About

A Leading Private Research University

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments.

The University of Southern California’s global online graduate programs expand educational access, while maintaining our all-important standards of academic rigor, integrity and quality. Online students benefit from the same renowned degree programs and demanding intellectual standards that establish USC as a premier private research university. USC currently offers over 100 programs online to more than 8,000 graduate and executive education students, and these offerings are growing all the time.

In a comprehensive new ranking, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked USC 15th among 1,061 public and private universities. Representing California, only USC, Stanford, and Caltech appear in the top 25, and among 150 colleges and universities in the western United States, USC ranks third. In student and faculty diversity, USC tied for second with Columbia among the top 25 nationally ranked universities.

USC is also ranked in the top 25 of National Universities in the US News and World Report:

top ranked School of Education

top ranked Graduate Physical Therapy program

2nd best Public Policy School

3rd best Occupational Therapy Program

Top Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs

2 Best in Online Graduate Engineering Programs

8th Best Online MBA Program

USC’s distinguished faculty of 4,000 innovative scholars, researchers, teachers and mentors includes five Nobel laureates, and dozens of recipients of prestigious national honors including the MacArthur “Genius” Award, Guggenheim Award, the National Medal of the Arts, the National Humanities Medal, the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and Pulitzer Prize.

Each USC online learning program is developed to meet the specific educational requirements of the academic discipline, the high standards of the university and society’s need for advanced professionals. While all of our online courses offer convenience and flexibility, courses also integrate virtual discussions with faculty and fellow classmates in real time.

USC has been connecting remote learners with the university’s dynamic curriculum and stellar faculty since 1972—before the World Wide Web even existed. Today USC still leads in the use of digital and immersive media technologies to enable the brightest students to access the highest level of graduate instruction, no matter where they are.