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University of San Diego

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)



The original chapter of the University of San Diego was written on a brisk early winter afternoon in December of 1949, when local dignitaries joined Bishop Charles Francis Buddy and Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill for a groundbreaking ceremony atop a wind-swept mesa overlooking the burgeoning San Diego cityscape.


Academic departments across the university have developed comprehensive assessment plans that identify outcomes for student learning, summary analyses of student performance and plans for improvement to achieve short-term and long-term goals. Faculty can access guidelines, templates and samples to help guide them in this process by consulting with their department chairs for assessment planning.

Institutional Learning Outcomes at USD are the layering of USD’s core values, program-learning outcomes, and undergraduate and graduate learning outcomes. Student learning outcomes assessment is the most direct way to gauge student success in curricular and co-curricular programs. Assessment of these outcomes occurs at various points throughout a student’s program of study.


Centers and Research

  • Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research
  • Manchester Family Child Development Center
  • Mobile Technology Learning Center


The Career Development Center supports and guides students to develop and achieve career goals that lead to meaningful lives.

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University Ranking

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Student services

  • Career Development Center
  • Center for Student Success
  • Counseling Center
  • International Studies Abroad
  • One Stop Student Services
  • Tutoring Resources
  • Undergraduate Student Research

Housing services

The Camino/Founders complex features two connected buildings, separated by gender, on the west end of campus that were originally built for the San Diego College of Women in the early 1950s. Student residences exist on the second floor, while classrooms occupy the second floor, of these two-story buildings. Camino Hall is our All-Male accommodation, whereas Founders is All-Female.

Their unique design provides most rooms with a view of the beautifully landscaped courtyards. Residents share communal bathrooms with individual "Johnny-Squares" assigned to each room. The rooms accommodate two, three or four residents.

Library services

The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, currently houses over 500,000 books, 6,000 media items, and subscribes to over 2,500 print journals and 125 online databases which provide access to more than 18,000 journals electronically. It also houses the university's media software collection, including video and audio tapes, DVDs, and Cds.

ICT services

Student Technology Resources:

  • Entertainment Devices
  • Dorm TV Channels and Phones
  • Schedule Appointment
  • On-Campus Printing
  • Available Software
  • Computer and iPhone Repair
  • Equipment Checkout
  • Computer Labs
  • Connect! (WiFi and More!)
  • Training Workshops and Tech Events
  • Student Technology Highlights
  • Security

Medical services

The Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (CHWP) works to increase students' knowledge and facilitate their motivation to change unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol and other drug (AOD) use through educational opportunities, outreach events, individual and group services, campus-wide programs and research initiatives to enhance student wellness.

Student Life

Campus life

Our Campus

  • Private, Catholic Institution. Coeducational. Residential. Independent.
  • 180 acres perched on a pristine canyon – easily navigable, pedestrian-friendly
  • Beautiful 16th century Spanish Renaissance architectural style
  • Beaches, mountains, downtown and the Mexican border – all within a short drive

Sports facilities

Men's Sports :

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student clubs

USD has a variety of clubs based on multiple interest areas such as:

  • Academic and Professional 
  • Changemaker Organizations 
  • Multicultural Organizations 
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life 
  • Religious Organizations 
  • Special Interest Organizations 
You can find on the site a list with all of them and how to get in touch.


Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1956

Student Reviews

Changemaker Undergraduate Experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

USD small size and dedication to academic excellence provides students with an individualized undergraduate experience that is surrounded with multiple types of support, career development opportunities, and caring faculty and professors. I was a part of many student-led extracurricular and study groups. Additionally, USD carries a very cool opportunity for community...

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Overall, I have a had a great experience in terms of academics. Many of the professors are willing to help you during their office hours and expand on things outside out the classroom. One improvement would be to develop more clubs and opportunities that present a diverse group of people.

My experience at the University of San Diego - Some of the best days of my life
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love my experience as a student-athlete at the University of San Diego. So far those were the best days of my life. The Mechanical Engineering program was great with small class sizes, great professors and well-equipped labs. As part of the soccer team we had great success and it was a great honor to travel around the country to represent my university. And...

San Diego, California, United States

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