The University of Southern California Online

TBS Staff Writers
Updated March 14, 2023
Southern California University Online is accredited by the Southern California Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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  • Ranked in the top 25 national universities by U.S. News & World Report
  • Home to over 4,000 faculty members boasting prestigious awards and accolades
  • Students may participate in a tuition deferment plan without interest
  • Online students have access to a student health insurance plan
  • Campus originally served as a military training camp, now exhibited in the school’s commitment to military students

University of Southern California Statistics

first–time freshman retention rate96%
Required Standardized TestsACT, SAT (undergraduate); GRE or GMAT (graduate)
StatusPrivate research institution
Acceptance Rate13%
Graduation Rate92%
AthleticsPAC–12 Conference, Division I
ColorsRed and gold

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A private research university based in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) serves a student body of more than 47,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Over 7,000 graduate students at USC take at least some portion of their courses online, with most of those students pursuing degrees exclusively through distance education. USC’s online offerings cater specifically to graduate students, with no distance learning opportunities available for undergraduates. However, USC online offers a wide variety of comprehensive graduate degrees, including programs in computer science, business, engineering, and law.

University of Southern California Accreditation, Tuition, & Admissions Info

Accreditation and Approvals

The University of Southern California is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many of USC’s online graduate programs also hold special programmatic accreditation. The master’s in nursing program, for example, holds programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the doctor of physical therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


Regular Session Graduate$1,666 per unit
Graduate Business$1,710 per unit
Graduate Cinematic arts$1,772 per unit
Graduate Engineering$1,774 per unit
Law Session$2,214 per unit
Pharmacy Session$1,693 per unit
Real Estate Development$1,847 per unit

*In–State and Out–of–State students pay the same tuition rates


For general admission to USC online graduate programs, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, submit scores for the GRE and/or GMAT, and demonstrate a high undergraduate GPA and academic achievement. Individual programs at USC have programmatic admission requirements. Applicants should check with their specific program to learn about additional materials and requirements for admission.

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USC Online Degrees Offered

The University of Southern California offers 117 online graduate programs, including 87 master’s, four doctorate, and 26 certificate options. This includes degree options in:

  • Business and Accounting
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Integrated Design, Business, and Technology
  • Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, Science, and Technology
  • Gerontology
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Health and Medicine
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Professional Studies
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work