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Thanks for visiting our admissions blog! Here we hope to address questions that are frequently asked from applicants and to clarify any aspects of the application and admissions process that may be complicated or confusing. As always, please feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions you may have, or leave questions here in the comment section and we will be sure to answer them. We look forward to hearing from you.


Kristin Nxumalo

Retaking Prerequisites for Entry-Level Master’s

, by Kristin Nxumalo · comment

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Hello! I would like to share about retaking prerequisite courses for the Entry-Level Master’s Program at USC. We understand that applicants want to maximize their potential for admission. One way to do this is to look at the prerequisite GPA, one of the key components to your application. In OTCAS you may select one or multiple courses to satisfy each prerequisite and to be calculated as part of your prerequisite GPA. If you retake a course, for example statistics, you may select only the statistics course that you completed for the highest grade to satisfy this prerequisite. While both statistics courses will be reflected in your cumulative GPA, if they are both on your transcripts, only the highest grade will be considered as part of your prerequisite GPA. I hope that answers any questions you have about retaking your prerequisites! Please keep in mind that in addition to the prerequisite GPA the admissions committee also considers the cumulative GPA (the average of all college coursework taken), GRE scores, letters of recommendation and personal statement as part of their holistic review process for the Entry-Level Master’s Program at USC. Feel free to reach out to your admissions advisor if you have any other questions!

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