Student Affairs

USC Thornton Student Affairs advises and supports all students at the School of Music through their degree requirements and programs.

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The USC Thornton Student Affairs team is dedicated to the support, guidance, and encouragement of all

Thornton students toward the development of their academic and professional endeavors.

Academic Resources

USC Thornton Student Affairs can help students with advisement, academic requirements, and obtaining clearance for coursework.

Degree Requirements

Thornton Student Affairs has prepared requirement lists and course plans to help guide you toward your degree progress. Read on to review these resources based upon your major.


All Thornton musicians have an assigned academic advisor, which students are encouraged to communicate with regularly. Read on for how to prepare for advisement and registration as a major or minor.

Individual Instruction

Thornton majors, minors, and non-Thornton students can request clearance for individual instruction

courses at the 300, 301, or 501 level. Use the link to select your specific D-clearance request forms.

Programs & Offices

Below are other USC Thornton offices and programs that serve student needs both here and abroad.

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Services include information technology; student performance and practice resources; facilities, classroom and performance scheduling; instrument and asset management; and event production.

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Explore internships and job opportunities with USC Thornton Career Connect service, available to students, graduates, and prospective employers.

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USC Thornton offers dynamic overseas programs designed to expand upon and enhance your curriculum.

Community Resources

USC and the Thornton School of Music offer an array of supportive resources to navigate the student experience.

Thornton Student Council (TSC) exists to amplify and advocate for the student experience at the Thornton School of Music.

The physical, mental and emotional health of any music professional is a critical ingredient for a successful and satisfying career.

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Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Workshops are open to all students and offered to departments or organizations requesting trainings.

DMA Resources

Resources for USC Thornton Doctoral students.

Information including recommended first-year DMA timeline and preparation for Graduate Committee Interviews.

General information, requirements, and application details for DMA Academic Fields.

General information, requirements, and application details for DMA Elective Fields.

Information about preparing and applying for approval to take Comprehensive Examinations.

Dean’s List

USC Thornton recognizes undergraduate students with a USC Thornton major who have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher, after completing 12 units or more of letter-graded course work. Below are the Dean’s Lists for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023.

Online Resources

Online resources to access class schedules, coursework materials, and more. Not sure where to start? Visit the student hub myUSC.

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Stay Connected

USC Thornton Student Affairs is located on the University Park Campus in The Music Complex (TMC), Room 200. You can reach our office by calling (213) 740-4721 or via email at