University of Southern California Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
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(4.05 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 771 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 43,871 (18,794 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 21% part-time, 79% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $44,013
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018

I love being a student at USC. I attend their Virtual Academic Center; which means I attend classes via webcam and phone conference. I really like that it is not your typical online school. I like that I have face to face contact with my professors and classmates. The support I receive from my advisers, coaches, and other teaching staff is amazing. Grad school, however, is not like undergrad school. It took a lot of time for me to get used to the amount of reading and writing. There are no tests or quizzes that test your knowledge of the material. Everything is written in a paper. The other thing I had to really get used to was group work. I am used to working alone in school, and prefer it that way. Social work is often done as a team; which is why group work is so important in this field. All in all, I am very satisfied with my school and my program. It is rather expensive however. I know I could probably find the same program with another, more affordable school, but I am not sure the quality of education will be the same. USC is a great school and I am proud to be a Trojan. Fight On!
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017

I just wish there was more financial aid other than loans. I keep hearing about endowments, but I suppose that money is only going to undergrad students. Other than that, I've enjoyed my studies so far, outside of the fact that I was not truly prepared for all the reading.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015

USC shows a commitment to serve the under privileged through out the entirety of their program. As a future educator, I appreciate being given the tools and resources to better help understand and serve my students.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

USC has a very well known Social Work program. The professors are very knowledgable and want their students to succeed.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

I have been attending USC's Occupational Therapy program for 6 months, and I thoroughly enjoy being a student in this prestigious establishment. The faculty offer support to the students in and outside of class, which shows they want all students to be successful. The courses challenge the students enough to be prepared for the "real world." With a focus on three practice immersions (mental health, pediatrics, and adult physical rehab), the students get full exposure of the role of the occupational therapist in these field areas.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

I have only just started this program and I am in love. The support system has been amazing from the very beginning during the application process. The biggest pro is that the program is now offered online. Even though I live in Southern California, I did not have to worry about moving. The online program is like being in the class on campus. It is very interactive and virtual. The program, like many graduate programs, did not offer much scholarships or grants. The program is one of the best in the country though, which made it very worth enrolling.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

I am taking my classes online and that is beneficial to me because I don't have transportation costs and I am able to have a flexible schedule. The cons are lack of employment opportunities through the school because I am not on campus or live in the state where the college campus is.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

I am enrolled in the Global Medicine Program at USC. The faculty are very passionate about the topics they teach and make sure that we, as students, are passionate about it as well. The entire USC community is very proud of our school and everyone strives to do well and represent USC. The only cons I can think of is that USC is located in unsafe neighborhood in Los Angeles and because it is a private university, the tuition is very expensive. Nonetheless, I believe my money is being used well since I believe the name will help me find a career.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

The PASA program at USC is a great bridge into the world of student affairs administration in higher education. My cohort consists of men and women from all over America (and one international student), who are diverse in socioeconomic status, LGBT identification, ethnicity, and desired fields. What I love most about the courses I take is that the material we learn from is relevant to the field, so much so that I am able to utilize one day's readings at work the next day. Outside of the classroom, there are great assistantship opportunities, all of Los Angeles to explore, and many planned social events through Rossier. I love PASA!
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

The University of Southern California's online MSW program is great for graduates who wish to study from their home. The quality of education is great, teachers and staff are easily accessible, and are truly a family. The only downside to the program is the cost; financial aid only offers Stanford and Grad Plus loans to cover the cost of tuition.
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