DEN@Viterbi Scholarship

The DEN@Viterbi Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding students pursuing a master's program online via DEN@Viterbi.

Scholarship recipients must pursue their entire program fully online via DEN@Viterbi and receive partial, or no, tuition reimbursement funds from their employer. Awards are partial scholarships ranging from 1-4 units of tuition. Partial scholarships in varying amounts will be awarded to outstanding engineering professionals.

This scholarship must be utilized during the awarded academic year. Applicants can reapply each academic year for future scholarship consideration. (i.e. Fall 2021 DEN@Viterbi Scholarship recipients can reapply for Fall 2022).

Newly Admitted (or applicants to a master's program): must have at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from their degree-granting institution and must have applied to a USC Viterbi School of Engineering master's program as an online DEN@Viterbi student.

Continuing Students: online DEN@Viterbi continuing master's students are eligible and must have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA in their current academic program.

The Spring 2022 DEN@Viterbi Scholarship application is now closed. 

For questions, please email 

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the DEN@Viterbi Scholarship:

  • Applying or admitted to a USC Viterbi School of Engineering master's program and pursuing their degree program in its entirety as a DEN@Viterbi (online) student. The applicant must be admitted to their academic program before receiving a scholarship decision. 
  • Minimum GPA Requirement:
    • Newly Admitted (or applicants to a master's program): must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Continuing Students: online DEN@Viterbi continuing master's students must have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA in their current academic program
  • Applicant must work full-time and submit proof that their current employer provides either partial or no educational funding opportunities. If you've recently lost employment, or are currently unemployed, please reach out to for guidance on how to apply for this merit-based scholarship.
  • USC Viterbi Progressive Degree Program Students must be in the final year of their master's program and pursuing their courses fully online via DEN@Viterbi.
  • Evidence of leadership or accomplishments as cited by manager or supervisor within the applicant's organization.

Scholarship Guidelines

DEN@Viterbi Scholarship recipients must:

  • Take courses for credit only
  • Enroll in courses applicable towards their degree program
  • Maintain enrollment as a DEN@Viterbi (online) student

Application Instructions

Before submitting the DEN@Viterbi Scholarship application, you must have a USC Graduate Application on file for review or be a currently enrolled USC Viterbi master’s student. You must be formally admitted into the University as a DEN@Viterbi student before receiving a scholarship decision. 

Please submit the following:

  • Completed DEN@Viterbi Scholarship Application
    • Including a list of any academic honors and/or publications.
  • Personal Statement
    • The personal statement should succinctly describe the reasons for pursuing your intended program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the scholarship committee in its evaluation.
    • Continuing students who have previously applied for the DEN@Viterbi Scholarship should submit an updated personal statement.
  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Please submit unofficial transcript copies as part of your scholarship application. The scholarship committee does not have access to the transcripts submitted as part of your application for admission.
    • Current students or students who have taken courses via Limited Status enrollment must provide a copy of their STARS report.
  • Letter or Flyer indicating your current employer's partial tuition assistance policy
    • If no tuition assistance is available through your current employer, please attach a current letter from a direct manager or HR representative confirming that no tuition assistance is offered.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • One letter must come from a current manager or supervisor with direct oversight of your performance in the workplace.
  • Resume/CV

Published on September 1st, 2021

Last updated on November 16th, 2021