Admission to graduate programs is granted by the dean of the school conferring the degree. Correspondence with department chairs or individual faculty members does not constitute admission. Only a letter from the Office of Admission grants official admission.
The USC Application for Graduate Admission should be used by applicants to all programs except Dentistry, Law, Medicine, the master's degree programs in the Marshall School of Business and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. Applicants to these programs should obtain forms directly from the schools to which they seek admission.
Conditional AdmissionConditional admission is a status for those students who have not yet met all requirements for admission to full graduate status or who have not filed all relevant documents with the appropriate office of admission. Students admitted in this provisional status must satisfy all those conditions by the end of the first semester of enrollment.
For students whose conditions of admission require verification of first semester grades, permission to register for the second semester must be approved by the chair of the student's department. Permission generally will not be granted to enroll for a second semester for reasons other than unavailability of first semester grades.
Individual exceptions must be approved by the dean of the degree-conferring unit.
Doctoral Admission with Advanced StandingSome doctoral programs at USC admit students with Advanced Standing (entry with an appropriate completed graduate degree from an accredited institution). A minimum of 36 units of course work beyond that graduate degree, exclusive of 794 Doctoral Dissertation, will be required for the degree. Additional course work may be required if deemed necessary by the student's faculty.
A maximum of six units of transfer credit may be applied toward a doctoral degree program with Advanced Standing. Only course work taken following completion of the graduate degree supporting admission with Advanced Standing is available for transfer credit. No exceptions are allowed.