Schools & Academic Units

As USC prepares our students to change tomorrow’s world for the better, our wide-ranging schools and disciplines offer opportunities to challenge old ideas and make new connections.

One of the top pharmacy schools nationwide, USC Mann continues its century-long reputation for innovative programming, practice and collaboration. It is transforming the face of pharmacy by leading the convergence of science, healthcare and policy. Its programs span the entire pharmaceutical continuum—from discovery and development to regulation and from translation to patient care and outcomes.

USC Annenberg uses journalism, communication, public diplomacy and public relations to deepen our understanding of the world around us, to reinvent how we engage with our community, and to advance the future of our fields.

USC Bovard College’s focus is on creating a new kind of learning experience – one that enables you to access some of the most influential minds in your profession and engage with them in real time. It assembles knowledgeable, industry-insightful faculty, who are keenly aware of the skills employers are looking for in their new hires and those they promote.

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is the academic core of the University of Southern California. Its diverse community works across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, exploring fundamental questions about who we are, how the world works, and what we can do to improve and enrich society.

The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy is committed to transforming how we prepare the next generation of physical therapists to deliver the highest level of care to society. With its longstanding leadership in the field, it is uniquely positioned to develop innovative solutions that integrate our strengths in research, education and clinical service. By leveraging these assets, it can create new value for students, patients and people everywhere.

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance expands upon USC’s unique signature as a world-class research institution with a deep commitment to the arts. With its enterprising vision for arts education, USC Kaufman is at the forefront of developing dancers, choreographers, and dance leaders for the future.

USC Gould is an elite law school committed to academic excellence. Its success is comprised of a world-class faculty, a close-knit and diverse student body, a well-situated campus, an interdisciplinary curriculum, and a supportive alumni network.

The mission of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC is to provide education, scholarship, and outreach that improves oral, dental, craniofacial, and general systemic health and well-being locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Iovine and Young Academy’s mission is to empower a diverse generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs through an integrated learning framework that cultivates the innate human abilities for complex unbridled creativity. Fueled by academic rigor, high quality mentoring, and diverse communities, students develop a powerful mindset to analyze challenges and synthesize information for driving human-centric and technology-enabled sustainable and equitable futures.

At the Keck School of Medicine of USC, it is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and society by promoting health, preventing and curing disease, advancing biomedical research and educating tomorrow’s physicians and scientists.

The mission of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is to promote healthy aging for diverse individuals, communities and societies through leadership and innovation in research, education and practice.

The Leventhal School of Accounting is an innovator in the areas of accounting education and research. Its faculty design programs for a rigorous educational environment at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral program levels. It is committed to creating knowledge and sharing it through leading publications and symposia.

USC Marshall integrates its core curriculum with a spectrum of hands-on learning opportunities so that our students can take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world, in real time. In the process, they learn more about themselves, the dynamics of teams, and the broader societal context in which business operates.

Through innovative research, education and clinical practice, the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy optimizes people’s engagement in the ordinary and extraordinary activities of life.

USC Roski features an open approach to art that allows for both the integration and overlap of a number of artistic fields, as well as opportunities for cross-discipline research and collaboration at 18 professional schools at USC, one of the world’s leading research institutions. This gives students the extraordinary ability to seek a wide range of paths and to customize their degree in a way that’s as individual as they are.

At USC Rossier, we work to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy. We work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes in urban settings and to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups.

From a foundation of rigorous research and inspired design, USC architects and scholars move fluidly from theory into practice. Embedded in one of the nation’s most respected research universities, the School nurtures an environment in which students and faculty collaborate across disciplines. The result of this multidisciplinary approach to practice is that USC Architecture graduates are uniquely equipped to tackle the complexities of the built environment and bring new meaning to a tradition of great design.

Since its founding in 1929, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has served as a dynamic crucible where students and faculty transform their dreams into the new philosophies, technologies and artistic movements that influence how we entertain, educate and express ourselves. At the heart of their success is the knowledge and experience gained from the school’s unique and time-tested philosophy of forging a nexus where cinematic theory and practice meld with one another.

At the USC School of Dramatic Arts, it fosters the talents of artist-scholars who are dramatically different – who are willing to imagine the future of the entertainment industry and bring it to life. Students at the USC School of Dramatic Arts arrive with enormous potential which we nurture and empower through an interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial education that helps them develop the skills necessary to discover their unique voice.


The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has sought to improve the quality of life for people and communities through path-breaking research and scholarship. Solving societal issues of such complexity requires not only great minds but also great action. USC Price fosters collaboration and partnerships to better understand problems through varied perspectives.

The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work champions social justice for the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through innovative teaching of evidence-based practice and practice-based skills, pioneering transformative research, and cultivating leadership for social change.

The USC Thornton School of Music prepares students for successful careers in the 21st century. By blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the intellectual ambition of a leading research university, students excel as elite artists, performers, educators, and professionals while taking classes in other schools at USC. They often add a double major or a minor, and learn from world-class faculty and students outside music. 

Founded in 1905, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is named for Andrew Viterbi who developed an algorithm to connect the world’s citizens. USC Viterbi is a pioneer in restoring sight to the blind; restoring memory to sufferers of Alzheimer’s; and socially assistive robots to aid seniors with stroke or children with autism. It is the home of the first operational quantum computing center in academia.