduate Application

How do I know my current priority on the waitlist?

You will get an email with the updated waitlist weekly. The email will include information such as:

  • Your new priority - if a space became available and someone was promoted off the waitlist or if someone who was currently waiting asked to be removed.
  • The names of all students currently on the waitlist.

How many people are currently on the waitlist?​

The University Schedule of Classes ( has class information, including how many students are enrolled in each class and how many students are on the waitlist. Please note that the schedule does not get updated in real time and there could be a lag where other students have submitted waitlists after the last published update on the Schedule of Classes.

I don't want to be on a waitlist anymore. How do I get off of a waitlist?

To be removed from a waitlist, send an email to and request to be removed. You will receive an email confirmation letting you know that you have been taken off the waitlist. Please let us know if you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 business days.

How do I waive the course pre-requisite?

In order to waive the course pre-requisite, the student must obtain permission from the professor by emailing them and then forward the professor's permission to