The University of Southern California is a private, not for profit, accredited institution in Los Angeles. Founded in the early 1870’s, USC was the dream of several public-spirited citizens led by Judge Robert Maclay Widney. At the time of its opening in 1880, there were only 53 students and the city lacked paved streets and electric lights.
Today, the University of Southern California is located at the heart of a vibrant metropolis and has a student population from around the world.i It is also designated by Carnegie as a doctoral university with the “highest research activity.” Future students have a choice of over 400 graduate and professional programs in their liberal arts college and 18 professional schools. Plus, over 80 of its graduate programs are available online. These span the fields of nursing, education, social work and more.
At the University of Southern California, the central mission is to develop human beings, and society as a whole, through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit. This is accomplished through core values of teaching, research, artistic creation, professional practice and selected forms of public service.
Based on Fall 2015 data, graduate enrollment was over 24,590 studentsi
Financial aid may be available for eligible students.i Scholarships, fellowships and other sources of aid are awarded primarily by individual academic departments.
Students should note that each program may have specific requisites and procedures. In most cases, admission and enrollment requirements for online programs are the same as on-campus. Generally, applicants may expect the requisites listed below.
While USC has four terms – Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer – students should verify the start dates of the program they apply to. For instance, the Master of Arts in Teaching program starts three times throughout the year (January, May and September).
Based on Fall 2015 data, USC had 3,900 full-time and 1,779 part-time faculty, as well as a total of 1,988 graduate assistants.i Many of these are “distinguished professors” whose accomplishments have brought special renown to USC. The USC faculty also includes National Medal Winners and Nobel Laureates.
The online MSN from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing is the first graduate nursing program in the country to integrate nursing and social work practice. more >
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work works with selected agencies and organizations across the country that represents the complete range of social services. more >
The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. more >
The MSW@USC gives students the opportunity to earn the same quality education on-campus students receive. more >
The USC School of Social Work offers a 35-credit advanced standing MSW program with both full-time (three semesters) and part-time (five semesters) options. more >
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers a 35-credit advanced standing MSW program with both full-time (three semesters) and part-time (five semesters) options. more >
The Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program, delivered online, equips students with the skills and knowledge required to significantly improve learning and performance o more >
USC College is pleased to offer an innovative Master of Science program in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST). more >
A constantly changing business environment confronts organizational leaders with information and situations beyond their control. more >
The aging of America will result in enormous consequences for every aspect of society. more >
The quality of life available to older persons and their evolving role in society are critical concerns. more >
Whether it's a hospital, a group medical practice, or a nursing care facility, leaders with strong business skills are needed to keep the business of healthcare running smoothly. more >
The medical device and diagnostic industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of high technology in the United States. more >
The Master of Science in Operations Research Engineering trains students in solving business problems with computers and mathematics. more >
Petroleum Engineering involves the technology of economically developing and producing subterranean reservoirs of oil, gas, steam, and hot water and designing underground waste disposal facilities. more >
The Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering (Smart Oilfield Technologies) is a new unique degree offered only through the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. more >
The USC Master of Science in Product Development Engineering is an interdisciplinary degree program jointly offered by the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Daniel J. more >
The USC Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) degree provides the technical education needed for engineering professionals in various industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy a more >
The USC Master of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering (MSISE) program is designed for engineers and related technical professionals aspiring to achieve the highest levels of responsibility and more >
The Master of Health Systems Management Engineering is a joint program with the School of Policy, Planning and Development’s Master of Health Administration Program that prepares students for process more >
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This program is recommended to graduate engineers and engineering managers responsible for the conception and implementation of complex systems. more >
Help all students achieve their full potential with a Master's of Education in Advanced Instruction delivered online from the USC Rossier School of Education. more >