The faculty in your program have decided that youare one of the scholars who will open up an academic discipline to the vast possibilities of thefuture. The exploration of those possibilities is exactly what USC represents. We offer you all theknowledge, creativity, and insight of more than eighty doctoral programs and more than two hundredmaster's programs. The faculty and staff of the Graduate School are here to help you work towardyour goals as you shape your studies at USC. We wish you every success in your studies and in yourchosen profession.

- Sally (Sarah) Pratt Vice Provost for Graduate Programs

A Community of Scholars

Graduate students at USC are key members of the university’s community of scholars, contributing diverse viewpoints and fresh insights that will make a mark on the global context. The Graduate School values the contribution of every graduate student. By adhering to the highest ethical standards, you and your professors establish a positive environment for the open exchange of ideas across our diverse university community. Excellence in graduate and professional education is critically dependent on the exchange of scholarly ideas among an increasingly diverse community of faculty and students. The values that characterize these interactions include dedication to mutual respect, academic rigor and integrity.


Many resources are available to you as a USC graduate student. Among them are the Graduate Student Government, the official voice of the graduate and professional student body; your home program’s staff advisor andyour faculty mentor. For information about financial support, visit theUSC Financial Aid Office websiteand the Fellowships section of this site. If you encounter difficulties at any time during your graduate school career, please do not hesitate tocontactthe Graduate School for assistance. We are here to help ensure that you get the most out of your graduate program at USC.

Memo to Graduate Students on Proposed Federal Tax Changes

On November 15, 2017, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs Elizabeth Graddy and Vice Provost for Graduate Programs Sally Pratt sent USC graduate students a memo on proposed federal tax changes.The memo can be viewed here.