Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
First Application Deadline: Spring 2020
Friday February 14, 2020
(apply by this deadline if you plan to start graduate coursework in Fall 2020)
Final Application Deadline: Spring 2020
Wednesday May 13, 2020
(apply by this deadline to receive your decision at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester)
Viterbi Progressive Degree Program(PDP) Scholarship
Viterbi Admission and Student Engagement is pleased to offer merit based scholarships for Viterbi Master’s students who are currently completing graduate coursework via the Viterbi Progressive Degree Program (PDP). For more information and how to apply.
Application Due Dates:
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, year-round. However, deadlines exist for the purpose of determining eligibility.
- The application submission deadline for fall and spring semesters is the last day of exams. Applications submitted after the last day of exams will include the units taken in that term in determining eligibility for the program.
First Application Deadline Option:
- Submit your application by the first application deadline if you hope to receive an admission decision before the next registration period. In general, this option is for you if you want to register in 500-level classes for the term following the application. (Only available during the fall and spring terms.)
- The First Application Deadline is the Friday of the fifth week of classes. This deadline can vary by semester, so please confirm the deadline date by contacting Viterbi Graduate Admission – by email firstname.lastname@example.org by phone 213-740-7755 or in person at OHE 106.
- Decisions for complete applications are released by the end of the term following the completion of all parts of the application.
- If you submit an accurate and complete application by the First Application Deadline, you will generally be notified of the admission decision near the start of the following term’s registration period (e.g., applications received by the fall semester first deadline should have an admission decision by the start of registration for spring semester).
Priority will be given to applicants who have course plans with graduate-level coursework listed in the coming semester.
Course Selection and Graduation Requirement Questions
The traditional master’s degree program remains an option for you, and in some cases may be preferable to a Progressive Degree. Make sure to consult with your undergraduate advisor, faculty and Viterbi Graduate Admission (email@example.com) prior to deciding which of these options to pursue.
Progressive Degree Program Application Questions
If you have any questions or concerns about the Progressive Degree Program, please feel free to contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 213-740-7755. You may also schedule an appointment or drop by our walk-in office hours:
Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) 106
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9.30 – 11.30 am and 1.30 – 4.30 pm
Please note that the above office hours have been suspended until further notice as USC has begun to take measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. During this time we are still very much looking forward to speaking with you about PDP. Please direct all inquires to email@example.com. Please also note that if an in-person meeting is the most appropriate forum to discuss your situation, a video conferencing option will be available.
Schedule a PDP Application Appointment
If needed you can schedule an appointment using the link below.
*Prospective PDP applicants must have completed at least 64 total units of undergraduate course work, but not exceeded 95 total units, excluding AP, IB, or transfer units earned prior to high school graduation.
Applications are reviewed on a comprehensive and competitive basis, not all eligible students are admitted to the program.
If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility requirements, or if you have special circumstances, please consult with representative from the Viterbi Graduate Admission Office ( firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine if you are eligible to submit an application.
- Minimum 3.2 GPA at time of application
- Submit application as a Junior (this means you have completed at least 64 total units of undergraduate course work, but have not exceeded 96 total units, excluding AP, IB, or transfer units earned prior to graduation from high school).
- Complete and submit Application for Admission to a Progressive Master’s Program, including:
- Application form
- STARS report
- Transfer Credit Report
- Two letters of recommendation from USC Viterbi faculty
- Proposed Course Plan – the course plan must include all remaining undergraduate course requirements and at least two-thirds of the graduate program requirements
- You are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores!
- You must fulfill all specified degree requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree except for the total number of units for each degree. (The required course units for the master’s degree may be reduced by up to a maximum of 1/3 of the course units.)
- You will be subject to undergraduate academic progress standards while in undergraduate status and master’s academic progress while in graduate status. In most cases, you will be classified as undergraduate students for the first eight semesters of USC enrollment. In the ninth semester, you will be assigned graduate status.
- While classified as graduate students, students will be assessed the graduate tuition rate appropriate for their master’s degree, and graduate standards will apply.
- Students who receive a research assistant or teaching assistant award prior to completion of eight semesters will be assigned graduate status.
- The bachelor’s degree may be awarded separately, but the master’s degree will not be awarded before the undergraduate degree.
- The time limit for completing a progressive degree program (combining the BS and MS degrees) is 12 semesters.
Programs are subject to change. Please make sure to check in with your potential department graduate advisor when deciding on a program to pursue.
Instructions & Application
Identify the master’s degree you would like to pursue. Be sure to identify a specific Program of Study (POST) that you intend to follow.
If your intended Master’s program is outside the Viterbi School, you must consult with Viterbi Graduate Admission ( email@example.com) before proceeding with the application.
Complete the application and follow the instructions for each step.
Units and GPA information is available through OASIS on both your STARS report and your Transfer Credit Report.
While completing your online application, you should download an electronic PDF of the PDP Proposed Course Plan. You should complete this either online or print it out.
Check MyViterbi from time to time to see if your recommenders have submitted the Letter of Recommendation and also to make sure that your advisor has uploaded the proposed course plan.
All materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for that application term.
Proposed Course Plan
Below are additional information and instructions on how to prepare your proposed course plan:
While completing your PDP Online Application, you should also download the Proposed Course Plan form and complete it to the best of your ability. If you decide to print and complete the form then ensure you do so in pen and not pencil. If you would like guidance on the completion of the course plan, then arrange to meet with your undergraduate and potential graduate advisors.
- After completing the form, first meet with your current undergraduate advisor who will review and sign and confirm their approval and return the form to you.
- Take the signed course plan to meet with your potential graduate advisor. They will review, and sign, confirm their approval and return the form to you.
You should then bring the Proposed Course Plan back to your UG advisor, who will subject to everything being OK, scan and upload the form to your PDP Online Application. Your course plan along with your application will be reviewed by Viterbi Graduate Admission.
Yes you can! However you will need to apply via paper application.
Of course! But you will need to follow that department’s application procedure. Please refer to the relevant webpage. Note that you should check with the relevant graduate advisor for more information regarding their specific PDP requirements.
Not at all! We understand that schedules change, but we do want you to have an idea of when you will be finishing everything. If you do need to make changes in the future, you would just need to submit a revised course plan.
Regardless if you have transfer credits or not, please download the transfer credit report from your OASIS (if there’s nothing then it should be blank) and attach it to the document.
Letters of Recommendation should come from Viterbi faculty members. If you do not have two Viterbi faculty recommenders, we will accept letters from other people who are in a position to speak to your potential for success in the program. In that case, we highly encourage you to have at least one of your letters come from a Viterbi faculty member. If you do not see your recommender in the application drop down menu, please select “other” from the menu and have the letter writer email their letter directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
No, you do not have to print out your Proposed PDP Course Plan. We have the Course Plan online in a fillable PDF format so you could email the completed version to your advisor. Emailing the completed fillable PDF as opposed to printing will speed the process up. So, where possible we recommend you complete the course plan online and email to your advisor.
Please fill out the Proposed PDP Course Plan to the best of your ability. Your advisor will go over any courses that need to be changed when you meet with them.
If you applied by the first deadline, you would hear back sometime during the same semester and in time to register for the following semester. If you submitted by the final deadline, you will receive your decision by the end of the semester following the semester in which the application is submitted.
You can check your PDP application status through your MyViterbi account.
As indicated in the USC Catalogue, progressive degree students are classified as undergraduate students up to and including the semester they complete 144 units, until their bachelor’s degree is conferred, or until they receive a research or teaching assistant award, whichever comes first. Transfer units and all units completed at USC, including both undergraduate- and graduate-level course work, will be counted toward the 144-unit limit. Transfer course work not being applied as either subject-specific requirements or free electives toward the bachelor’s degree may increase the 144-unit threshold, which determines when a student transitions from undergraduate status to graduate status.
Step 1: Download the Revised Course Plan form and complete it. If you decide to print and complete the form then ensure you do so in pen and not pencil.
Step 2: After completing the form you should meet with your advisor(s) who will review and approve your Revised Course Plan. Please note that If you have not yet completed your Undergraduate degree you will need to meet and seek the approval (signature) of your Undergraduate advisor. However if you have already completed your undergraduate degree then you will only need to meet with and seek the approval (signature) of your Graduate advisor.
Step 3: Check to make sure that your Revised Course Plan form has been completed correctly (forms completed in pencil, with crossings out or white out will not be accepted) with the appropriate signatures. If everything is completed correctly then submit your Revised Course Plan form to Viterbi Graduate Admissions, email@example.com.