The silk lining of the hood bears the color or colors of the institution from which the wearer has graduated. The official colors for the University of Southern California are cardinal and gold. The color of the velvet band around the hood shows the department in which the wearer earned a degree. All Master of Arts (white) degrees and Master of Science (gold yellow) degrees are bestowed by the Graduate School.

Accounting: Drab

Architecture: Blue-Violet

Art and Design:

Master of Fine Arts: Brown

Master of Arts: White

Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation: Gold

Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy: Aqua

Bovard College: White

Business Administration: 

All MBA Programs: Drab

All Master of Science: Gold

Business for Veterans: Drab

Management Studies: Gold

Medical Management: Gold

Library and Information Science: Gold

Cinematic Arts:

Arts: White

Fine Arts: Brown


Communication Informatics: White

Communication Management: Crimson

Digital Social Media: Gold

Global Communications: White

Public Diplomacy: Peacock Blue

Strategic Public Relations: White

Dance: Gold


Dental Surgery: Lilac

Science: Gold

Dramatic Arts: Brown

Education: Light Blue

Engineering: Orange

Gerontology: White

The Graduate School

Master of Arts: White

Master of Science: Gold

Doctor of Philosophy: Royal Blue


Journalism: Gold

Specialized Journalism: White

Specialized Journalism the Arts: White

Law: Purple


MD: Kelly Green

Academic Medicine: Gold

Physician Assistant: Olive

Public Health: Salmon

Science: Gold

Music: Pink

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: 

Occupational Therapy OTD: Rhodes Blue

Occupational Therapy: White


PharmD: Olive

Science: Gold

Public Policy: 

Policy, Planning, and Development: Crimson

Health Administration: Peacock Blue

International Public Policy and Management: Peacock Blue

Leadership: Peacock Blue

Public Administration: Peacock Blue

Public Policy: Blue

Planning: Crimson

Real Estate Development: Crimson

Social Work: Citron