College and Schools

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences is the heart of USD, where students thrive in the liberal arts and sciences and develop a coherent, integrated, rich world view.

  • Founded in 1949
  • 29 majors and 37 minors
  • 3 graduate programs
  • 19 departments
  • 225 devoted, full-time faculty
  • 19 honor and professional societies

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is a premier private graduate school with a public conscience.

  • Ranks as the #1 Catholic Graduate Nursing School in the nation based on U.S. News & World Report research
  • Internationally recognized faculty have extensive postgraduate research training
  • Awarded the largest research grant in USD history.
  • Our Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory provides expert clinical training

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies works for sustainable peace and justice through innovative education, interdisciplinary scholarship, advanced practice and policy engagement.

  • Founded in 2007
  • Offers MA in Peace and Justice, MA in Social Innovation, MS in Conflict Management and Resolution, JD/MA Peace and Law Dual Degree
  • Focus areas: conflict analysis and resolution, human rights, development and human security
  • Benefit from two practice-oriented institutes: the Institute for Peace and Justice and the Trans-Border Institute

School of Business

School of Business develops socially responsible business leaders with a global mindset and a passion for innovation.

  • Full-time and evening MBAs offered
  • 7 specialty master's programs
  • 8 undergraduate business majors
  • MBA program ranks 3rd in the world for entrepreneurship by Financial Times
  • Top 50 Best Business School for 8 years by Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Faculty ranks A+ grade for teaching quality in seven consecutive rankings

School of Law

School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs.

  • 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students annually
  • Strong faculty of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations.
  • Member of the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. Focus areas: business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

School of Leadership and Education Sciences prepares educators and leaders to serve a diverse society by focusing on human dignity and the quality of life.

  • Founded in 1962
  • Established the nation's first PhD program in leadership studies in 1979
  • Four departments and 10 degree, 16 credential and 4 certificate programs
  • Affiliated with 10 academic centers and institutes

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering inspires students to innovate, create and ultimately make a difference by practicing real-world engineering.

  • Offers a Dual BA/BS Degree in four engineering disciplines, a BA degree in computer science, and an MS in Cyber Security Engineering
  • Meet prospective employers and find new opportunities while giving back to their community
  • Ranks #13 in engineering undergraduate programs in the nation