American Studies and Ethnicity is among the most innovative departments in the nation. The department’s widely published interdisciplinary faculty specialize in the theoretical study of race and ethnicity; the analysis of cultural production in the Americas; and transnational, cross-racial, and comparative research.
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Programs and Master’s Programs
The Integrative and Evolutionary Biology (IEB) Ph.D. Program is a multi-domain training program for research on organismic functions across the history of life. Research by IEB faculty and graduate students targets emerging areas at the interface of genomics, evolution, and physiology.
The Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience at USC offers students a broad-based curriculum and state-of-the-art training in modern neuroscience techniques. More than 70 faculty from 18 departments conduct externally-funded research ranging from molecules to cognition.
In the innovative interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Population, Health and Place, faculty from the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute, the USC Dornsife Department of Sociology, and the Keck School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine provide traing for careers in research, teaching, and applied work at the intersection of sociology (population), preventive medicine (health), and the spatial sciences (place). Students completing this program will be poised to work in the academic, public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to conduct research and create the policies and programs needed to promote human well-being and environmental sustainability.
The Master's in Public Diplomacy, is offered in partnership with the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ School of International Relations and the Annenberg School for Communication. It emphasizes the role of non-state actors, global public opinion, international news and international communication in the public diplomacy process. We are developing the next generation of leadership for international public service, business and nongovernmental organizations.
EASC offers an interdisciplinary Masters Degree in East Asian Area Studies. Candidates for the M.A. degree are able to design a program of study based on individual scholarly and professional goals. Students choose from courses offered by departments and professional schools across the university, concentrating on one country (China, Japan, or Korea) or developing region-wide expertise. Students work closely with faculty advisors to design their program of study and to complete the required Master’s thesis. There are over fifty faculty members affiliated with the East Asian Studies Center whose teaching and research interests focus on the countries of East Asia.
The Marshall School of Business, in conjunction with the East Asian Studies Center, offers a joint M.A./M.B.A. degree that combines graduate business education with training in the cultures and societies of East Asia. Students enrolled in the joint degree program are required to complete a minimum of 72 units. All students must complete 48 units in the Marshall School of Business.
The USC Gould School of Law and the Department of Economics jointly offer a three-year program leading to the J.D. and M.A. degrees. Applicants must apply to both the Law School and the Graduate School and meet requirements for admission to both. Work toward the M.A. degree normally begins during the student’s second year of residence.
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Department of Economics jointly offer a two-year program leading to the M.Pl. and M.A. degrees. Applicants must apply to the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and USC College and meet the admission requirements of both.
The M.A./J.D. is awarded after the completion of course work in both the School of International Relations and USC Law School. The first year is ordinarily devoted to completing core law courses. Admission to the M.A./J.D. program is contingent upon admission to both the Law School and the School of International Relations; however, applications to the joint degree program may be made to the School of International Relations during the first fall semester of USC Law studies.
This dual degree program allows students to work in both fields of study simultaneously and attain the dual degree within three years (students may extend the dual degree to four years). Admission to the M.A./M.Pl. is contingent upon admission to both the School of International Relations and the School of Policy Planning and Development. The dual degree program provides the optimal combination of theory and practice coursework needed for qualify degree holders for a wide range of private, public and non profit sector careers with government agencies, consulting firms, corporations, utilities, international technical assistance programs, and special interest organizations.
This dual degree program allows students to work in both fields of study simultaneously and attain the dual degree within three years. Admission to the M.A./M.P.A. is contingent upon admission to both the School of International Relations and the School of Policy Planning and Development. The dual degree program provides the optimal combination of theory and practice coursework needed for qualify degree recipients for a wide range of sector careers in international policy and management.
The objective of this Master of Science program is to produce graduates with a rigorous foundation in the economic theory and mathematical modeling of financial markets. The program creates an integrated curriculum spanning four disciplines: economics, mathematics, econometrics/statistics, and computational/numerical analysis. The program is designed for recent graduates in the fields of applied mathematics, physics, and engineering — or for graduates in economics, business, and finance with strong mathematical backgrounds — who wish to pursue high-tech finance careers in financial institutions, industry, or government.
The School of Philosophy offers a dual-degree of J.D./Master of Arts in Philosophy.
The Master of Science in Spatial Informatics is a ground-breaking cross-disciplinary degree program offered jointly by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Computer Science and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Spatial Sciences Institute.
The USC Master of Science in Spatial Informatics provides students with the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and contribute toward the significant technical and societal challenges created by large location-based data environments, including architecture, security, integrity, management, scalability, artificial intelligence topics, and distribution;
- Understand the principles and application of informatics and geographic information sciences (GIS), and the goals of enterprise information intelligence and analytics; and
- Utilize technical, engineering, and GIS skills coupled with informatics capabilities to intelligently mine data to provide enterprise-centric solutions for diverse societal issues.
Master of Public Health GeoHealth track
Through a groundbreaking collaboration at the University of Southern California, online students in the internationally recognized Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Master of Public Health can specialize in GeoHealth by completing four spatial sciences concentration courses offered by the top-ranked USC Spatial Sciences Institute.
In the Master of Public Health GeoHealth track, the first specialization of its kind, you have an exclusive opportunity to:
- Develop your leadership skills as a spatially-enabled health professional.
- Explore how geographical contexts shape health outcomes, trends and inequalities.
- Discover why public health increasingly relies on spatial sciences.