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What is the difference between the Winter and Summer Sessions?

The 2023 Winter Session will follow the five-week format via Zoom. Classes convene three days a week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for four weeks and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the fifth week. 

The 2023 Summer Session will be in-person and follow a four-week format on the University of Southern California campus. Classes convene three days a week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for three weeks and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the fourth week. 

The curriculum is the same for all sessions.

How has COVID-19 affected the Ross Program sessions? 

The program was provided as an online course, via Zoom following USC's COVID-19 guidelines. The course returned to an in-person format June 2022. 

Can I apply if I do not have experience in real estate?
Ross Program participants come from a variety of professional backgrounds in land use, policy and finance, including real estate sales, brokerage, architecture, construction, banking, law, urban planning, non-profit management and public sector administration. The program builds upon the knowledge that students bring with them and diverse perspectives enliven classroom discussions. In some cases, we accept individuals who do not have direct experience but have parallel or similar professions and understanding of land use concepts. In your statement of purpose, you must clearly articulate your desire for admittance into the program and how you would utilize the skills and information acquired.

Do I need to submit test scores?
The Ross Program is a continuing education program and does not require test scores.

Is it possible to request an interview for admission?
Interviews are granted if the applicant wishes to share any concerns or clarify any discrepancy in the application. However, it is not a general practice in the admission process.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
The two letters should be from industry professionals. The author should describe their relationship to you, include an honest evaluation of your skills and accomplishments, and explain why they recommend you as a candidate of the Ross Program. Letters of recommendation from relatives, personal/family friends, clergy or someone you have supervised are not appropriate.

What is your policy on deferred admission?
Deferment of admission is awarded on a case-by-case basis and not always possible.  Admitted applicants who defer and request to be considered for a subsequent session may need to re-apply.  Application materials are kept on file for one year.

Is financial aid available through federal and local funding programs?
No. Only formal degree programs qualify for federal and local aid through FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.

What methods of payment are accepted for the program fee?
Corporate or cashier’s checks, or credit cards (MasterCard or Visa) are accepted. USC does not accept American Express. Tuition must be paid in full before the session commences. Tuition is paid in two installments. A $1,000 deposit is due upon notice of admission, followed by the remaining balance to be paid before the session commences. 

May I get a refund, if I decide after acceptance, that I cannot participate in the program?
USC does not offer refunds. However, under special circumstances, a deferment may be granted, which will allow you to attend the subsequent session.

What happens if I miss a class or evening event?
Attendance at all classes and for all site visits and networking events is critical to success in the program. Of course, we understand that emergencies may arise. However, frequent absence from lectures will disqualify a student from completing the program and receiving their certificate of completion. Not attending or participating during the final week may result in not receiving a certificate of completion. 

Are these evening classes?
No. The majority of class days are scheduled from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, as well as several evening events from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. In addition, expect to dedicate several hours of personal time during the final week working on the group project. 

What is awarded upon completion?
A certificate of completion is awarded to all students who attended and meet all requirements for the course.