The Ph.D. community at the University of Southern California has a long standing tradition of diversity. In 1931, USC was the first institution on the West Coast to confer the doctoral degree on an African American.

A 2006 study published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, ranked USC first among members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) in number of doctoral degrees conferred to African American, Latino and Native American students.

The University is committed to fostering an inclusive community for all graduate students.

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