Music Industry

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Undergraduate Application Deadline

December 1st (First-year and Transfer)

Undergraduate Application Requirements

This section is for all first-year and transfer applicants from outside of USC applying to the Bachelor of Science (BS) Music Industry program for the fall semester. USC does not accept applications for spring admission unless you are already a current USC student.

Note: This information applies only to undergraduate Music Industry applicants. Current USC students should follow the change/addition of major application process.

The total application fee is $110 ($85 for the Common Application and $25 for the Thornton Portfolio in SlideRoom). All required materials must be submitted by December 1.

Recordings/materials must be submitted online through the SlideRoom Portfolio by the December 1st deadline and will not be accepted via mail or email for any program. We cannot guarantee the review of any material received after December 1. Any application not complete by December 1st may be removed from consideration.

Applications for the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry program from those who have already completed a degree in the same field will be withdrawn and the application fee will not be refunded.

Applicants experiencing hardship or extenuating circumstances due to natural disaster or public health concerns in their local area that may affect their ability to satisfy application requirements may contact the Thornton Office of Admission at to explore possible accommodations. Though we cannot guarantee that accommodations/exceptions will be possible, applicants are encouraged to contact the Admission Office as soon as possible to allow the maximum amount of time to consider the options.

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Fall Admission

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Complete the USC Application

All applicants must complete the USC Undergraduate Application and submit all other application materials required by USC Admission by the December 1st deadline: First-year applicants, Transfer applicants, International applicants.

Note: Undergraduate applicants to the Thornton School are only permitted to select one Thornton major through the Common Application and it must be selected as the first-choice major. Applicants who would like to be considered for admission to a second Thornton major must complete the Second Major Request process.

Complete the SlideRoom Portfolio

All applicants must complete the Thornton SlideRoom portfolio by the December 1st deadline. All Thornton supplemental materials must be uploaded through SlideRoom, which you will access through the link provided in the “Portfolio Instructions” section in the Common Application (see details below). Thornton supplemental materials will not be accepted via mail or email.

All first-year applicants: By selecting a Thornton program in the first-choice major field, the Common Application will automatically populate with the following text: “Because of the major you selected above, you will need to submit a Portfolio for your program to complete your application”. Select “Yes, I understand.” and refer to the Portfolio Instructions in the left hand column.

All transfer applicants: By selecting a Thornton program in the first-choice major field, the Common Application will automatically populate with the following text: “Because of the major you selected above, you will need to submit a Portfolio for your program to complete your application”. Select “Yes, I understand.” and refer to the “USC Thornton School of Music” SlideRoom link that will automatically populate below the portfolio question.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following materials in the SlideRoom portfolio:

SlideRoom Requirements

Statement of Purpose

You are required to submit a Statement of Purpose (400 – 550 words) that communicates your plans and goals related to the pursuit of this program. Why do you wish to pursue the BS in Music Industry degree at USC Thornton?

Two supplemental short essays

You are required to submit a short essay (100 – 350 words each) on each of the following two (2) topics:

  • Provide at least two (2) examples of positive advances in the music industry that have occurred throughout the last two years that will benefit the artist/songwriter into the future. Do not include TikTok in your discussion.
  • If you were stranded on a desert island with enough battery life in your phone to play only one song—what song would it be and why?
Video/Digital Media Submissions

A video submission consisting of two (2) recordings: You are required to submit a video recording in the SlideRoom media section responding to the following two (2) prompts:

  • A 1 – 2 minute video that addresses the following: An introduction of yourself describing your background and passion for music and the music industry without using the word “passion” in your description.
  • A 1 – 2 minute video answering the following question: What do you think it takes to be successful in the Music Industry Program at USC Thornton?

Optional: Music Industry applicants may submit additional supporting material. Optional supporting material may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Musical and/or musical related work(s): You may submit up to one (1) optional musical and/or musical related work. Examples may include music performances, music productions, compositions or mixes, copies of music work, budgetary outlines, contracts, etc.
Introductory Video for All Undergraduate Applicants

All applicants to undergraduate Thornton programs are required to submit a single-take, unedited, and preferably unrehearsed 1-2 minute video that offers a brief personal introduction and answers the following question: How do you envision using your USC Thornton education to become a force for positive change in the evolution of the music profession and music as an art form?


The résumé is generally 1-2 pages in length and should focus on the following:

  • Education- emphasizing your academic history;
  • Professional endeavors- identifying work, internships, and/or volunteer positions;
  • Extra-curricular activities – identify activities beyond your classes; and
  • Leadership – identifying leadership roles you may have held as part of any of your previous experience(s).
  • First-year applicants are not required to upload transcripts in SlideRoom but must submit official transcripts to USC Admission, as required.
  • Transfer applicants are required to upload a copy of all college transcripts in SlideRoom in addition to the official transcripts that must be submitted to USC Admission.
    • Note: USC Admission also requires official high school transcripts (with date of graduation) and official college transcripts of any and all college coursework completed through the fall term for all transfer applicants.
Letters of Recommendation (Optional)

In addition to the recommendation letters required by USC Admission submitted via the Common Application, undergraduate applicants may submit up to two (2) optional letters of recommendation via the SlideRoom Portfolio “References” section. Important notes for optional letters of recommendation:

  • Any optional letters of recommendation you want reviewed by the Thornton faculty must be submitted via the Thornton SlideRoom “References” section by December 1. We cannot guarantee the review of any material received after December 1.
  • Required letters of recommendation submitted to USC Admission through the appropriate Common Application avenues will automatically be included with the Thornton SlideRoom application for review by Thornton Faculty for first-year/freshman applicants.
  • USC Admission will not receive any optional letter of recommendation submitted through the Thornton SlideRoom “References” section.
  • Any recommendation sent via mail or email will not be reviewed by the Thornton faculty.