Progressive Master’s Degree

USC Annenberg progressive degree programs

The USC Progressive Degree Program (PDP) enables superior USC undergraduates to begin work on a master’s degree while completing the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. After earning the bachelor’s degree, PDP students transition fully into their master’s degree program. USC Annenberg offers the following progressive master’s degrees:

*Communication Data Science is jointly taught by USC Annenberg and USC Viterbi. However, the PDP application process is managed by USC Viterbi Admissions. For more information, visit USC Viterbi’s PDP website.

Instructions for USC students graduating December 2024 and May 2025

Annenberg PDP Application Guidelines will be posted here prior to mandatory advisement for juniors. Visit the Undergraduate Education website at to review the progressive degree eligibility requirement and to download the application forms.

Instructions for December 2023 and May 2024 graduating seniors

For USC Annenberg graduate degree programs, apply through the USC graduate admission application process instead of the progressive degree admission application process. Review the USC Annenberg application guidelines for the degree program(s) of interest to you. If you have questions after reviewing the application guidelines, contact Annenberg Admissions at

Advantages for graduating seniors applying through the graduate application process:

  1. No GRE for USC Annenberg degree programs
  2. No application fee
  3. No course plan required
  4. An online application process
  5. Apply to as many as three different degree programs
  6. Update your application to 2025 if you are unable to enroll in 2024