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Graduate Admission

Thank you for considering the University of Southern California for your graduate studies. USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of a great research university located in one of the world’s most exciting cities. Dornsife College is well connected with USC’s professional schools, and students in our graduate programs may also take advantage of partnerships with Los Angeles art museums, art galleries and research centers. USC is at the center of discovery, research and innovation in the U.S., across the Pacific Rim and beyond.

Dornsife College is made up of more than thirty academic departments in the humanities, social sciences and life/physical sciences. We offer Ph.D. programs in 25 disciplines, including three interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs, 24 master’s degrees and eight graduate certificate programs.

The distinctive features of our Ph.D. programs include a high level of intellectual engagement between our outstanding faculty and diverse and highly qualified students; a community of scholars that is supported by a wide variety of research centers and programs; financial aid packages that allow students to focus on academics and professionalization; opportunities to serve as a teaching assistant and to focus on the scholarship of teaching; and, an outstanding placement record that is supported by a very effective network of graduates that serve in important research, teaching and policy positions in business, government, and the academy.

We invite you to explore our programs in more depth by visiting departmental and program websites.

Steven L. Lamy

Vice Dean for Academic Programs

USC Dornsife College


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