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Eligibility & Application

Progressive Degree

The Progressive Degree program is highly individualized and enables superior USC undergraduates to begin work on a master’s degree while completing requirements for the bachelor’s degree. You should begin investigating potential progressive degrees at the start of your junior year by consulting with graduate departments which offer master’s programs associated with your undergraduate major. Once you have found a complementary master’s program to pursue, you can begin to make your progressive degree plan with your undergraduate and graduate academic advisors.

Program Eligibility

  • Applicants may apply only once they have completed at least 64 total units of undergraduate course work, excluding AP, IB, or transfer units earned prior to graduation from high school.
  • Applicants may apply in their junior (recommended) or senior year but no later than the semester prior to beginning graduate course work.
  • Applicants do not need to submit GRE, GMAT, or other graduate entrance exam scores, but should have at least a 3.0 cumulative USC GPA at the time of application.

Application Process

  • Review the Progressive Degree Program Requirements before applying.
  • Complete and submit Application for Admission to a Progressive Master’s Program, including:
    • Application form
    • STARS report
    • Progressive Degree Proposed Course Plan – the course plan must include all remaining undergraduate course requirements and at least two-thirds of the graduate program requirements
    • You are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores
  • Obtain approval signatures for the application and proposed course plan from:
    • Undergraduate program department chair
    • Undergraduate program dean
    • Master’s program department chair
    • Master’s program dean

The approved application and course plan will be submitted to Degree Progress by the master’s program department and added to your academic records. Once admitted to the master’s program, all you need to do is follow your approved course plan.

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