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University of San Diego Graduate Programs

University of San Diego is a private not-for-profit institution located in San Diego, California. The location of USD is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

1,061 Master's Degrees
300 Doctor's Degrees

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University of San Diego Rankings

We have ranked USD as #181 out of 1,069 colleges and universities in the country in our 2023 Best Colleges list.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

USD has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#88 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at USD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Medical Illustration & Informatics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Legal Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#108 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#120 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#136 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#151 Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards USD has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Other Psychology & Counseling Schools College Factual
#6 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#7 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools College Factual
#102 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#136 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual
#153 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

Where Is University of San Diego?


Contact details for USD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Phone: 619-260-4600

University of San Diego Graduate Student Diversity

3,332 Graduate Students
59% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,332 graduate students at USD, 41% are male and 59% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of San Diego graduate students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 336
Black or African American 196
Hispanic or Latino 736
White 1,612
International Students 107
Other Races/Ethnicities 345

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of San Diego. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 79 countries are represented at USD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of San Diego

788 Took All Classes Online
788 Took At Least One Class Online
14.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 788 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USD has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 18th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of USD

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time graduate tuition at University of San Diego was $25,192 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how USD is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Information Technology #61 #58
Medical Illustration & Informatics #64 #55

Online Growth Rankings of USD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of San Diego was 14.3%. This is the #698 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USD regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of USD majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 32%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at USD ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at USD.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Education #51
Curriculum & Instruction #159
Criminal Justice & Corrections #181
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #256

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of San Diego Graduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Law 0 0 227 227
Business Administration & Management 0 161 0 161
Nursing 0 89 58 147
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 131 0 131
Legal Support Services 102 0 0 102
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 97 0 97
Educational Administration 0 75 15 90
General Education 0 89 0 89
Curriculum & Instruction 0 70 0 70
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 56 0 56
Information Technology 0 40 0 40
Legal Research 0 38 0 38
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 32 0 32
Applied Mathematics 0 29 0 29
Mental & Social Health Services 0 26 0 26
Data Analytics 0 25 0 25
Taxation 0 20 0 20
Real Estate 0 16 0 16
Human Services 0 16 0 16
Accounting 0 13 0 13
Natural Resources Conservation 0 10 0 10
International Relations & National Security 0 9 0 9
Drama & Theater Arts 0 7 0 7
Teaching English or French 0 4 0 4
Legal Professions (Other) 0 4 0 4
Special Education 0 2 0 2
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 1 0 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 1 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0
History 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 102 1,061 300 1,463


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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