Progressive Degree Programs

University of Southern California

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The largest and oldest of the USC schools, USC Dornsife functions as the academic core of the university, offering courses and advancing knowledge across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.


For more than a decade, USC’s undergraduate programs, centered in USC Dornsife, have consistently gained in stature. 

We see this both in a rise in average SAT scores and an increasing selectivity in admissions — in 2015 USC Dornsife welcomed the most selective class ever with an acceptance rate of 17.5 percent. Twenty-five percent of applicants were admitted in 2007.

USC Dornsife offers undergraduates a choice of nearly 80 majors and 70 minors, and provides advisement to undecided and undeclared students.

At the same time, we have initiated a concerted effort to strengthen USC Dornsife’s graduate programs, which include 35 doctoral degree programs.

A 25 percent expansion of our faculty in recent years has helped catalyze the growth of USC Dornsife’s research enterprise.Through institutional partnerships and service-learning programs, USC Dornsife has built strong alliances with the diverse communities of Southern California.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fast Track to Success
Earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree in as little as 5 years, with a reduction of up to one-third of the units required for the Master's degree
  • Jump Ahead of Your Peers
Apply theoretical knowledge and basic research skills acquired as an undergraduate to practical applications of the professional world
  • Take Your Education a Step Further
Better prepare yourself for a final degree, whether a PhD., J.D., or M.D.Apply to the Graduate School without an application fee, and without the need to take the Graduate Record Examination

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants to the progressive degree program must have completed 64 units since high school graduation and must submit their completed application prior to the completion of 96 units of course work. (AP units, IB units and course work taken prior to high school graduation are excluded).
  • Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores but are expected to have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from USC faculty supporting their admission to a progressive master’s degree; at least one from a tenured-track or tenured faculty member in the student’s bachelor’s degree major.

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Progressive Degree Programs
University of Southern California