The Progressive Degree program enables superior USC undergraduates to begin work on a master’s degree while completing requirements for the bachelor’s degree. It’s a terrific way to deepen your education and prepare for your future, and to do so in as little as one additional year! And what could be better than being at USC and in Los Angeles just a bit longer.
Is a progressive degree for you?
Earning a master’s through Progressive Degrees is offered exclusively to USC undergraduates. It’s an ideal option if you want a competitive edge in admission to law, medical, or other professional schools; or you’d like to explore an academic path related to your bachelor’s degree (i.e., areas like aging, diplomacy, media and communication, globalization, or professional writing); or you’re on a career path where a master’s degree might prove crucial (i.e., in engineering, health professions, or accounting). Whatever the reason, a Progressive Degree allows you to pursue your passions and deepen your knowledge in an area you find exciting!
A progressive master’s degree need not be in the same department as your bachelor’s degree but should be in a similar field of study. Other great features of the Progressive Degree program: your application for admission is free, you’ll enjoy a streamlined admission process that doesn’t require taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and departments may reduce the number of units required for the master’s by up to one-third based on completion of appropriate undergraduate coursework.
Progressive degrees could potentially be almost any Master’s degree at USC. However, not every Master’s program at USC allows the Progressive Degree option. Some professional degrees, such as the MBA and most medical practitioner Master’s programs, are not available for the Progressive Degree option. This list of programs includes departments that have offered the Progressive Degree option previously, but other programs may also be open to participating.
Go here for a list of all graduate degrees currently awarded at USC, alphabetized by school.