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Master’s Degrees

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 Economics

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

Chair: Joshua Aizenman, 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 Science in Geographic Information and Science Technology

In this science-based curriculum, students can tailor their coursework to best position themselves for long-term professional growth in the increasingly diverse occupations and disciplines that rely on geospatial technologies.The 28-unit online program includes three core courses, a choice of three electives, and a master's thesis, in which students design and execute an original, advance, independent investigation in their GIS field under the direction of a faculty advisor and committee. The program offers year-round courses and can be completed in as few as four semesters or 20 months. The USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute is a recognized world leader in online GIS education.


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

Directors: Michael Magill, Ph.D.,  Professor of Economics;
Tel: (213) 740-2400
Jin Mam Ph.D., Professor of Economics
Tel: (213) 740-3771
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: Erik Friedlander, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics
Tel:  (213) 740-2400
Fax: (213) 740-2424
E-mail: mathinfo@usc.edu

Master of Science in Spatial Informatics

In three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time, individuals with either a computer science or social sciences background can learn about spatial data and analytics across many domains where informatics skills can be applied to critical organization missions and real-world challenges. Faculty from the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Computer Science teach in this ground-breaking on-campus joint program.

Co-Director: John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences
Tel:  (213) 740-8298 (admissions and student services)
Fax: (213) 740-9687
E-mail: watsonke@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: Erik Friedlander, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics
Tel:  (213) 740-2400
Fax: (213) 740-2424
E-mail: mathinfo@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