Learn more about the programs.
Learn more about the programs.
Most degree programs are designed to be completed in 5 consecutive semesters (6 units/semester), and can be completed in 20 months. The MS in Health Care Informatics program is a 37-unit program that can be completed in 24 months/6 semesters.
The degree you’ll earn as an online graduate student is the same as that earned by campus-based students. The online courses embody the same learning outcomes and high level of academic excellence, educational rigor, and content delivery.
Full-time and adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego and expert practitioners lead the instructional efforts of the online degree programs, ensuring the highest academic excellence. Review the faculty for each program at the links below:
The University of San Diego is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is approved for veterans.
The WASC Senior College and University Commission (“the Commission”) is a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid. Learn more about the importance of selecting a regionally accredited program.
Find out what it takes to become a student.
Admission requirements vary by program, but please be prepared to supply the following:
To view specific admission requirements by program click here.
You may apply to start your master’s degree program in either our Fall, Spring or Summer term.
Specific deadlines are published on our academic calendar.
Applications are processed on a rolling basis, which means the admissions committee will begin the review of your application soon after it is complete and all supporting documentation has been received. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible rather than wait for the published deadline to avoid any unexpected delays in tracking down official transcripts or requesting letters of recommendation.
Admitted students can petition for transfer credits/units of graduate coursework, up to 6 credits, taken within the last 5 years, from a previously attended regionally accredited institution. The M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership program provides additional opportunities for transfer credit beyond this 6 unit limit for graduates of California POST’s Command College and the FBI National Academy.
To ensure completion of the application packet for a specific semester, it is recommended that domestic applicants start the process at least two months from the deadline of the semester they wish to begin the program; and International applicants should start three months before the deadline.
If you do not meet all the admission requirements (for example, if your undergraduate GPA is below the stated minimum for the program) and would like ask for an exception, please allow extra time. You may be asked to provide additional support materials such as an essay as part of your application package to demonstrate your readiness to succeed in a graduate degree program.
Each applicant’s admissions packet is reviewed in its entirety. Any exception to meeting the admissions requirements is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. An Enrollment Advisor is available to address questions and concerns regarding your candidacy for the program.
Depending on your unique situation, you may be asked to provide additional support materials such as an essay as part of your application package to demonstrate your readiness to succeed in a graduate degree program.
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required for admission. A National accreditation is not recognized as an equal standard. If you received your undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited university, please work with your Enrollment Advisor to request an evaluation of your specific situation.
You can request to defer admission to your degree program for one year. For example, if you were accepted to the Spring 2019 term, you can request to defer your admission to as late as Spring 2020. Requests must be made via email.
The teaching experience requirement is defined as two academic years, full time. If you do not have this experience, talk to an Enrollment Advisor to help assess your teaching experience and its applicability for candidacy.
In order to maximize learning and effectively meet all program requirements, it is expected that candidates will have access to a classroom. An Enrollment Advisor can help address any questions regarding access requirements.
Understand the tuition, fees and intricacies of financial aid.
Tuition for USD’s master’s degree programs is based on a per unit fee. There are no additional fees for international students or non-California residents, since we are a private, tuition-based institution. Please visit each respective program page for the current per-unit tuition rate.
Students in our online programs will not pay any additional student fees such as health services, student association fees, etc. and are also not required to pay a deposit upon registration.
One of the University of San Diego’s highest priorities is to ensure that sufficient financial support is available to all eligible students. The first step in applying for aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. USD’s FAFSA School Code is 010395.
Visit USD’s Financial Aid webpage for a list of deadlines, requirements and instructions for applying for financial aid.
Note: only federal financial aid loans are available; no need-based or merit-based scholarships or grants from USD will be available.
Check with an Enrollment Advisor for the most current fees. The Application Fee is $45. Online degree students are not responsible for the following:
The University of San Diego offers two payment options to assist students in meeting the costs of education. Payment in full and an interest-free Monthly Payment Plan ($50 processing fee/term). Learn more about setting up a monthly payment plan.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information concerning deferral options, or by reviewing to the Federal Student Loan Repayment FAQ.
For students in the online graduate programs both courses must be dropped prior to the first day of the semester to receive a 100% refund, and within the first three days of the semester to receive a 95% refund. No refund will be provided after the third day of the semester.
Students requesting to withdraw after the third day of the semester must withdraw by week five of the course. Students will receive a grade of “W” and no refund will be provided.
USD provides support services throughout the entire program.
Career Services at the University of San Diego (USD) serves as a centralized resource for USD students, alumni and employers. Career Services can provide USD students with resources to support their job search. Your specific degree program may provide additional opportunities for career development and placement support.
Here at USD, you’re never treated like a number. From undivided attention with faculty to one-on-one admission and program counseling, our goal is to personalize your entire experience, surround you with support, and ensure your success. Read all about our Student Support, and follow the links below to meet the support team for each of our degree programs.
When you enroll, you will be assigned a personal Program Coordinator who will serve as your concierge, counselor and go-to person for all questions and concerns related to your program. You will also be provided access to our online Student Support Center, a helpful website of information specific to your degree program, and Degree Works, a portal that will help you track your progress toward graduation.
Online students have access to Copley Library’s online digital databases and other library resources, including the library’s reference services either by phone or email. If you are a local resident in San Diego and would like to participate in other benefits, talk with an Enrollment Advisor for the latest information for online student benefits.
Online courses are designed to be both rigorous and flexible for working professionals.
We make learning accessible and convenient for our students with structured online courses. Each course is designed for a 7-week term with prescribed due dates for each assignment.
Course assignments are asynchronous, which means you don’t need to log in on a specific day and time, but rather have the flexibility to complete your coursework on your time. Assignments are typically due every Monday, which gives you the weekend to work on coursework if you work during the week.
Our courses are administered through Blackboard. When you first login you will find all the information you’ll need to successfully complete the class, such as announcements, the syllabus, the course calendar, course materials, assignments, and exams.
Coursework, quizzes, and presentations are delivered via multiple formats, and students have ample opportunity to communicate with their instructor and one another within the Blackboard environment.
The following week’s lesson is typically posted three days prior to the start of the week, giving you the chance to get a head start on the assignments if your schedule permits.
Online classroom experiences can combine interactivity with multimedia-rich presentations in an instructor-led format that makes learning memorable and engaging. As an online student, you may interact with students worldwide. Chats, email correspondence, and discussion forums will help create a sense of community with your peers. You can access your course 24/7 on your computer at your convenience. The course site is your one-stop source to access all learning resources, syllabus, assignment details, and calendar. You will read and send messages, post to discussion forums and upload your completed assignments. Course instructors provide prompt feedback and are responsive to your questions. The online programs allow you to structure your time to suit your own educational needs while keeping you on pace for completion and success. Learn more about online learning by visiting our Course Experience page.
Students can expect direct support to learn and use the technical learning tools:
Technical Support – Online learners have helpdesk technical support access that is responsive and effective.
Program Advisor – Your Program Advisor will be your first point of contact for administrative support once you are admitted. In addition, a step-by-step guidance will be provided to prepare you for your first course.
Online Orientation Course – When you enroll in one of our online degree programs, you’ll be required to complete an Online Orientation Course prior to the beginning of your first class. This Orientation Course will help familiarize you with the technology as well as set your expectations for the coursework ahead.