As an online USD student from India, you can benefit from our cutting-edge curriculum’s industry-relevant skills training while enjoying the flexibility to study where and when it works for you. You will have access to your classroom 24/7, meaning you can balance your studies, your career, and your family without missing out. Our programs for online students in India use the same curriculum as our on-campus programs, just specialized to ensure you can excel in the Indian job market in addition to the international arena.

Each subject is taught by dedicated faculty members who have advanced degrees, deep knowledge, and first-hand experience in their respective fields. For our online degrees in India, we have brought on Indian faculty hired to campus standards who can share a local perspective in their fields in addition to the global perspective embedded into the curriculum. 


The University of San Diego has been continuously accredited by WASC (the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges) since 1956. This ensures that our curriculum and student experience are aligned with the high standards set by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Learn more about what accreditation is for U.S. universities and why it is important.

USD´s degree programs are validated by the U.S. Regional Accrediting body (WASC) and recognized in the U.S. by the U.S. Department of Education. These degree programs do not have official recognition by Ministries of Education outside the United States. 


We are a contemporary Catholic university, grounded in the liberal arts and anchored along an international border, advancing academic excellence to create a more inclusive, sustainable and hopeful world.


Strengthened by the Catholic intellectual tradition, we confront humanity’s challenges by fostering peace, working for justice and leading with love.


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We embody this vision and mission through the following six values.

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Academic Excellence

Recognizing free inquiry and academic freedom as fundamental to the Catholic intellectual tradition, we pursue excellence in teaching, research and creative expression, at the service of local, national and international communities. We value the complexity of the human mind and strive to optimize the intellectual potential of every learner. Our students receive a holistic education which promotes democratic, global citizenship as well as ethical leadership, and — through beauty, goodness, and truth — awakens in each a desire to transform the world.

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Catholic Identity

As a Catholic university, we offer a values-based education attentive to the full flourishing of all members of our community. We cherish our Roman Catholic heritage and the institutions which founded USD, the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Diocese of San Diego. Inspired by the Second Vatican Council, we foster faith, engage the world with hope, promote ecumenical and interfaith community, and work in solidarity to create justice and peace.

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Human Dignity

We believe that a diversity of people, ideas, beliefs, languages, approaches to learning, and other forms of difference, are essential for education. We affirm the dignity of every person and strive to create a culture of respect and inclusivity. This conviction grounds our efforts to ensure that all members of our university community are able to thrive in every dimension of their lives.

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Care for our Common Home

The message of Laudato Si’ frames our care for creation. We acknowledge our location on Kumeyaay land, and we embrace our singular placement on the San Diego-Tijuana border, a uniquely diverse — both culturally and biologically — environment. As an anchor institution, we build reciprocal partnerships with our Indigenous, local, national and global partners and we integrate environmentally, economically and socially responsible practices.

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Ethical Conduct and Compassionate Service

We value the study of ethics as a distinguishing characteristic of a Catholic university; engage with the imminent social issues of our time to enhance the common good; and educate leaders able to discern and commit to pathways that elevate fairness and equity. Convinced of the need for reflection to steady us, we serve with compassion, ever conscious of others’ contexts and assets. We seek to grow in wisdom as we work to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and hopeful world.

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Inspired and Meaningful Lives

We are committed to preparing our students to lead inspired and meaningful lives. We work closely with students — in the classroom and beyond — to expand their capacity to think critically, solve complex problems, use data and technology responsibly, and express informed insights with courage and conviction. Our graduates are equipped with the preparation necessary to be innovative Changemakers, to achieve professional success, and contribute to their communities.


James T. Harris III, DEd, has been the President of the University of San Diego since 2015, after serving as the President of Widener University and Defiance College. As a highly respected figure in education, he has been named as one of the top 50 Character-Building Presidents by the John Templeton Foundation. During his time at the University of San Diego, he has focused his attention on several key areas, such as engaging the extended university community through collaborations with students, faculty, and staff, giving new impetus to Envisioning 2024, and creating task forces to strengthen the diverse university community. An advocate for global exposure, he promotes study abroad programs and maintains a transparent and accessible environment. Dr. Harris holds a doctorate in education from Pennsylvania State University and has authored a book on academic leadership.

President of the University of San Diego James T. Harris III