University of Southern California Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(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: 43,871 (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

3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

The only con I feel is the limited amount of financial aid for older students. The program itself is excellent. The work is thought provoking and the professors thus far have been great. I would recommend USC's program for MSW's to anybody looking to get their Masters in Social Work.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

There are numerous pros for this program. The flexibility, the availability of the books and professors, the quality of the classes themselves are all excellent. As for cons, I believe there should be a little more organization when it comes to USC's online classes. Sometimes it seems as if one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing because office A hasn't communicated with office B.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

My graduate program is one of the best in the field in Southern California but it is expensive and as a social worker, I will not make the kind of money to easily pay off my loans. The program is vigorous and the people are great but there are 2,000 of us and sometimes it is easy to feel a little lost. It is a great program and a great network but there are definitely pros and cons.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

So far the MSW @ USC program has been fantastic. The schedule has been easy to complete and still maintain a job in order to pay the tuition bills.
2.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

Great graduate program, but expensive university. However, great networking opportunities and professors are easily accessible.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

USC is a great educational setting for any type of Master's program. They welcome you into the Trojan Family and make you a part of the Trojan Networking family.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

USC is a great educational setting that welcomes every incoming graduate student. You instantly feel like part of the Trojan Family, which is a really great feeling.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013

 The pros of graduate program is the technology and the quality of study, The cost of education and lack of FA is a negative.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

USC is a fantastic school, you can't get around that -- specifically for my program at the School of Cinematic Arts, it is recognized as the number one program in the entire country. I'm honored to have been selected for such an extraordinary and wildly praised program. The network, the facilities, the career support and access to successful and working artists is the biggest pro of attending a USC School of Cinematic Arts program. It's a way to enter the industry but in a safety net, spend two years fine-tuning your writing and making connections and hopefully be on your way to your "Big Shot." Like any school, though, it has its pros and cons. One of the things to know about USC is that it isn't in the best neighborhood. The campus always feel safe and welcoming, but it's important to be careful and thoughtful about traveling at night alone. Los Angeles is of course an expensive city to live in and USC is located there so of course the cost of living is a bit higher than at other schools, but I believe for the value of the education you get and the kind of people you have the opportunity to work with, it's all worth it! Apply, apply, APPLY for scholarships, grants and fellowships and once you get past your first year, there are a ton of other fellowships that the school automatically considers you for based on your talents and strengths (demonstrated in your first year) and you have the opportunity to get assistantships and research-ships that include living stipends and tuition relief.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros of the journalism program are the network, education, diversity, etc. The con is the lack of affordability.
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