Graduation requires completion of 26 units, according to the required course schedule outlined below. None of the NIIN courses may be waived or substituted for other courses in the USC Catalogue. This program is intended to be completed within one academic year although a two year part-time option is available. Graduation does not include a requirement for a master's thesis. However, interested students may obtain research experience concurrent with classwork, subject to approval of available faculty research mentors.