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. Doctoral applicants should also have demonstrated research ability and experience.
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Doctoral Program Application Material Requirements
* A USC MS satisfies the PhD English language requirements. Anyone applying for a PhD with a USC MS does not need to take a TOEFL or IELTS
Doctoral Program Application Deadline
|*11:59 PM (23:59), Eastern Time|
|Fall 2019||December 15*|
|Deadline to submit the Statement of Intent||May 1, 2019|
NOTE: The application for USC Viterbi graduate programs for Fall 2020 will be available starting JULY 1, 2019
Doctoral Program Application Steps
Start the Application for Graduate Admission ($90 application fee)
Submit the following materials through the online application system:
- Transcripts – upload scanned copies of official (university-issued) transcripts
- 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.
- Statement of Purpose outlining your academic and professional goals
Submit official GRE General Test scores directly from ETS. The USC ETS code is 4852 (no department code needed).
International Students should also submit the following:
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