Academic Units

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences is the historic core of the university and, with 28 majors, four masters programs, and 188 full-time faculty, the largest unit on campus. The newest major, architecture, approaches the profession from a humanistic perspective. All USD undergraduates take the college’s core curriculum, which exemplifies the intellectual vitality of a liberal arts education. The quality of our faculty and students is reflected in the college’s 22 honor and professional societies which include Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board.

School of Business

School of Business develops socially responsible business leaders with a global outlook 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. Business Week has ranked the school 28th among U.S. undergraduate business programs and 26th among U.S. part-time MBA programs. Our MBA program also was ranked 21st in the world for integrating social and environmental issues by the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes study.

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

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 26th among non-doctoral engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is a premier private graduate school with a public conscience. The school has developed an impressive global network of clinical partners, preceptors and granting agencies, and it has been ranked in the top 10 percent of graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report. Our Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory, unique in the state of California, provides most of our students with approximately 25 percent of their clinical experience.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies strives to advance a world view of peace as human development. Since its 2003 launch, the school has placed 70 new peace-builders in the field and positioned itself as a global proponent of peace as a growth profession. The school has become a nexus of interdisciplinary dialogue and engagement for peace advocates from many sectors. Its newly revised Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies prepares students to foster peace in many of the world’s conflict-ridden regions.

School of Law

School of Law is a national leader in preparing future lawyers to be skilled attorneys, effective advocates, and socially responsible practitioners. The school is a member of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of U.S. law schools. U.S. News & World Report has ranked our tax faculty sixth in the nation. Our first-year students have an average LSAT score in the 89th percentile. Our alumni score higher than the state average as first-time takers of the California Bar Exam, one of the most difficult in the country.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

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 program for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report.

Helen K. and James S. Copley Library

The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, currently houses over 500,000 volumes. Collections include books, journals, reference works, databases, government documents, newspapers and electronic journals in many languages, as well as maps, videos, sound recordings, microforms and rare books. Library faculty with subject specialties offer extensive reference, research and instructional services. The libraries at USD are members of the San Diego Circuit Library Consortium, which maintains a database linking university libraries in the region. Through this consortium, USD students and faculty can easily access library materials from other campuses.

Professional and Continuing Education

The division of Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) supports career advancement and change through professional development programs and online degrees. Through PCE, USD offers: more than 600 affordable, high-quality professional development and continuing education courses, programs and certificates with no application requirements; convenient online and classroom schedules, certificate credential and graduate-level extension credits; small classes sizes, customized private and group professional development; and corporate training and accessible online graduate degrees.

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