The MS in Global Medicine consists of 32 units, with tuition charged on a per-unit basis.
Please see the USC Course Catalog for up to date tuition and fee information.
I have a family vacation scheduled during a time when class is in session. Is that acceptable?
You are expected to attend all classes. If you must miss class, discuss in advance with your professor.
How do I get to the Health Sciences Campus?
Our office is located at 1333 San Pablo Street, MCA 144, Los Angeles, CA 90033. There are free shuttles that run from USC’s University Park Campus and from Union Station to the Health Sciences Campus. For more information about shuttle schedules, visit the USC Transportation webpage at for shuttle schedules, maps, and more.
Is this program online? Are online courses offered?
The Global Medicine program is currently being taught in an online manner due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to return to campus when it is determined to be safe to do so by local health and university officals.
If I graduate from this program, will I automatically be accepted to the Keck School of Medicine ?
No. Completion of our program does not guarantee automatic placement nor an interview for admission at the Keck School of Medicine. That being said, many of our alumni have gone on to apply and be accepted at the Keck School of Medicine based on their own merits.
If I graduate from this program, will I automatically be accepted to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC?
No. Completion of our program does not guarantee automatic placement nor an interview for admission at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. That being said, many of our alumni have gone on to apply and be accepted at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC based on their own merits.
Can I send you my transcripts / letters of recommendation?
In order for transcripts / letters of recommendation to be considered official, they must come straight from the institution or letter writer. If they touch your hands, they will not be considered official.
My GPA meets the requirements but my test score is just below the minimum. Can I still apply?
Contact the MSGM office to speak with an advisor and to see what might be right for your situation.
What are the advantages to doing the progressive degree?
The progressive degree offers current USC students an opportunity to earn both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the same time. Progressive degree applicants do not need to submit an MCAT, GRE, or DAT score and can also apply undergraduate coursework (400+ level science courses) to their graduate degree. Progressive degree students can waive up to 8 units with undergraduate courses, effectively reducing the amount of units required to achieve the degree to 24.
How does financial aid work for the progressive degree?
We recommend that you contact the Global Medicine office, so you can speak with a Progressive Degree advisor who will be able to discuss financial aid circumstances in more detail. Many students can use their undergraduate financial aid to finance most, if not all, of their Master’s degree.
How many units are required to apply to the progressive degree?
Students must have earned between 64 and 96 units since high school graduation in order to apply to the progressive degree program. AP units would not count towards that total; however, transfer units would count.
What are the components of the progressive degree application?
First, students must contact the progressive degree advisor in order to devise a progressive degree course plan. The course plan is signed and approved by both the undergraduate and the graduate departments. In addition to the signed course plan, students need to submit 2 letters of evaluation from USC Faculty. These letters do NOT need to be from professors in the sciences. Finally, students must submit a 1 page personal statement discussing their goals and motivations to pursue the progressive degree in Global Medicine.
My science GPA doesn't meet the minimum requirements for the progressive degree program. Can I still apply?
We recommend that you contact the progressive degree advisor in order to discuss your specific situation.
Am I guaranteed an opportunity to study abroad with the Global Medicine program?
We cannot guarantee every student will get to participate in an abroad experience, but we encourage all of our students to do so. The majority of GM students do take advantage of the opportunity to complete an abroad trip that counts as elective credit towards their degree.
When does the admissions cycle begin?
We accept students each Fall and Spring Semester. Please visit our Admissions page for the current MS in Global Medicine admissions deadline.