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Military Students at USC

Military experience is the basis for your next success.

USC has a long history of supporting the United States military and veterans, going back to World War I, when our campus served as a military training school.

From those days to today, USC has developed into a leading institution for innovative military strategies, technologies, academics, training, and support. USC’s online degree programs have become a key part of that legacy.

Our online programs give students the freedom to take world-class higher education courses with the same level of academic rigor, professors, and opportunities as our on-campus classes, and we work with you to make sure that you can be successful whether at home or abroad.

Success Story: Major Mike Nicholson


When 39-year-old Army Maj. Mike Nicholson applied for admission to the online Master of Communication Management (MCM) program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, he knew he might soon receive orders to deploy to Afghanistan. Major Nicholson completed his degree in 2013 while on active duty in the U.S. Army.

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Featured Programs for Military Students

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.

Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence

The online MS in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence provides a set of viable tools for graduate-level planning and leadership on future human security and GEOINT work within the United States Department of Defense, State Department, related U.S. support and non-governmental agencies, and within comparable international organizations. The program gives graduates the skills and expertise to lead and manage new initiatives in the rapidly shifting landscape of GEOINT applications, data collection systems, analytic methods, and mission support.

Military Social Work

The Military Social Work sub-concentration of the online Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students to care for service members, veterans and their families, helping them cope with the stresses of military life. In addition, students learn how to help community-based agencies identify and serve military populations in their community.

Cyber Security

The Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to administer environments which require high levels of information security, both from the standpoint of the principles of information protection and the role and application technology has in meeting the goal of information protection.

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.

Online Master of Business Administration

USC Marshall’s OMBA program leverages the most advanced online learning tools to prepare students for leadership roles in today’s global, technology-driven business world. The OMBA’s integrated MBA curriculum provides online learners not only with essential knowledge about core subject areas including marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, but also with a holistic understanding of how these disciplines fit together in an organization. Students from a diverse array of professional backgrounds learn from each other and from the same distinguished faculty members who teach Marshall’s on-campus courses.

On Campus: Master of Business for Veterans

USC also offers an on-campus graduate degree in business specially designed for veterans: the Master of Business for Veterans (MBV). The Master of Business for Veterans (MBV) degree is a fully accredited graduate degree awarded by USC Marshall School of Business that was created specifically for military veterans, active duty and reserve personnel. The program is designed to leverage the management and leadership experience already gained during military service. The MBV provides formal business knowledge and develops critical thinking skills. Participants will discover the transferability of military experience and skill sets to the business environment, as well as the ability to launch, manage and grow a business. This 10 month program is completed in just two semesters and provides an understanding of all business disciplines.