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Master's Degrees

Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics

The M.A. degree program normally requires three semesters of graduate study; it is completed either by passing written comprehensive examinations or by writing a thesis. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/mathematics/

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

In both the M.S. in applied mathematics and M.S. in statistics, the degree is completed by a Master's Thesis on written comprehensive examinations in a selected area. The M.S. in statistics also has statistical consulting as a requirement. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/mathematics/.

Master of Arts in East Asian Area Studies

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. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/eascenter/masters.

Master of Arts in Economic Development 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. Admission procedures and requirements for this program are the same as the M.A. in Economics program. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/econ.

Master of Arts in Economics/Juris Doctor

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. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/econ or the USC Catalogue.

Master of Arts in Economics/Master of Planning

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. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/econ or the USC Catalogue.

Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology

The USC Dornsife online Master of Science of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) offers state-of-the-art core science and real world applications to prepare individuals for careers and opportunities in fields using spatial thinking and supporting geospatial technologies.  This program is one of the few online programs directly linked to an active GIS research lab.  The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, with start dates available in the fall, spring and summer semesters.  For more information, visit http://gis.usc.edu/, email admission@uscgis.com, or call 1-888-907-5029.

 

Master of Science in Applied Psychology

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology is designed for individuals who seek to apply psychology in a business context. The program offers concentrations in Organizational and Consumer psychology. Applicants generally should have a background in a behavior science field (Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, etc.), and broad or diverse backgrounds are considered an asset to the program. Applicants must have received their baccalaureate degree by the semester in which they begin the program. For more information, visit appliedpsychology.usc.edu.  The program is also available online with start dates in spring, summer, and fall.  Visit appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu.

Master of Arts in International Relations

Outstanding, intellectually mature undergraduate students who have clear professional goals in the field of international relations may complete requirements for both the B.A. and M.A. degree in International Relations in as few as five years by a progressive degree path. This accelerated 160-unit program is designed to provide superior students with analytical skills and functional expertise to help them move into professional careers in the public and private sector. Learn more from the School of International Relations

Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Biology

The Marine and Environmental Biology (MEB) masters program provides a rigorous, quantitative and focused introduction to the burgeoning fields and breadth of topics in marine environmental biology/chemistry, geobiology, oceanography, conservation biology and population dynamics (depending upon the concentration selected). Additionally, MEB provides students independent research experiences that satisfy their own specific interests. The program will prepare students interested in governmental and non-government (NGO) environmental regulatory science, and forge career pathways into private sector positions in environmental consulting and business. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/bisc.

Master of Science in Mathematical Finance

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. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/mathematical-finance/.

Master of Arts in Mathematics

The M.A. degree program normally requires three semesters of graduate study; it is completed either by passing written comprehensive examinations or by writing a thesis. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/mathematics/.

Master of Public Diplomacy

The Master 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. For more information, visit annenberg.usc.edu.

Master of Science in Statistics

In both the M.S. in applied mathematics and M.S. in statistics, the degree is completed by a Master's Thesis on written comprehensive examinations in a selected area. The M.S. in statistics also has statistical consulting as a requirement. For more information, visit dornsife.usc.edu/mathematics/.

Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology

Continuing the tradition of ethnographic documentary production at the Center for Visual Anthropology during the last 26 years (with more than 100 documentaries produced by students and faculty), this new program moves ethnographic film into the digital age. The new Masters Program is open to USC undergraduates majoring in Visual Anthropology and to students coming from any other institution who have a background in Visual Anthropology, ethnographic documentary production or cross-cultural visual studies. Read about the 2011 thesis projects.  For more information visit /anth/.

Learning Objectives for the Master's Degree

The M.A./M.S. degree programs at USC Dornsife require from two to six semesters of graduate study. These programs are completed by meeting the requirements of the coursework, passing written comprehensive examinations and/or by producing a capstone project (a Master’s Thesis is the most common form of capstone). Most students admitted to Dornsife’s Ph.D. programs qualify for their Master’s Degree, as there is broad overlap in requirements and objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate mastery in critically applying theories, methodologies, and knowledge to address fundamental questions in their fields of study at an advanced level, as evidenced by their academic performance in the program’s curricular requirements (graduate level coursework).
  • Students will have the ability at an advanced level to analyze both primary and secondary source reading by identifying the main arguments or thought, placing it in content, and interpreting it critically based on the logic and evidence presented.
  • Students will develop the ability to write and do oral presentations effectively for both specialist and general audiences with equal facility.
  • Students will exhibit an advanced level of knowledge in their chosen field as evidenced by passing their screening and comprehensive exams, and/or by a successful oral defense of a master’s thesis.
  • Students will have the ability to write clear and coherent prose, and make compelling and original arguments as demonstrated in a thesis, a treatise, or other type of capstone project.
  • Students will have the ability to apply key theories and concepts acquired during their studies, to issues facing them in their current profession or in the pursuit of a career within their field of study.