University of Southern California

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Department:
Computer Science (Computer Security) Computer Science
Computer Science Computer Science
Computer Science (Multimedia & Creative Technologies) Computer Science
Computer Science (Software Engineering) Computer Science
Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering
Computer Science (Software Architecture) Computer Science
Computer Science (Technical Professionals) Computer Science
Cyber Security Computer Science
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Online and on-campus students are admitted according to the same criteria and receive instruction from the same faculty members. Online and on-campus class sections meet simultaneously and are seamlessly integrated. In our environment, “online learning” means technology-enabled campus classrooms custom-built to feature some of the most state-of-the-art technology available in online learning. Online sections have specific enrollment capacities to ensure proper academic support is provided.

School type Private
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in computer information technology programs 8
Concentrations offered
Computer Science
Computer Software and Media Applications
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer Engineering
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Graphics Design

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 39


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 53 full-time; 19 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 96% full-time; 74% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 40
Average experience teaching online courses 8 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 24 full-time; 62 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 43
Maximum class size 125

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Encouraged but not mandatory
Students enroll as online students Yes, but can apply to switch course enrollment to campus-based
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.5 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree 5 years

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