PROGRAM PROFILE

Program Rankings — Geography, University of Southern California


Program Rankings

Survey Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on 2 measures of quality. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 50 Geography programs


Range of Rankings
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11-28

Regression Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Quality ranking (regression-based) out of 50 Geography programs


Range of Rankings
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9-29

GRE Scores
Source: NRC, 2003-2005

Average Quantitative GRE
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666

Financial Support and Tuition

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Source: IPEDS, 2009

All Students

FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$31,176
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$554
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$1,299

Application Fee

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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION FEE
$85

Living Expenses
Source: IPEDS, 2009

On Campus

ON-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$11,458
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$1,476

Off Campus

OFF-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$11,458
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$1,476

Type of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Types

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
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14%
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
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14%
FELLOWSHIP
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38%
TRAINEESHIP
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0%

First Year Support
Source: NRC, 2005

Data for full-time doctoral students in the fall of 2005


First year students with full financial support
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PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED FULL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
100%

Sources of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Federal Support

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
0%
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
5%
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (EXCEPT NIH)
0%
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
0%
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
0%
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
0%
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
0%
OTHER FEDERAL SOURCES
0%

Non-Federal Support

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
57%
FOREIGN SOURCES
0%
OTHER US SOURCES
5%
SELF SUPPORT
33%

Tuition Remission
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Tuition paid by 2000–2004 Geography doctorate recipients from University of Southern California


Median tuition remission

83%

Amount of Tuition Remission Granted

NO TUITION REMISSION
0%
LESS THAN 1/3 OF TUITION
0%
1/3 TO 2/3 OF TUITION
0%
MORE THAN 2/3 OF TUITION
100%

Graduate School Debt
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Debt for 2000–2004 Geography doctorate recipients from University of Southern California


Median graduate school debt
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$0

Outcomes for Recent Graduates

Degree Completion
Source: NRC, 2010

Time to Degree

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Median years required to complete a doctorate (full-time and part-time students)

6.8

Completion Rates

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Fraction of students completing a doctorate in 6 years

18%

Employment Outcomes
Source: NRC, 2006 & SED, 2000–2004

Quality Assurance

Program collects outcome data about all of its graduates

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA ABOUT ALL OF ITS GRADUATES
YES

Employment Stats at Graduation

Job / contract / definite commitment
80%
Negotiating with specific organizations
1%*
Still seeking
19%*
Other
0%

Type of Job

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Postdoc
0%
Educational institution (nonpostdoctoral position)
63%
Private sector
0%*
Government
0%*

Primary Job Responsibilities

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Research and development
38%*
Teaching
62%*
Management or administration
0%*
Professional services to individuals
0%*

Student Resources

Student Resources
Source: NRC, 2006

Overall Resources

NUMBER OF RESOURCES OFFERED (OUT OF 18)
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17

Health Insurance

STUDENTS RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE
YES

Structured Oversight

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA
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YES
ANNUAL STUDENT REVIEWS
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YES

Available Training

TEACHING SKILLS
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YES
PROPOSAL WRITING
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YES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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YES
WRITING
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YES
STATISTICS
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NO
RESEARCH ETHICS
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YES

Administrative Support

ORIENTATION
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YES
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
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YES
TEACHING / RESEARCH PRIZES
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YES
ON-CAMPUS CONFERENCES
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YES
TRAVEL SUPPORT
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YES
STUDENT WORK SPACE
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION SUPPORT
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION STAFF
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YES
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
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YES
DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE
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YES
PROGRAM COORDINATOR MEETING
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YES

Research Activity

Research Activity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Research activity ranking out of 50 Geography programs


Range of Rankings
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9-31

Research Activity
Source: NRC, 2006

Publications

PUBLICATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.5
CITATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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1.3

Grants

PERCENTAGE OF FACULTY WITH GRANTS
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77%

Awards

AWARDS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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1.4

Demographics

Diversity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on a measure of overall diversity. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 50 Geography programs


Range of Rankings
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1-1

Faculty Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Percent Female
FEMALE
36%

Percent Minority
MINORITY
4%

Doctorate Recipient Demographics
Source: GSS, 2007 and NRC, 2006

Sex
MALE
41%
FEMALE
59%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
68%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
32%

Race / Ethnicity
AFRICAN AMERICAN
5%
NATIVE AMERICAN
5%
ASIAN
5%
PACIFIC ISLANDER
0%
WHITE
45%
HISPANIC
9%
UNKNOWN
0%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
95%
PART TIME
5%

Demographics of all Graduate Students at the Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2007

Sex
MALE
55%
FEMALE
45%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
70%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
30%

Race / Ethnicity
BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN
4%
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE
0%
ASIAN
17%
WHITE
30%
HISPANIC / LATINO
8%
UNKNOWN
41%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
75%
PART TIME
25%

Program Size

Faculty
Source: NRC, 2006

Total faculty members
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11
Interdisciplinary faculty
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0%

Total Students
Source: GSS, 2007

Total
22
First year
1

Student-Faculty Ratio
Source: NRC, 2006

Graduate students per faculty member
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2.2

Graduate Degrees
Source: IPEDS, 2005-2009

2005–2009 Geography degrees from University of Southern California


Master's degrees/year

0.2

Doctoral degrees/year

2.4

Contact Information

Contact Information, Program
Source: NRC, 2010


Contact Information

Contact Information, Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2009


Phone

(213) 740-2311 ext. 2311


Location

University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089


*Value is missing. The value shown is based on the average for other programs in the same field. Learn more.

✝ Data are for all Geography degree recipients from University of Southern California and may include graduates from more than one program.