The following provisions govern acceptance
Criteria: Admission to regular graduate status ordinarily requires possession of a bachelor's degree, a GPA of at least 3.0, one or more courses in undergraduate statistics and/or college algebra, and three letters of recommendation. The Graduate Record Examination is also required and international applicants must also submit their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Admission is highly competitive with approximately six to eight students who enroll each year from the available pool of applicants. Each application receives careful attention and is judged in terms of the full set of criteria.
A limited number of graduate course units taken elsewhere may be considered for transfer into the graduate program. These units are transferred on a course-by-course basis.
When applying for gradute admission, please follow the steps below:
REQUIRED - Submit the following to USC Graduate Admissions online application:
REQUIRED - Submit the following to USC Department of Sociology:
Most admissions for graduate study are for "regular" status. On occasion, however, an applicant may be admitted on "conditional" status so that some deficiency can be removed and proficiency demonstrated. When this occurs, up to 12 units of specified performance in graduate or undergraduate course work may be required and/or steps must be taken in order to qualify for acceptance as a "regular" student.
Completed applications must be submitted to the university by December 1st. All applications received by December 1st, will be considered for selected university fellowships.
We strongly encourage applicant to apply for external funding. Below are a few options:
Complete details on courses of instructions and degree requirements may be found in the University of Southern California Catalogue.