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Doctoral Students

Welcome to the Viterbi School of Engineering Office of Doctoral Programs!  We look forward to assisting you throughout your time at USC. 

The Office of Doctoral Programs provides services and resources to help students in the successful pursuit of their Ph.D. degrees. All engineering Ph.D. students are welcome to stop by to discuss their academics and student life, and especially enrollment, academic progress, academic integrity, financial aid, fellowships, curricular practical training (CPT) and post graduation optional practical training (OPT).

Please note that the Office of Doctoral Programs does not replace departmental academic advisement. Advice on courses and research is provided by faculty in the respective departments. Departmental staff can also answer questions and direct students to proper faculty. For the list of staff advisors in the departments, click here.

For questions, please email, or call (213) 740-4488.

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Office of Doctoral Programs

3650 McClintock Ave., OHE 106

Los Angeles, California 90089-1455

Ph: (213) 740-4488


Doctoral Student Affairs - Staff

Jennifer Gerson
Director, Doctoral Programs

Jennifer manages doctoral programs to provide support and programming services for doctoral students, as well as provide support for academic departments. She monitors academic progress and oversees the fellowship process. Jennifer enjoys traveling with her family.

(213) 740-6241 |

Tracy Charles
Coordinator, Doctoral Programs

Tracy oversees doctoral student accounting and fellowship payments, as well as organizes events and provides other support services to doctoral students. Tracy is an avid runner and is also involved in horse rescue.

(213) 740-0114 |