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FAQ

What is the difference between the Winter and Summer Sessions?
The 2019 Winter Session will follow the four-week format. The 2019 Summer Session will follow the two-week format. The curriculum is the same for all sessions. The two-week format may be convinient for students who reside outside the Southern California area. 

Can I apply if I do not have experience in real estate?
Ross Program participants come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including real estate sales, architecture, construction, finance, law, urban planning, non-profit management and brokerage. The program builds upon the knowledge that students bring with them and classroom discussions are enlivened by diverse perspectives. In some cases we accept individuals who do not have direct real estate experience but have some understanding of land use concepts, finance, public administration or non-profit administration. 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?
An interview may be 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 professional references. The letters 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. 

If I decide after acceptance that I cannot participate in the program, may I get a refund?
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.