Dean Jim Ellis
At USC Marshall, we believe that ambitious doctoral students are attracted to elite schools where faculty members are committed to changing the world around them. As a doctoral candidate at Marshall, you will be working closely with some of the world’s most renowned thought leaders who encourage and support an academic community that is an idea incubator. With our location in Southern California, Marshall offers a myriad of opportunities with industries at the forefront of innovation & opportunity: biotechnology, life sciences, media, entertainment, communications, and health care.
As you explore doctoral programs, we want to be part of your journey.
James G. Ellis
Vice Dean Nandini Rajagopalan
It has been almost three decades since I completed my doctoral program. Yet, those four years of my life remain among the most cherished years of my life for so many reasons. I discovered how exhilarating and challenging the research process could be; I built life-long friendships and productive collaborations with my fellow doctoral students; I learned to question and critique, to probe and create, and most importantly, to realize that every idea that went nowhere was followed by so many that came to fruition. Those years prepared me for a lifelong journey where the pursuit of scholarship for the sake of scholarship is the ultimate reward. And, my most cherished intellectual and personal relationships as a faculty member have been with my own doctoral students. Their challenges and their successes have come to mean so much more to me than my own. That is what being a doctoral student at Marshall means. You will develop your scholarly ambitions and identity in an environment where you will be nurtured, challenged, and celebrated by world-class researchers who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of scholarship for the sake of scholarship. Our faculty invest their time, their ideas, and their energies to give our doctoral students the joys of discovering what I discovered nearly three decades ago. We look forward to you being in Marshall!