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; the application deadline is December 14, 2022. For more information, visit USC Viterbi’s website.

To apply for admission to a USC Annenberg PDP, you must attend a mandatory information session hosted by Annenberg Admissions. At the session, you will hear from the faculty program directors, learn about USC Annenberg degree programs, and receive the USC Annenberg PDP application guidelines. If you have questions, email Annenberg Admissions at

For Communication and Public Diplomacy degrees      
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Noon, PT 
Join Zoom session here
Meeting ID: 954 007 5316
Passcode: COMMPDP23

For Journalism and Public Relations and Advertising degrees
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Noon, PT 
Join Zoom session here
Meeting ID: 948 2287 1862
Passcode: JOURPDP23

Instructions for USC students graduating May 2024

Attend the fall virtual mandatory information session. If you are unable to attend the fall session, spring semester virtual sessions will be announced after January 9, 2023. Note: The application deadline for all USC Annenberg PDP programs is March 1, 2023; late applications will not be accepted, and no extensions will be granted for incomplete applications.

Instructions for December 2022 and May 2023 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, and plan to attend a virtual graduate information session. 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. No mandatory information process
  5. An online application process
  6. Apply to as many as three different degree programs
  7. Update your application to 2024 if you are unable to enroll