Progressive Degree Program List

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. The list of programs below includes departments that have offered the Progressive Degree option previously, but other programs may also be open to participating.

Program and school names below may also contain links to Progressive Degree websites for those areas.

A full list of all graduate degrees currently offered is available in the USC Catalogue.

 

 

 

Iovine and Young Academy
Leventhal School of Accounting
School of Architecture
Marshall School of Business
School of Cinematic Arts
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Rossier School of Education
Viterbi School of Engineering
Davis School of Gerontology
Gould School of Law
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Keck School of Medicine
School of Pharmacy
Price School of Public Policy
Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

 

Iovine and Young Academy

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

Master of Science in Product Innovation
January 15
Jessica Vernon
Open to USC undergraduates with a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application and a major or minor course of study in the Iovine & Young Academy.
All other majors are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who are pursuing majors in Design, Architecture, Interactive Media & Games, Engineering, or Business may have learned skills and abilities that may be most applicable to the Progressive Master of Science track.

Leventhal School of Accounting

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

Master of Accounting
Spring/Fall: Rolling
October 1-March 31
Ashley Flinn
(213) 740-4866
Open to all majors; prerequisites: Introduction to Financial Accounting; Micro or Macroeconomics; Statistics
Master of Business Taxation
Spring/Fall: Rolling
October 1-March 31
Ashley Flinn
(213) 740-4866
Open to all majors; prerequisites: Introduction to Financial Accounting; Micro or Macroeconomics; Statistics

School of Architecture

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

Master of Building Science
Spring
Priority: 5th week of the Fall Semester
Final: Last Day of Fall final exams
Fall
Priority: 5th week of the Spring semester
Final: Last day of Spring final exams
Jennifer Park
(213) 740-2420
Dr. Douglas Noble
(213) 740-2723
Majors in Civil Engineering (Viterbi)

Marshall School of Business

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Spring: Rolling deadline September 1 – October 31
Fall: Rolling deadline September 1 – April 1
ms.ei@marshall.usc.edu
Open to all majors
M.S. in Finance
Program begins in Fall only.
The deadline to apply to the MSF PDP during the Spring semester is February 1st.
The deadline to apply to the MSF PDP during the Summer semester is June 15th.
No PDP review in Fall.
ms.fin@marshall.usc.edu
Open to all majors
M.S. in Global Supply Chain Management
Spring/Fall: Rolling
ms.gscm@marshall.usc.edu
Open to all majors
M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship
Summer only: May 1
socialentrepreneur@marshall.usc.edu
Open to all majors

School of Cinematic Arts

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

M.A. in Cinematic Arts (Media Arts, Games and Health)
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for Fall start is May 1
Collin Kelly
Open to all majors

Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information session.  Click link above to see dates/times.

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

Master of Communication Management
Spring: N/A
Fall: July 1
Dr. Courtney Pade
(213) 743-2247
Allyson Hill
(213) 821-0766
Open to all majors
Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information session
Register for Information Session here
M.S. in Digital Social Media
Spring: N/A
Fall: July 1
Dr. Daniela Baroffio
(213) 821-4431
Allyson Hill
(213) 821-0766
Open to all majors
Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information session
Register for Information Session here
M.S. in Journalism
Spring: N/A
Summer: June 7
Fall: N/A
Dr. Lisa Pecot Hèbert
(213) 740-3914
Allyson Hill
(213) 821-0766
Open to all majors
Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information session
Register for Information Session here
Master of Public Diplomacy
Spring: N/A
Fall: July 1
Robert Banks
Allyson Hill
(213) 821-0766
Open to all majors
Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information session
Register for Information Session here
M.A. in Specialized Journalism
Spring: N/A
Summer: June 7
Fall: N/A
Sandy Tolan
(213) 821-5436
Allyson Hill
(213) 821-0766
Open to all majors
Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information session
Register for Information Session here
M.A. in Strategic Public Relations
Spring: N/A
Fall: July 1
Dr. Burghardt Tenderich
(213) 740–0446
Allyson Hill
(213) 821-0766
Open to all majors
Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information session
Register for Information Session here
M.S. in Communication Data Science
Spring: N/A
Fall: July 1
Dr. Jessica Neff
Allyson Hill
(213) 821-0766
Open to all majors
Interested applicants must attend a mandatory information session
Register for Information Session here

Rossier School of Education

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

M.A. in Teaching (MAT)
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Deadline for Summer start is February 1.
Crystal Conley
(213) 821-3405
Open to all majors; education minor students preferred.
M.A. in Teaching, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT-TESOL)
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Deadline for Fall start is March 1.
Crystal Conley
(213) 821-3405
Open to all majors; education minor students preferred.

Viterbi School of Engineering

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

The following departments offer Master’s degrees through the Progressive Degree Program:
Fall
First Deadline: Mid-February
Final Deadline: Last day of Spring final exams
viterbi.pdp@usc.edu 
Viterbi students should contact their undergraduate major advisor.
Non-Viterbi students should contact the graduate advisor in the department for the intended master’s degree.
Majors within Viterbi.
Non-Viterbi majors should have completed significant coursework relevant to the MS program they are applying to.

Davis School of Gerontology

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

M.S. in Gerontology
Spring: The week before Thanksgiving
Fall: The week after Spring Break
Sara Robinson
(213) 740-1728
Open to all majors
M.A. in Aging Services Management
Spring: The week before Thanksgiving
Fall: The week after Spring Break
Sara Robinson
(213) 740-1728
Open to all majors
M.A. in Medical Gerontology
Spring: The week before Thanksgiving
Fall: The week after Spring Break
Sara Robinson
(213) 740-1728
Open to all majors
M.A. in Senior Living Hospitality
Spring: The week before Thanksgiving
Fall: The week after Spring Break
Sara Robinson
(213) 740-1728
Open to all majors

Gould School of Law

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

Master of International Trade Law and Economics
Spring/Fall: Rolling (Two weeks prior to the start of each semester)
Maddy Zamany
(213) 821-9555
Open to all majors, 3.0 GPA
Master of Studies in Law (On-Campus)
Spring/Fall: Rolling (Two weeks prior to the start of each semester)
Maddy Zamany
(213) 821-9555
Open to all majors, 3.0 GPA

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

M.S. in Applied Mathematics
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Amy Yung
(213) 740-8168
Math majors; Math minors; Engineering and other majors with a strong background in mathematics
M.A. in East Asian Studies
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Grace Ryu
(213) 740-2991
Open to all majors; applicants must have a minimum 3.75 GPA and should have 3 years or equivalent proficiency in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.
M.A. in Economics
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Shannon Durbin
(213) 740-8335
Economics, Business, and related fields; applicants must have a solid foundation in economics and strong math skills
M.A. in Economic Development Programming
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Shannon Durbin
(213) 740-8335
Economics, Business, and related fields; applicants must have a solid foundation in economics and strong math skills
M.A. in Environmental Studies
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Dr. Monalisa Chatterjee
(213) 740-8576
Contact Dr. Monalisa Chatterjee
M.S. in Geological Sciences
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Cindy Waite
(213) 740-6109
Applicants must have a strong background in geological sciences
M.S. in Geographic Information Science & Technology
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Kendrick Watson
(213) 740-5841
Open to all majors; completion of some GIST-related courses is recommended before applying (e.g., SSCI, ARCH, PPD)
M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Kendrick Watson
(213) 740-5841
Open to all majors; completion of some GIST-related courses is recommended before applying (e.g., SSCI, ARCH, PPD)
M.S. in Literary Editing and Publishing
Fall: Late March
Jose Perez Guerrero
(213) 740-2808
M.S. in Marine and Environmental Biology
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Adolfo Dela Rosa
(213) 821-3164
Open to all majors;
pre-requisites: BISC 120/220; CHEM 105ab; BISC 320/330
M.S. in Mathematical Finance
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Amy Yung
(213) 740-8168
Math majors; Math minors; Engineering and other majors with a strong background in mathematics
M.S. in Mathematics
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Amy Yung
(213) 740-8168
Math majors; Math minors; Engineering and other majors with a strong background in mathematics
M.S. in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Paloma Saenz
(213) 740-5188
Open to life sciences majors;
pre-requisites: BISC 120/220, BISC 320, CHEM 105ab,
CHEM 322ab
M.A. in Philosophy and Law
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Alejandra Meza
(213) 740-2534
Philosophy major or minor
M.S. in Quantitative and Computational Biology
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Ashley Tozzi
(213) 740-2401
Open to QBIO majors and other majors with a strong background in quantitative and computational methods
M.S. in Spatial Data Science
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Kendrick Watson
(213) 740-5841
Open to all majors; completion of some GIST-related courses is recommended before applying (e.g., SSCI, ARCH, PPD)
M.S. in Spatial Economics and Data Analysis
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Kendrick Watson
(213) 740-5841
Open to all majors; completion of some GIST-related courses is recommended before applying (e.g., SSCI, ARCH, PPD)
M.S. in Statistics
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Amy Yung
(213) 740-8168
Math majors; Math minors; Engineering and other majors with a strong background in mathematics
Master of Visual Anthropology
Spring/Fall: Rolling
Dr. Emily Zeamer
(213) 740-1917
Open to all majors

Keck School of Medicine

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

M.S. in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Fall/Spring: Rolling
Renee Stanley
(323) 442-1810
Open to all majors; applicants must have completed some statistics and math courses
M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Fall/Spring: Rolling
Monica Pan
(323) 442-0230
Open to all majors but applicants should have a strong background in biological sciences
M.S. in Biostatistics
Fall/Spring: Rolling
Renee Stanley
(323) 442-1810
Open to all majors; applicants must have completed some statistics and math courses
M.S. in Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Fall/Spring: Rolling
pathgrad@usc.edu
(323) 442-1168
Open to all Biological/Natural Science/Pre-Health majors
M.S. in Global Medicine
Summer/Fall/Spring: Rolling
msgm@med.usc.edu
(323) 442-3141
Open to all pre-health majors
M.S. in Public Health Data Science
Fall: Rolling
Corinne Smith
(323) 442-1810
Open to all majors; applicants must have completed some statistics and math courses
M.S. in Integrative Anatomical Sciences
Summer: February 1 for full consideration; case by case basis through May 15
Dr. Kristi Lewton
Lori Ramirez
(323) 442-2771
Open to all majors, but applicants should have a strong background in biological sciences
M.S. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Fall: Rolling
Monica Pan
(323) 442-0230
Open to all majors, but applicants should have adequate background in biological sciences and strong interest in biomedical hands-on research.
M.S. in Neuroimaging and Informatics
May 1
niin@ini.usc.edu
(323) 442-7246
Open to all majors
M.S. in Narrative Medicine
Fall: Rolling
uscnarrativemedicine@usc.edu
Open to all majors
Master of Public Health
Fall/Spring: Rolling
Reyna Macias
(323) 442-8298
Open to all majors; applicants must demonstrate strong interest in Public Health
M.S. in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Fall: May 15
Spring: N/A
Belen Lopez
(323) 865-1266
Open to all majors but applicants should have a strong background in biological sciences; pre-requisites: BISC 220 and BISC 320
M.S. in Translational Biomedical Informatics
Fall/Spring: Rolling
David Wesley Craig
(323) 442-7784
Open to all majors
M.S. in Translational Biotechnology
Fall/Spring: Rolling
Carol Lin
(323) 442-3237
Open to all majors

School of Pharmacy

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

M.S. in Biopharmaceutical Marketing
Fall/Spring/Summer: Rolling
Michelle Ton
All majors are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis
M.S. in Clinical & Experimental Therapeutics
Fall
Priority deadline: February 1
Final deadline:
June 1
Sean Cu
(213) 821-6478
Open to all majors; Basic Biology and Chemistry knowledge preferred
M.S. in Healthcare Decision Analysis
Fall/Spring/Summer: Rolling
Michelle Ton
(213) 821-6478
Open to all majors
M.S. in Management of Drug Development
Spring
Priority deadline: June 1
Final deadline: October 1
Summer
Priority deadline: October 1
Final deadline: February 1
Fall
Priority deadline: February 1
Final deadline:
June 1
Kristen Felthousen
(323) 442-3102
Open to all majors; Basic Biology and Chemistry knowledge preferred.
M.S. in Medical Product Quality
Spring
Priority deadline: June 1
Final deadline: October 1
Summer
Priority deadline: October 1
Final deadline: February 1
Fall
Priority deadline: February 1
Final deadline:
June 1
Kristen Felthousen
(323) 442-3102
Open to all majors; Basic Biology and Chemistry knowledge preferred.
M.S. in Regulatory Science
Spring
Priority deadline: June 1
Final deadline: October 1
Summer
Priority deadline: October 1
Final deadline: February 1
Fall
Priority deadline: February 1
Final deadline:
June 1
Kristen Felthousen
(323) 442-3102
Open to all majors; Basic Biology and Chemistry knowledge preferred.

Price School of Public Policy

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

Master of Health Administration
Spring: N/A
Fall: February 1
Jennifer Kim
(213) 821-0837
Open to all majors
Master of Planning
Spring: September 15
Fall: February 1
Jennifer Hong
(213) 740-6539
Open to all majors; completion of some PPD courses is recommended before applying
Master of Public Administration
Spring: September 15
Fall: February 1
Karla Barajas
Lucía Saavedra
(213) 740-3915
Open to all majors
Master of Public Policy
Spring: N/A
Fall: February 1
Suzanne Alexander
(213) 740-1532
Open to all majors

 

Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Program

Admission Deadline

Contact

Eligibility

Master of Social Work
Program begins in Fall only.
Priority deadline: January 11.
Final deadline: April 5
Monica Ellis
(213) 821-0903
Necole Yaacoub
(213) 821-0976
Open to USC undergraduates with a minimum 3.3 GPA at the time of application.