The University of Southern California (USC) opened its academic doors in 1880 during a time where most conveniences such as telephones and electric lights were practically unheard of. It is recognized as the oldest existing independent teaching and research university in the west. Based on the 2010 US News and World Report Ranking, USC occupies the 23rd place among the top universities in the US. It has also been recognized for being a leader in international student enrollment for nine (9) consecutive years.
USC is comprised of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Accounting, Architecture, Business, Communication and Journalism, Law, Medicine, Music, Pharmacy, Policy/Planning and Development, and Social Work. It is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Most of its online programs are offered by the Continuing and Professional Studies Department to busy professionals although the schools and colleges of the university offer specific online programs as well.
Online courses are offered through a virtual classroom or through an archived “on-demand” lecture. The online offering of USC mostly consists of short courses, learn and travel courses, blended short courses and symposiums. Examples of these courses are the Effective Negotiation and the Power of Persuasion, Executive Communication and Business Writing, Complications Associated with Implant Therapy, and Understanding Finance and Accounting, among others. Some of the online programs offered at the graduate level include MA in Teaching, MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MA in Teaching with Teaching Credential, MS in Geographic Information Science and Technology, and the Master of Social Work.
Financial aid is provided through grants, graduate assistantships, fellowships, and payment options. Individual schools and colleges provide their own admissions requirements which have to be complied with by applicants before being admitted to the chosen online program. Tuition rates vary.