USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

USC Military and Veterans

The University of Southern California is proud to support U.S. service members and veterans. We have a long history of providing educational, financial and career support for individuals currently serving or who have previously served in the military. Having started as a training school for U.S. Army officers during World War I, we hold onto this tradition proudly as we continue to evolve as a top-tier private education institution.

We are honored to have outstanding alumni who contribute to the veteran and military communities, including through the USC Alumni Veterans Network. The USC GIST faculty also includes three veterans: Steven Fleming, Andrew Marx and Jason Knowles.

USC offers financial assistance and a variety of services for current military and veterans. In 2014, USC student-veterans received approximately $2.3 million in aid. Visit the Military and Veterans Initiatives page to learn more, including:

  • Information about housing, scholarship and financial aid opportunities for military service members and veterans
  • The latest news and events for USC’s military community
  • Academic support and health resources
  • Links to USC-affiliated military research centers and institutes
  • Information on USC’s military-related programs and history of supporting service members

GIS in the Military and Beyond

“I initially chose to complete the Geographic Information Science and Technology Graduate Certificate program that provided me a solid foundation of GIST concepts, an understanding of spatial databases and a comprehensive overview of field data collection techniques. Then, with my military service complete, I moved to a role as an aviation planner with an engineering and consulting firm, where I complete a variety of different short- and long-term planning projects at airports nationwide.”

– Robert Grotefend
Graduate Certificate in GIST, Class of 2015
Master of Science in GIST, Class of 2017
Aviation Planning Consultant and GIS Analyst at RS&H

Many of the same skills that veterans and military support staff develop in their careers are utilized in the world of geographic information science. This gives service members myriad opportunities in the field, whether they wish to advance their careers in military operations or pursue GIS opportunities in a civilian career. If you’re interested in GIS or have questions about which program would be best for your career, contact an enrollment advisor; we’re happy to provide guidance or connect you with one of our veteran faculty members.


A variety of organizations offer scholarships to Active Duty and Veteran servicemembers, as well as to their spouses and dependents. Explore the helpful resources below to assist in funding your graduate education:

Additional scholarships and resources can be found at

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