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Master’s Degrees

Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology

The Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology is designed to prepare individuals for possible advanced study leading to a Ph.D. in marine environmental biology/chemistry, geobiology, oceanography, conservation biology, and population dynamics; medical school; work in environmental regulatory science; or work in environmental consulting and business.

Chair: Douglas Capone, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
Tel:  (213) 740-5774
Fax: (213) 740-8123
E-mail: marinebio@usc.edu

 

Master of Public Diplomacy

The Master of Public Diplomacy combines the resources of the Annenberg School for Communication and the College's School of International Relations. This program is designed for students who already have a substantial undergraduate background in social sciences or relevant professional experience in subjects such as communication, film and media studies, journalism, political science, public relations and international relations.

Director: Nick Cull, Ph.D., Professor of Public Diplomacy
Tel: (213) 821-0770
Fax: (213) 213 740 3913
E-mail: ascadm@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in East Asian Area Studies

The East Asian Studies Center offers an interdisciplinary master's degree in East Asian Area Studies. The program provides a wide range of language, cultural, social, historical, political and economic courses and faculty expertise; individual courses of study may be designed to meet both continuing academic and professional objectives. Students may concentrate primarily on one country (China, Japan, or Korea) or develop region-wide expertise through a combination of course work and the thesis project.

Director: David Kang, Ph.D., Professor of International Relations and Business
Tel: (213) 821-4319
E-mail: easc@dornsife.usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in East Asian Studies/Master of Business Administration

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.

Director: David Kang, Ph.D., Professor of International Relations and Business
Tel: (213) 821-4319
E-mail: easc@dornsife.usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers masters degrees in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean foreign language teaching, applied linguistics, literature, thought, religions, or area studies.

Director: Stanley Rosen, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science
Tel: (213) 740-2991
Fax: (213) 740-8409
E-mail: ealc@dornsife.usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in Economics

This degree is designed to prepared students for careers in teaching, research, industry, and government.

Chair: Geert Ridder, Ph.D., Professor of Economics
Tel: (213) 740-8335
Fax: (213) 740-8543
E-mail: econ@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in Economics/Juris Doctor

Students complete 92 units of law and economics course work, 4 units of which must constitute a thesis acceptable to the faculties of the USC Gould School of Law and the Department of Economics.

Chair of the Department of Economics: Geert Ridder, Ph.D., Professor of Economics
Tel: (213) 740-8335
Fax: (213) 740-8543
E-mail: econ@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in Economics/Master of Planning

The School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Department of Economics jointly offer a two-year program leading to both degrees.  

Chair of the Department of Economics: Geert Ridder, Ph.D., Professor of Economics
Tel: (213) 740-8335
Fax: (213) 740-8543
E-mail: econ@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in Economic Developmental Programming

This degree program is designed to provide advanced training in the basic tools of development programming and their application to practical problems of developing countries. The program is structured to enable well-prepared students entering in May to finish the following summer.

Chair: Geert Ridder, Ph.D., Professor of Economics
Tel: (213) 740-8335
Fax: (213) 740-8543
E-mail: econ@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in Environmental Studies

Designed for students who already have a good grounding in the natural sciences about central theories, concepts, and principles in public policy, this degree program provides specializations in global environmental issues and development; law, policy and management; and environmental planning and analysis. This program is only available to current USC students.

Director: James F. Haw, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
Tel: (213) 740-7770
Fax: (213) 740-8566
E-mail: environ@usc.edu

 

 

Master of Science in Geographic Information and Science Technology

This online program provides state-of-the-art training in geospatial technologies and the geographic concepts and methods embedded in them.Learn core science with real-world geopgrahic information systems (GIS) applications from leading research faculty and educators in 28 units, which can be completed in four semesters.


Director: John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology
Tel: (888) 907-5029 (US/Canada)
Fax: (213) 740-0056
E-mail: admission@uscgis.com

 

Master of Science in Geological Sciences

This degree is designed to prepare individuals for careers in industry and governmental areas in geological sciences.

Chair: Wil Berelson, Ph.D., Professor of Earth Sciences
Tel:  (213) 740-6106
Fax: (213) 740-8801
E-mail: earthsci@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in International Relations/Juris Doctor

The USC Gould School of Law and the School of International Relations jointly offer a three-year program leading to the J.D. and M.A. degrees.

Director: Robert English, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations
Graduate Staff Advisor: Luda Spilewsky
Tel: (213) 740-8629
Fax: (213) 742-0281
E-mail: ludas@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in International Relations/Master of Planning

The School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the School of International Relations jointly offer a three-year program leading to both M.A. and M.Pl. degrees.

Director: Robert English, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations
Graduate Staff Advisor: Luda Spilewsky
Tel: (213) 740-8629
Fax: (213) 742-0281
E-mail: ludas@usc.edu

 

Master of Liberal Studies

A multidisciplinary degree program, the Master of Liberal Studies is designed for motivated, college-educated individuals who wish to further their intellectual growth at the graduate level.  The degree can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.  Small seminar courses taught by distinguished faculty are offered in the evenings.

Director: Susan H. Kamei, J.D., Associate Dean, Advanced and Professional Programs
Student Services Advisor: Natalie Inouye
Tel: (213) 740-1349
Fax: (213) 740-5002
E-mail: mls@dornsife.usc.edu

 

Master of Science in Mathematical Finance

Designed for recent graduates in applied mathematics, physics and engineering, or for graduates in economics, business, and finance with strong mathematical backgrounds, this degree is for those who wish to pursue high-tech finance careers in financial institutions, industry, or government. 

Director: Michael Magill, Ph.D.,  Professor of Economics
Tel: (213) 740-2400
Fax: (213) 740-2424
E-mail: mathinfo@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in Mathematics/Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics

These programs' objective is to prepare students for research, teaching, and other professional careers in mathematics and applied mathematics, respectively.

Chair: Francis Bonahon, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics
Tel:  (213) 740-2400
Fax: (213) 740-2424
E-mail: mathinfo@usc.edu

 

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

This program is for individuals seeking or currently holding positions which involve mathematical applications, or for mid-career people wishing to improve their skills in applied areas.  Specific options include biomedicine, discrete mathematics, economics, finance and business economics, fluid dynamics, numerical analysis and computation, and systems and control.  Students also may design their own option to suit specific needs.

Chair: Francis Bonahon, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics
Tel:  (213) 740-2400
Fax: (213) 740-2424
E-mail: mathinfo@usc.edu

 

Master of Science in Statistics

The program is to provide individuals seeking or currently hold positions that involve statistical methodology and practice with instruction in statistical theory and applications to real-world problems. Some probability theory is included to provide a rigorous foundation. 

Chair: Francis Bonahon, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics
Tel:  (213) 740-2400
Fax: (213) 740-2424
E-mail: mathinfo@usc.edu

 

Master of Arts in Philosophy and Law

Director: Scott Soames, Ph.D., Professor of Philosphy
Tel: (213) 740-4084
Fax: (213) 740-5174
E-mail: philos@usc.edu

 

Master of Professional Writing

The program is designed for individuals pursuing writing as a career. Fields offered include fiction, screenwriting, TV writing, poetry, playwriting, and creative non-fiction.  Faculty members are successful writers whose experience in writing, publishing, and producing bring professional expertise to the classroom.

Director: Brighde Mullins, M.F.A.
Student Services Advisor: Natalie Inouye
Tel: (213) 740-3252
Fax: (213) 740-5002
E-mail: mpw@dornsife.usc.edu

 

Master of Science in Applied Psychology

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology teaches students psychological principles and research methods at the intersection of theory, research and practice in business settings. The purpose is to prepare students for careers in organizational psychology and consumer psychology. The M.S. in Applied Psychology is available both as a full-time residential program and as an online program.

Director: Ellen Leggett, Ed.D., Professor of Psychology
Tel:  (213) 740-2282
E-mail: appliedpsychology@usc.edu