All Degree Options

Degree Options

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers a range of options for advancing your education in engineering or computer science.


Master's programs are course-based programs and typically take 1.5 to 2 years to complete. A thesis option can be requested for many programs at the end of the student's first semester.

Doctoral (PhD)

PhD programs are offered in each of the Viterbi School’s eight academic departments, and are suited for those interested in pursuing specific areas of research and/or teaching at a university level. The PhD program generally takes 5 - 6 years to complete, and we strive to fully fund each student.

Progressive Degree

The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) is an accelerated BS + MS program which enables USC undergraduate students to take graduate level coursework while earning their BS degree. This option is only available to USC undergraduate students.

Graduate Certificate

Graduate certificates are offered in a number of disciplines such as astronautics, software engineering, big data, and systems architecting & engineering. These programs require 5 courses to earn the certificate. Should you decide to apply for a Master’s program in the same discipline in the future, you are eligible to apply those courses from the certificate program to the Master’s program.

Note: Graduate certificate programs are listed with our Master's programs.

Online Delivery

The Viterbi School is a leader in the online delivery of graduate engineering programs. More than 40 of our Master’s programs can also be earned online – a suitable fit for students who may be employed full time and are interested in earning their Master’s degree part time. For more information, visit our DEN@Viterbi online option pages.

Published on August 13th, 2020

Last updated on August 21st, 2020