Take your academics and career to the next level with graduate school.

Learn more about how graduate school can affect your professional trajectory and lifestyle to make the best decision for your future.

What is graduate school?

A division of a university that offers focused programs of study that go beyond the bachelor’s level

Offers advanced degrees such as master’s and doctoral degrees

Can host both academic or professional programs, usually related to a particular discipline

Is graduate school right for you?

Deciding whether or not graduate school is right for you depends on several factors. Some questions to ask yourself are:

Why do I want to go to graduate school?

Is graduate school really necessary to achieve my professional goals?

What is the potential return on investment (ROI) for attending graduate school?

Would I be better off postponing graduate school and getting work experience first?

Do I need an advanced degree to further my career?

Do I have the time, money and energy needed to invest in graduate school?

Have I considered all options before making a commitment?

Have I carefully researched the programs and department I am interested in applying to?

How will I finance graduate school?

Pre-Graduate School Advising

Serves all current students and alumni who are considering graduate schoolHeadline

Offers a wide variety of advising services to guide you through the academic and administrative processes

Advisors support you on an individualized basis

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Get help from a Career Advisor.

Our Career Advisors are not only well-versed in career and internship knowledge, but can help you explore graduate school programs and the process of how to apply. Schedule an appointment to meet with one of the Career Advisors or join us for drop-in hours.


Earn credits toward a Master’s Degree while completing your Bachelor’s Degree at USC.

The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) gives continuing USC undergraduates another path to earning a Master’s degree from USC. Take advantage of the ability to take graduate-level classes during your senior year, and reduce the number of units required for you to earn a Master’s Degree.
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Published on August 9th, 2016

Last updated on September 15th, 2020