Do you have conference travel expenses? Do you plan to transfer previous graduate coursework? Interested in doing an independent research seminar with a particular faculty member?
Directed Research 590/790Please notify the POIR Program Assistant as soon as possible about your intent to do a 590/790 to receive D-Clearance. A syllabus and signed contract must be submitted no later than the second week of classes.
Course Transfer RequestBefore submitting this form, students must obtain the field director’s approval for the course transfer. A separate form is required for each course you wish to transfer. Requests to transfer previous graduate work should be submitted no later than the second semester of study.
Conference & Travel Award RequestsStudents may apply once each academic year for travel funds. Applications should be submitted at least two months prior to planned travel.
USC Graduate School
Please contact the Field Director for any questions about the reading list.
American Politics: Morris Levy
Comparative Politics: Alison Dundes Renteln
International Relations: Brian Rathbun
Methods & Research Training: Tine Paulsen
USC has resources for academic accommodations, financial aid, and free software for students.
Please consult the links below for information on degree progress for the PhD, working as a TA/RA, and taking a leave of absence.
Health, Wellness, & Safety
The university has many resources to support student’s mental and physical well-being.
Find information on GLACIER, verifying your immigration status and degrees, setting up identification for tax purposes, and taking the ITA exam for teaching assistants whose native language is not English.
Research & Professional Support
Below are links to research resources in the libraries, databases of external funding sources, and support for writing, teaching, and academic success.
USC has partnered with National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity to provide curriculum and mentoring for PhD students and early career academics, including Dissertation Success, a publishing bootcamp, and a job market webinar. Register for a free account.
For those pursuing careers outside of the academy, USC has partnered with Versatile PhD to help you navigate the process.
At the university, the Graduate Student Government manages student resources and represents the graduate population at USC. In addition, there are many identity-based and interest-based organizations students can join.
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TA/RA payroll: Cathy Ballard (email@example.com)
Classroom Scheduling: Angie Guerrero (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reimbursements & Travel: Aurora Ramirez (email@example.com)
Maintenance & Tech Support: Edgar Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org)