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6 big reasons to experience
USC Dornsife as a graduate student

Reason 1: Faculty

Graduate students work in an exciting scholarly environment with outstanding faculty who make an important impact on traditional disciplines, emerging fields, the community and the world.

Reason 2: Diversity

USC offers a diverse and dynamic academic and social environment, and boasts the highest number of international students enrolled at any university in the U.S.

Reason 3: Funding Opportunities

Generous fellowships are available to students pursuing Ph.D.degrees. Fellows work closely with their professors and mentors, combining advanced study with research and teaching.

Reason 4: Research

Graduate students and their professors lead ground-breaking research in traditional and interdisciplinary fields through well-funded laboratories, research institutes and centers.

Reason 5: Professionalization

Graduate students receive ongoing guidance and funding for professional development and career preparation.

Reason 6: Placement

The numerous strategic resources available to Ph.D. students position them to secure top jobs in the academe, and in public and private sectors.

    Welcome to the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Office of Graduate Programs. We are dedicated to helping graduate students launch their careers and ensuring that they utilize USC Dornsife’s vast resources.

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    Graduate Studies at USC Dornsife

    USC Dornsife offers more than a standard graduate school experience by taking students to a higher level of science and scholarship, and a brighter, more fulfilling future. Explore…

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    Graduate Studies in Physics

    Learn more about graduate studies in physics at USC Dornsife.

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    Speed Heals

    USC Dornsife Professor Samantha Butler studies a fundamental issue in development and neuroscience—how the embryonic brain gets wired.

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    Simon Tavaré, a USC Dornsife professor in biological science, leads a team of researchers in advancing our understanding of the genetic origins of human disease

    Simon Tavaré, a USC Dornsife professor in biological science, leads a team of researchers in advancing our understanding of the genetic origins of human disease.

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    E-literature poetry project by Literature and Creative Writing grad student

    Inventive e-literature poetry project by USC Dornsife Literature and Creative Writing grad student, Amaranth Borsuk. For more information, check out: Video by Mira Zimet

    Marine Biology program at USC Dornsife

    The core scientific mission of the Marine Environmental Biology section is to understand marine organisms, their interactions in complex marine ecosystems, and the emergent…

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    Grad student studies fossils in China

    The Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries is a joint venture between the Dinosaur Institute of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Department of Earth Sciences…

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    Master of Liberal Studies Program

    Unlock the dynamics of our world and future in the USC Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) Program.

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    Discovery in Myron Goodman's lab

    Qingfai Jiang, a graduate student in Myron Goodman's lab discovered the mechanism for how the enzyme RecA is involved in activating Pol V.

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    Decoding Cancer - one cell at a time

    Professor of molecular biology Susan Forsburg studies how chromosome duplication and maintenance contributes to overall genome stability in a model genetic system. Loss of genome…

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    College grad student at Jane Goodall Institute in Gombe

    USC Dornsife doctoral student Rob O’Malley studies chimpanzees in Tanzania through a partnership with a pioneering primatologist.

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    Neuroscience at USC Dornsife

    Neurobiologist Tansu Celikel and graduate student David Herman examine how the brain processes sensory data.

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    Transporting Proteins in Don Arnold's lab

    Grad students in Don Arnold's lab track proteins in cells.

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    USC Dornsife offers more than a standard graduate school experience by taking students to a higher level of science and scholarship, and a brighter, more fulfilling future. Explore graduate studies at USC Dornsife.