College of Arts and Sciences is the historic core of the university and, with 31 majors, four masters programs, and 225 full-time faculty, is the largest unit on campus. The College is committed to providing students with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary education that echoes its liberal arts tradition and to support students with their academic programs and research aspirations. The intellectual disciplines within the College assist students in developing a coherent, integrated, and rich world view. All USD undergraduates take the College's core curriculum, which exemplifies the intellectual vitality of a liberal arts education. The quality of faculty and students is reflected in the 19 honor and professional societies which include Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board.
School of Business Administration develops socially responsible business leaders with a global mindset and a passion for innovation. The school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the top accrediting body for business schools globally. Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked the school 40th among U.S. undergraduate business programs and 14th among U.S. part-time MBA programs. Bloomberg Businessweek has also given the school's faculty A+ grade for teaching quality in seven consecutive ranking.
Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering offers a unique Bachelor of Sciences/Bachelor of Arts dual degree, the only one in the nation automatically earned by all graduates. Our curriculum emphasizes preparation for work in industry and the development of professionalism and values. Our students become innovators by participating in real-world engineering projects in such fields as alternative energy and health care technology. USD engineering was ranked 14th among non-doctoral engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is a premier private graduate school with a public conscience. The school has been ranked in the top 10 percent of graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report. Our faculty are internationally recognized in their fields and have extensive postgraduate research training. Faculty maintain vigorous programs of research and the school has been awarded the largest research grant in USD history. Our Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory is unique in the state of California and provides expert clinical training using cutting-edge technology. On a global level, our alumni are making a profound impact on health in high-level leadership positions in academic and clinical settings.
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies was founded in 2007 and works for sustainable peace and justice through innovative education, interdisciplinary scholarship, advanced practice and policy engagement. The master’s curriculum in Peace and Justice Studies is interdisciplinary and involves faculty from USD’s other schools as well as utilizing the school’s own core faculty, curriculum, dedicated facility and students. Areas of focus include conflict analysis and resolution, human rights, development and human security. Kroc School students also benefit greatly from the school’s two practice-oriented institutes – the Institute for Peace & Justice and the Trans-Border Institute.
School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs, Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and the world. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations. The school is a member of the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The Law School is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.
School of Leadership and Education Sciences prepares educators and leaders to serve a diverse society by focusing on human dignity and the quality of life. The school granted the university’s first degree, a Master's of Education, in 1960, and it established the nation’s first doctoral program in leadership studies in 1979. Our alumni are pioneers in fostering curricular innovation and teaching excellence. In 2009, USD's 60th anniversary year, the school was ranked among the top 100 universities in graduate education programs for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report.