USC Signature Programs

From worldwide collaborations with peer institutions to experiential opportunities and online education, USC leads the way in breaking down geographic boundaries to promote scholarship around the globe with a variety of unique signature programs.
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World Bachelor of Business - USC Marshall School of Business Signature Program

“What really matters here is experience. More than knowledge. WBB is the perfect transition from theoretical knowledge, home, and schools to practical skills, globalized world, and work. It prepares you to face what’s next.” -Giulia Savino, ’18

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USC Global

“What really matters here is experience. More than knowledge. WBB is the perfect transition from theoretical knowledge, home, and schools to practical skills, globalized world, and work. It prepares you to face what’s next.” -Giulia Savino, ’18

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USC Marshall School of Business

In partnership with Bocconi University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, this bold new direction in higher education enables students to study at three top business schools in major economic and cultural zones, earning a bachelor’s degree from each institution and emerging ready for success in the fast-moving global economy.

iPodia Alliance - USC Viterbi School of Engineering Signature Program

“The inverted classroom really opens up a lot of additional opportunities for learning. There are communication challenges, cultural challenges… but I definitely think the world would be a better place if more people were to embrace the iPodia style of learning.” -Stephen Collins, ’13

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“The inverted classroom really opens up a lot of additional opportunities for learning. There are communication challenges, cultural challenges… but I definitely think the world would be a better place if more people were to embrace the iPodia style of learning.” -Stephen Collins, ’13

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USC Viterbi School of Engineering

This international consortium of leading higher education institutions uses iPodia, a new pedagogy of interactive, inverted and international education, to create a true “classrooms-without-borders” paradigm around the world. The USC-led iPodia Alliance counts among its charter members Peking University, National Taiwan University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, India Institute of Technology – Bombay and RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

USC Signature Program: USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry (ICCI) - USC Marshall School of Business and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

“This unique collaboration between two world class institutions in the creative capitals of the US and China is accelerating the development of China’s creative industries.” -USC Vice President Anthony Bailey

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“This unique collaboration between two world class institutions in the creative capitals of the US and China is accelerating the development of China’s creative industries.” -USC Vice President Anthony Bailey

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USC Marshall School of Business and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Established by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in collaboration with USC in 2015, ICCI cultivates innovative talent, research, and services for China’s creative industries.

USC Signature Program: Dual Degree in Global Communication - USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

“Between the incredible USC Annenberg faculty and staff, the wondrous networking opportunities available for students, and the state-of-the-art learning facilities, USC Annenberg truly culminates a learning environment where students and faculty can work collaboratively to achieve lasting, global change.” -Jonell Yablonski, ’16

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USC Global

“Between the incredible USC Annenberg faculty and staff, the wondrous networking opportunities available for students, and the state-of-the-art learning facilities, USC Annenberg truly culminates a learning environment where students and faculty can work collaboratively to achieve lasting, global change.” -Jonell Yablonski, ’16

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USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

The USC Annenberg School and the London School of Economics & Political Science dual master’s degree program enables students to study in two of the world’s global media capitals. Students will have access to experts in new technology, global media, international telecommunications and media studies. As professionals with a global perspective, graduates will have the opportunity to play a powerful role in redefining the way the world communicates.

China Initiative - USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Signature Program

“We can use the power of meaningful occupation and [the] principle of adaptation to help us bring Occupational Therapy to China.” –Yijun Liu, China Initiative Scholar & Post-Professional OTD ‘19

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“We can use the power of meaningful occupation and [the] principle of adaptation to help us bring Occupational Therapy to China.” –Yijun Liu, China Initiative Scholar & Post-Professional OTD ‘19

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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

In partnership with Peking University, the USC Chan Division’s China Initiative seeks to improve the standards for the educational preparation of, and the clinical care provided by, occupational therapists in China.

Global Executive Doctor of Education - USC Rossier School of Education Signature Program

“I wanted to broaden my perspective in higher education on a global scale and learn from classmates who are from different countries, and that’s what this program did.” -Katerina Kulagina (Assistant Dean, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies), Global Executive EdD ’14

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USC Global

“I wanted to broaden my perspective in higher education on a global scale and learn from classmates who are from different countries, and that’s what this program did.” -Katerina Kulagina (Assistant Dean, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies), Global Executive EdD ’14

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USC Rossier School of Education

The Global Executive Doctor of Education (Global EdD) program prepares senior educational leaders, policy makers, administrators, and change agents for the challenging task of improving individual and national education outcomes through strategic use of policy, innovative practice and assessment. The Global Executive EdD stresses the examination of educational solutions from around the world as participants work with their own local challenges.

USC International Artist Fellowship

“Never before have art, creativity, and self-expression been more relevant to our lives as ways to make visible the everyday, celebrate diversity, and connect us to others.  The USC International Artist fellowship encourages talented young artists from increasingly influential regions of the world to shape that vison, taking account of global context.” -USC Provost Michael Quick

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“Never before have art, creativity, and self-expression been more relevant to our lives as ways to make visible the everyday, celebrate diversity, and connect us to others.  The USC International Artist fellowship encourages talented young artists from increasingly influential regions of the world to shape that vison, taking account of global context.” -USC Provost Michael Quick

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The program supports emerging creators in any of USC’s preeminent arts schools — Architecture, Cinematic Arts, Fine Arts, Music, Dramatic Arts and Dance — as they add their voices to artistic dialogues across nations that reflect the cultural diversity of our increasingly interconnected world. Special focus is on the rapid ascent of nations of the Pacific Rim, Latin America and Southeast Asia.