PhD Program - Application Information:

Application Deadline:

Fall Semester - December 15th.

*Please note: The Computer Science Department does not accept applications for the Spring semester.

How to Apply:

Complete and submit the electronic USC Graduate Admission Application.

Required Documents:

Required documents to be submitted with the online application:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Minimum of Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Any published papers, research reports, etc.

Please note: The Department of Computer Science does not accept hard copies of recommendation letters, personal statements, resumes or any other supporting documents. We will not be able to upload documents to your application.

Required documents to be submitted directly to the USC Office of Admission:

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • TOEFL scores, If applicable : Institution Code: 4852
  • GRE scores : Institution Code: 4852
    • USC has issued a temporary waiver of the GRE score requirement for students applying to graduate programs in Fall 2024.

The above documents should be sent directly to the USC Office of Admission at the following address:
USC Office of Admission
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, California 90089-0915
If you use a courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, send your material to this address:
University of Southern California
USC Office of Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915



For questions about general admission process, please email the Ph.D. advisor at:
Due to high volume of Ph.D. applications we are not able to answer status or decision questions over the phone or email. The department will contact you directly if you have any missing application materials.

Published on June 14th, 2016

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023