University of Southern California Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 772 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: 43,401 (18,810 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 22% part-time, 78% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $40,670
Source: NCES

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3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

Pro: Good program and network. Con: Bad location.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Neuropsychology
Graduation Year: 2016

The neuroscience graduate program is top-notch, and provides many opportunities to develop expertise in several sub-areas of neuroscience, ranging from molecular/cellular topics to higher cognition/networks. My education has been fantastic and the faculty is very helpful and accessible. USC also has many tools for networking and career development, including many workshops throughout the year. The amount of funding that students receive as part of their stipend is also reasonable despite the high cost of living in the LA area.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2019

Pros: work diversity, student population Cons: Busy faculty, lot's of work
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Nice campus, supportive staff, abundant library resources Cons: off-Campus safety is not so good.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

I appreciate that it is accessible as a virtual academy. I have been able to work and go to school. There is difficulty when it comes to doing group projects as group members could be from the east coast to the west coast. Class time could be a bit longer for the purpose of lectures and Q &A. Overall, the education that I have received as been great. If you are a working parent looking to further your education USC Social Work Virtual Academy is the way to go.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is diverse and it provides great clinical experience. The program is rather larger so it does not feel as intimate and I am not able to get to know all of my fellow cohorts.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013

I loved this school. Had a great education, was involved in Student Government. Great Great Great School.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: USC graduate programs on the Health Sciences Campus offers a plethora of opportunities to collaborate with labs across different fields. Researchers are willing to help their peers. As a result, there is an authentic feeling of camaraderie on campus, from grad students to PIs. For those who are interested in many research topics, USC PIBBS program is a great entry way to experience your top three through lab rotations during the first PhD year. There are ample opportunities for internal graduate student fellowships and workshops on applying for outside funding. If you want to work hard, but not die emotionally in the process, USC PIBBS is the graduate program for you! Cons: The surrounding area at the the Health Sciences campus is still under development. It is not a college town like UC Davis, nor is it embedded in a bustling downtown like NYU. There are no stores close by, therefore students tend to live in adjacent cities and commute into campus. As a result, the campus becomes deserted by 8 pm.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

Love love love this school. I feel like the online masters program is extremely good. I love the instructors and the course material. Very comprehensive.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

I believe the pros of my graduate program are that the professors are very well prepared, there's a strong support system, very diverse concentrations, among other things. The cons so far have been that the first semester work load has been a bit overwhelming and well it isn't relatively cheap.
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