Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

USC GRADUATE APPLICATION
 
The MS degree in Aerospace Engineering is designed to give students exposure to at least two different areas of Aerospace Engineering through concentration and breadth requirements, while at the same time allowing students to pursue their interests through flexibility in the selection of technical electives.

Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings, and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.

  • A minimum of 27 units is required for the general MS in Aerospace Engineering degree
  • Required Engineering Analyses Courses: 6 units
  • Core Requirements from your Specialization Track: 3, 6, or 9 units
  • Recommended technical elective (at least one course): 3 units
  • Remaining units can be courses from technical electives within your selected program of study (consult and receive approval from a graduate advisor before enrolling in these courses)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
Detailed Program CurriculumUniversity Catalogue – Courses with DescriptionsSchedule of Classes
APPLICATION DEADLINES

SEMESTERDEADLINE
Fall 2018 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)December 15, 2017
Fall 2018 (Final Deadline)January 17, 2018
Spring 2019 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)August 31, 2018
Spring 2019 (Final Deadline)September 15, 2018
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APPLICATION CRITERIA

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering, math or hard science from a regionally-accredited university.
  • Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average)
  • Satisfactory GRE test scores. All scores must be officially reported to the university directly by ETS.
  • Satisfactory performance in previous coursework related to the intended major.
USC GRADUATE APPLICATION

APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

GRE General Test: Satisfactory and valid test scores. Valid GRE scores must be dated within five years of the start of the intended application semester. The fall semester starts in August, and the spring semester starts in January. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.

Resume/CV (Required)

Statement of Purpose (Required): The statement of purpose should succinctly describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.

Letters of Recommendation (Optional): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.


ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission. There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission – Proficiency in English.

The following is an overview of the tuition & fees for graduate engineering students. Both on-campus and DEN@Viterbi students pay the same tuition.


TUITION

Academic Year
Per Unit Rate
3-unit Course
4-unit Course
Fall 2016 - Summer 2017
$1,845
$5,535
$7,380
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
$1,937
$5,811
$7,748


TUITION & SAMPLE COURSE PLAN FOR 27 UNIT PROGRAM (Residential Students Only)

STUDENT FEES

Fee Description
Fee Amount
On-Campus
DEN@Viterbi
Mandatory Fees (approximate)
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
Health Insurance
Fall 2017: $646
Spring 2018: $1,170
Norman Topping Student Aid Fee
$8/semester
ENGR Computing Access Fee (On-Campus students)
$75/semester
ENGR Computing Access Fee (DEN@Viterbi students)
$35/semester
Exam Proctoring
$40 - $100 per course
Detailed Information on Tuition & Fees
This program is also available online to professional engineers through DEN@Viterbi. Because the DEN@Viterbi program provides a fully equivalent academic experience, the degree a USC engineering student earns is the same whether they are on-campus or online.

If you are interested in beginning classes as a DEN@Viterbi student next semester, explore the requirements and steps to enrolling as a Limited Status Student.

Learn More About DEN@Viterbi
Detailed Program Curriculum and RequirementsSchedule of Classes

DEN@VITERBI ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS

The following courses and program requirements serve as program planning for DEN@Viterbi students. Course offerings and availability are subject to change. Please consult with advisor if you have any questions.

Required Engineering Analysis Courses
All courses are required – 6 units total.
AME 525 | Engineering Analysis  (3 units)
AME 526 | Engineering Analytical Methods (3 units)
Required Core Specialization Track
One core specialization track must be selected – number of units vary by track.
Aerodynamics / Fluid Dynamics Specialization Track
Specialization Track Core Requirements
All courses are required for this track – 6 units total.
AME 511 | Compressible Gas Dynamics  (3 units)
AME 530a | Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids (3 units)
Specialization Track Electives
One course from this list is required for this track – 3 units total.
AME 457 | Engineering Fluid Dynamics (3 units)
AME 516 | Convection Processes  (3 units)
AME 530b | Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids  (3 units)
AME 535a | Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics  (3 units)
AME 537 | Microfluidics  (3 units)
Aerospace Control Specialization Track
Specialization Track Core Requirements
All courses are required for this track – 6 units total.
AME 532a | Flight Vehicle Stability and Control  (3 units)
AME 541 | Linear Control Systems II  (3 units)
Specialization Track Electives
One course is required for this track – 3 units total.
AME 545 | Modeling and Control of Distributed Dynamic Systems  (3 units)
AME 552 | Nonlinear Control Systems  (3 units)
ASTE 585 | Spacecraft Attitude Control  (3 units)
ASTE 586 | Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics  (3 units)
Aerospace Design Specialization Track
Specialization Track Core Requirement
This course is required for this track – 3 units total.
AME 527 | Elements of Vehicle and Energy Systems Design  (3 units)
Specialization Track Electives
All courses are required for this track – 6 units total.
AME 503 | Advanced Mechanical Design  (3 units)
ASTE 520 | Spacecraft System Design  (3 units)
Aerospace Structures Specialization Track
Specialization Track Core Requirement
This course is required for this track – 3 units total.
AME 529 | Aircraft Structures Analysis  (3 units)
Specialization Track Electives
AME 509 | Applied Elasticity or CE 507  (3 units)
AME 521 | Engineering Vibrations II  (3 units)
CE 541a | Dynamics of Structures  (3 units)
AME 559 | Creep  (3 units)
AME 560 | Fatigue and Fracture  (3 units)
CE 529a | Finite Element Analysis  (3 units)
CE 541a | Dynamics of Structures  (3 units)
Computational Fluid Dynamics Specialization Track
Specialization Track Core Requirement
All courses are required for this track – 6 units total.
AME 530a | Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids  (3 units)
AME 535a | Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics  (3 units)
Specialization Track Numerical Methods Elective
This course is required for this track – 3 units total.
AME 535b | Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics  (3 units)
Specialization Track Fluid Mechanics Electives
All courses are required for this track – 6 units total.
AME 457 | Engineering Fluid Dynamics  (3 units)
AME 511 | Compressible Gas Dynamics  (3 units)
Propulsion Specialization Track
Specialization Track Core Requirements
All courses are required for this track – 6 units total.
AME 511 | Compressible Gas Dynamics  (3 units)
AME 513 | Principles of Combustion  (3 units)
Specialization Track Electives
One course is required for this track – 3 units total.
AME 436 | Energy and Propulsion  (3 units)
ASTE 470 | Spacecraft Propulsion  (3 units)
AME 514 | Application of Combustion  (3 units)
CHE 530 | Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers  (3 units)
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