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Advanced and Professional Programs

3501 Trousdale Parkway
Taper Hall 355
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0355

Associate Dean: Susan H. Kamei, J.D.

The USC College Office of Advanced and Professional Programs administers the College multidisciplinary graduate programs not housed in traditional departments or units.

Master of Liberal Studies

(213) 740-1349
FAX: (213) 740-5002

Director: Susan H. Kamei, J.D. (Associate Dean, Advanced and Professional Programs)

A multidisciplinary degree program, the Master of Liberal Studies (M.L.S.) is designed for motivated, college-educated individuals who wish to further their intellectual growth and pursue graduate work part-time in the evenings. See here for course requirements.

Master of Professional Writing

(213) 740-3252
FAX: (213) 740-5775

Director: Brighde Mullins, M.F.A.

The program is designed for individuals pursuing writing as a career in fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, television writing and theatre. See here for course requirements.

Energy, Technology and Society Certificate

(213) 740-1384

Director: Mark Bernstein, Ph.D. (Political Science)

This multidisciplinary program is open to USC students pursuing graduate degrees in many disciplines including architecture, biology, chemistry, communication, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, geography, international relations, political science, public policy, sociology and urban planning. See Interdisciplinary Programs for course requirements.

Sustainable Cities Graduate Certificate

Director: Jennifer Wolch, Ph.D. (Geography)

This multidisciplinary certificate program provides USC master’s and doctoral students with a specialization in urban sustainability problems resulting from the growth of cities caused by natural population increase and massive rural-to-urban population flows. See School of Policy, Planning and Development for course requirements.