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Progressive Degree Programs FAQ

Progressive Degree Program Frequently Asked Questions


1. I'm a senior (complete 96 units or over), can I still apply to a PDP ?
Exceptions to the 96-unit rule are considered on a case-by-case basis. The intent of the rule is two-fold: to insure a well-designed course plan based on collaboration between your departmental advisors and faculty; and, for students admitted to USC as freshmen, to insure all requirements for the bachelor's and master's degrees can be completed within 12 semesters.

If you are over the 96-unit limit but your faculty and advisors agree that your course plan insures a rigorous course of study and can be completed within the time allowed, we encourage you to complete the application.  Your department will can then submit it with a request to be excepted from the 96-unit rule.  Finally, remember that the 96-unit rule does not include AP and IB units earned before you began college.

2. How many more semesters will it take me to complete a PDP?
Each PDP has a unique number of units needed to complete the course work required for the program.
The number of additional semesters depends on the individualized program designed for you.

3. Who should I speak to if I have questions about the Masters requirements for my PDP? Undergraduate requirements?
As in the case of adding a second major or additional minor, it is essential to consult with an academic advisor belonging to each of your existing and proposed programs. In this way, you can ensure that you will complete all the program requirements in a timely manner.
First, consult with a Masters Program Advisor regarding the graduate course work needed to complete the PDP and the best time to take your courses. Then, discuss the PDP requirements with your Undergraduate Advisor to effectively plan the rest of your undergraduate degree requirements.

4. Will this reduce the number of units needed for my Bachelors?
Completing a PDP does not reduce your undergraduate degree requirements. However, with the support of your Masters program you may reduce up to one third of the graduate units required.

5. Where could I find the list of courses that are required to obtain my PDP degree?
Please consult with the Faculty or Staff advisor for the PDP program you are interested in.

6. What are the requirements?
The requirements for the progressive degrees can be found here.

7. Do I have to take the GRE?
You are not required to submit GRE scores, but are expected to have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

8. Can my financial aid be applied to the 5th year?
Please consult with a Financial Aid Advisor regarding your financial package for your remaining semesters.

9. Where can I find the application?
The application is located here.