Verification of Degree From Domestic and International Institutions

VERIFICATION OF DEGREE FROM A DOMESTIC INSTITUTION

All graduate students must verify that they have been awarded a bachelor’s-level degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent degree from an institution outside the United States.

Students seeking to verify prior degrees from domestic institutions:

  • Students must submit official transcripts to the Registrar One Stop Center located in lobby of the JHH building. Students may also request official transcripts to be mailed to the Registrar One Stop Center directly. The mailing address for the Registrar One Stop Center is:

    Registrar One Stop
    University of Southern California
    University Park Campus
    700 Childs Way, John Hubbard Hall 106
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912

  • All transcripts must be enclosed in the original envelope and must be sealed with security marks intact from the issuing institution.
  • Electronic transcripts sent through email attachments from issuing institutions may be received by USC if sent to the rtimmins@usc.edu email address.
  • Students may contact the Registrar One Stop Center or call at (213) 740-8500 for assistance.

PRIOR DEGREE FROM AN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTION

All graduate students must verify that they have been awarded a bachelor’s-level degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent degree from an institution outside the United States.

If you received a degree from an institution outside the United States and are required to complete degree verification, please follow these instructions:

  • Students whose admission is conditional on having their previous degrees verified will have an "Activity Restriction Warning," identified as an ADM40 or RNR40, placed on their records. Failure to complete the verification process in the allotted time may result in delayed or cancelled registration, and late fees. Your previous degrees must be verified before your graduate degree can be awarded.
  • This requirement is separate from, and in addition to, the credential review conducted for admission. Therefore, you may be required to submit another set of credentials in addition to the materials submitted with your application for admission.
  • Most students will have to satisfy this requirement before the end of their first term at USC.
  • Verification of prior international degrees requires a "Certification of Studies for USC" from the International Education Research Foundation. This service is not offered on campus. This service is not offered on campus. Please visit the IERF website for more information about required documents and fees.

VERIFICATION OF PRIOR INTERNATIONAL DEGREES

The Degree Progress department recognizes the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) as a provider of verifications of prior international degrees. Details about their services, including application forms, fees and required documents are available at the IERF website.

  • *GEMBA program students: Please contact the program coordinator at uscgemba@sjtu.edu.cn for more information regarding verification of your previous degree(s) before engaging IERF.

If you are admitted to an off-campus program, it is strongly recommended that you initiate the verification process directly with IERF as soon as all your credentials are available.

  • IERF: You will need to send your original documents for inspection, but in most (though not all) cases, your prior institution won’t have to send them independent verification. When your verification is complete, IERF will mail your documents back to you. Opting for upgraded return shipping with tracking is strongly recommended. Please note that transmission of your evaluation results to USC is already included in the base fee. You do not need to pay for an extra copy of the report.

Please start the process as soon as possible to avoid delays.

The Degree Progress department no longer forwards documents to IERF. You will need to arrange shipping through USPS, FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc. Opting for a level of service that provides a tracking number is strongly recommended.