How to Apply: Doctoral (PhD) Programs

Students who have completed or are in the process of completing a four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering, math or hard science may be eligible to apply for a Doctoral (PhD) program at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. 

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Doctoral Program Application Deadline

Fall 2021December 15*
*11:59 PM (23:59), Eastern Time

Doctoral Program Application Steps

Step 1

Start the Application for Graduate Admission ($90 application fee)

Step 2

TRANSCRIPTS: Upload Electronic Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A mailed hard copy or official e-transcript is not required for admission to our programs. These instructions apply only to applicants to the master's and Ph.D. programs of the Viterbi School of Engineering

    • Submit an electronic copy of official transcripts (.pdf recommended) and other degree related documents through the online graduate application (International applicants, visit USC Graduate Admission’s Country Requirements page for details on required documents)
    • Unofficial transcripts from university student portals are not acceptable
    • If the transcript includes a separate grading scale, make sure it is also uploaded
    • For upload purposes, all transcript related documents for a single school must be submitted as one document
  • If you are admitted, you will be given specific instructions on submitting your hard copy transcripts
Step 3

GRE General Test: (Update as of September 30 2020). Due to challenges that applicants may face in taking the GRE exam, the GRE exam will not be required for Summer and Fall 2021 applications to Viterbi School of Engineering graduate programs.

Questions about GRE exam can be found on the FAQ page.

Step 4

Submit the following materials through the online application system:

  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (3 required) from faculty members with direct knowledge of your research abilities. Recommenders included in the online application will be contacted by email. Your application may be submitted before letters of recommendations are received. The recommender module is separate.

International Students should also submit the following:


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