Graduate Admission

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences combines the intimacy of a liberal arts school—enabling close faculty-student working relationships—with the breadth of a major research institution where internationally known scholars develop influential new ideas and inventions, and engage in ground-breaking research.

Graduate certificate, masters and doctoral programs within USC Dornsife are listed on the right, along with post-baccalaureate programs offered. Click on the links to access each program’s information. Please note that some graduate degree programs in USC Dornsife are Ph.D.-track only.

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Graduate & Professional Programs

American Studies and Ethnicity
  • Ph.D., Social Anthropology
  • Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, with a special emphasis on primatology.
  • M.A., Visual Anthropology. Courses in the theory and practice of Anthropology, digital technologies, and pre- and post-production. Students plan, shoot and edit an ethnographic documentary.
  • Certificate, Visual Anthropology. Interdisciplinary program, with training in digital video production provided by the USC School of Cinematic Arts; admission after completing Ph.D. qualifying exams.
Art History
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate, History of Collecting and Display (Open to doctoral students in Art History as well as to qualified graduate students in other USC departments.)
Biological Sciences
  • Ph.D., Human and Evolutionary Biology.
  • Ph.D., Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology.
  • Ph.D., Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
  • Ph.D., Neurosciences.
Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture
Creative Writing and Literature
Earth Sciences
East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • M.A. With concentration in East Asian Linguistics or East Asian Literary and Cultural Studies.
  • Ph.D. East Asian Languages and Cultures
East Asian Studies Center
  • M.A., East Asian Area Studies
  • M.A./M.B.A. Joint program, with the USC Marshall School of Business, for students whose primary interest is in the social sciences, law and business, within the context of East Asia.
  • See also East Asian Area Studies.
  • M.A., Economics
  • M.A., Economic Developmental Planning.
  • M.S., Mathematical Finance.
  • Dual Master of Arts in Economics and Juris Doctor. (Joint program with USC Law School.)
  • Dual Master of Arts in Economics and Master of Planning. (Joint program with the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Economics.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. (Joint program with the USC School of Pharmacy.)
Environmental Studies
  • M.A., Environmental Studies. (Interdisciplinary program spanning the social and natural sciences.)
Gender Studies
Geological Sciences
  • No graduate programs currently offered.
  • Ph.D. 26 fields of concentration, from Ancient and Medieval to Women and Gender.
Human Behavior
  • M.S., Master's of Human Behavior (MHB)
International Relations
  • No graduate programs currently offered.
  • Ph.D., Integrative and Evolutionary Biology (Interdisciplinary program that targets emerging areas at the interface of genomics, evolution and physiology), Biomedical Engineering, or Programs in Biomedical and Biological Sciences.
Liberal Studies
  • MLS Master of Liberal Studies.
  • M.S., Computational Linguistics (Joint program with Computer Science department.)
  • Ph.D. Emphasis in Hispanic, East Asian, or Slavic Linguistics.
  • M.A, Mathematics
  • M.A., Applied Mathematics
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics
  • M.S., Statistics
  • M.S., Mathematical Finance
  • M.S., Computational Molecular Biology
  • Ph.D., Mathematics
  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics
Marine Environmental Biology
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, with emphasis in marine biology. (Administered through the Department of Biological Sciences in USC College.)
Molecular and Computational Biology
  • Ph.D. Administered through the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Ph.D. Several areas of specialization available, including cellular and molecular neuroscience, with a new focus on neurogenetics; behavioral and systems neuroscience; cognitive neuroscience; computational neuroscience and neural engineering; and the neuroscience of aging.
Political Science
  • Ph.D., Politics and International Relations. (Joint program of the Department of Political Science and the School of International Relations.)
Professional Writing
  • MPW Master of Professional Writing.
  • Ph.D.
  • M.S., Master's of Human Behavior (MHB)
  • No graduate programs currently offered.
Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • M.A.
  • Ph.D., Linguistics with specialization in Slavic Languages. (See Linguistics.)
  • Certificate in Foreign Language Teaching. (For future language teachers concurrently enrolled in USC graduate degree programs in foreign languages or related subjects.)
Spanish and Portuguese