Welcome to Graduate Study at USC The University of Southern California is a uniquely diverse community of outstanding scholars, located in the heart of Los Angeles-a dynamic and globally significant center for technology, health services, communications and the arts. As a leading private research university, USC is actively engaged with an extraordinarily broad field of creative and scholarly activities; with more than 300 graduate programs offered by the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 17 professional schools.
Admissions and Financial Aid
For information about admission to graduate programs at USC, visit the Office of Graduate Admission website as well as the website of the school or department to which you are applying. For information about financing your graduate education, visit the USC Financial Aid Office website.
All new graduate students are invited to participate in Graduate Orientation. Topics covered include campus services, academic resources, and public safety. Your school or department may offer a separate orientation program geared to the specific concerns of your field of study.

International students are required to participate in new graduate student orientation.

The Graduate School aspires to establish USC as the research university in the United States with the greatest percentage of women and American Ph.D. students of color. For more information, see Diversity in Graduate Education. Applications are welcomed from all interested students holding a bachelor’s degree, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.
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