Career Changer

USC offers a wide range of exceptional graduate programs in rapidly expanding professions. Prepare to enter a new career that fuels your passions.

In private and public sectors organizations throughout the U.S., career opportunities are opening as technology and shifts in population influence create new business opportunities and objectives. Jobs in traditional fields such as teaching and social service are ever increasingly in demand; and new job paths utilizing analytics and data are emerging every day in nearly every type of industry.

Success Story: Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Ashley Rhodes-Courter

USC’s online MSW program seemed like the perfect fit for me since my professional life takes me all around the world…I’ve been able to attend classes from multiple states and countries, and I don’t know that I would have been able to complete a (traditional) graduate program given my current schedule.”

Featured Programs for Career Changers

Geographic Information Science (GIS)— Banking, real estate, retail, insurance, media and logistics—these industries and more use location intelligence to make smarter business decisions and improve the bottom line. The GIS program provides a common spatial language that connects data to geography, and people to place. Advanced spatial training leads to better decision making and improved communication, and provides a new way to look at the world around us.

Gerontology and Aging Services—online Master of Aging Services Management (MASM) prepares a knowledgeable and skilled workforce to successfully offer products, services and programs to older persons.

Library and Information Science—online Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program is uniquely designed to prepare professional librarians, educators and other information professionals with the practical leadership skills needed to manage libraries and information centers within colleges and universities, businesses, governmental organizations and in the digital world.

Public Administration—The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a professional education designed to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of a career in public management or in related public and private firms. USC Price is rated sixth overall among public affairs schools nationwide and ranks sixth for the public management/administration specialty, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Social Work—The University of Southern California School of Social Work is the first among elite research universities to offer its highly regarded Master of Social Work (MSW) degree online. Available nationally through our Virtual Academic Center, the MSW@USC engages students in various web-based learning activities and hands-on, supervised traditional field instruction in local communities where they live and work.

Teaching—Through USC Rossier Online, our academically rigorous Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs are delivered through a cutting-edge web-based Learning Management System that includes a highly interactive social networking platform. The virtual campus experience provides you with a unique blend of live, face-to-face class sessions; online self-paced coursework; and hands-on field-based teaching experiences.