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Progressive Degree Program
MSL Degree

Set yourself apart with an understanding of how laws impact your chosen field by earning a progressive degree. In as little as five years, you will earn both a bachelor's degree in your field and a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree.

The program is designed for individuals who want to gain an understanding of legal and compliance issues that will impact their future careers as entrepreneurs, business owners, administrators, scientists, engineers, educators, advocates, activists and more.

Fine tune your knowledge in law by completing the coursework to earn your master's with additional specialized certificates in Compliance and Business Law for the same number of units it takes to earn the MSL.

Jump ahead of your peers! Apply theoretical knowledge and basic research skills acquired as an undergraduate to practical applications of the professional world.

(Note, the MSL is not intended for the student who wishes to go on to law school and practice law.)

Do I qualify?

To apply to the Progressive Degree Program (PDP), you must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 (during application and throughout program).
  • Have completed 64 units since high school graduation.
  • Submit your 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.)
  • Apply in your junior year.

How to Apply

  1. Download the Application Form
  2. Make an appointment with the Advisor of Gould School of Law to draft a Proposed Course Plan.
  3. Review the proposed course plan with your Major's undergraduate Advisor.
  4. Obtain signatures from your current undergraduate department Chair and Dean (include an updated STARS report and two letters of recommendation).
  5. Bring all signed documents including an updated STARS report and two letters of recommendation to the Law Advisor.
  6. Your Law School Advisor will be responsible for submitting the approved application and Proposed Course Plan to the Degree Progress department.

Read more on the application process here: About the PDP Application

Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions (Fall/Spring)

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All USC undergraduate students admitted to our on campus MSL/PDP program will be considered automatically for merit scholarships. Those who are awarded a scholarship will be notified upon receiving after their course plan has been approved by USC Degree Progress and reviewed by the MSL Program staff. Scholarship awards are merit-based and range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Scholarships are only applied to a MSL/PDP student's account in the semester or semesters when he or she is enrolled in graduate law (MSL) classes only. Scholarship awards are not applied in semesters in which the student is enrolled in a mix of undergraduate classes and graduate law (MSL) classes.

"I've always love learning about the law, but was never sure I wanted practice as a lawyer. Knowing I wanted to start my own company and be an entrepreneur, I earned my MSL degree and a certificate in Business Law, which have made me feel more competent as I launch my production company. I've even recently filed paperwork with the State of California to register the business, and I'll know what I should be looking for when I do get legal counsel."

-Nathan Coker, MSL 2017

To get started on your application, contact: (Appointment required)

Javier Mulato, M.Ed.
Student Services Advisor
Office: 213-740-6314

Interested in learning more about the PDP MSL program? Reach out for more information or to attend one of our information sessions:

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