Progressive Degree Program

The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) gives continuing USC undergraduates another path to earning a Master’s degree from USC. If admitted, students have the option to start graduate-level classes during their junior or senior year and request a reduction in the units required for the Master’s degree, which allows students to earn the M.S. degree in an accelerated time frame. Please note that a unit reduction is not guaranteed and only available for some programs. The Progressive Degree Program must be completed within six years of a student's first undergraduate college course, whether taken at USC or in transfer.

The USC Viterbi Data Science Program offers a progressive M.S. degree for the following programs:

Students interested in the Master of Science in Computer Science should review this page instead.

Information about the Progressive Degree Program and application instructions can be found on the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's website:

Interested students should review the above mentioned materials in detail and make an appointment with their Academic Advisor to discuss their eligibility, the application process, and the required course plan.


CSCI and DSCI undergraduate students are automatically eligible to apply for the progressive degree program in any of the above programs. Non-majors across the university who are interested in a progressive master's in DSCI are also eligible to apply, but must meet appropriate prerequisite coursework. See FAQ below for more information.

Progressive Degree FAQ

Sample Course Plans and Program Information

Data Science PDP & Course Planning Presentation

Published on January 29th, 2024

Last updated on February 5th, 2024