MS in Biomedical Engineering - Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018
Application to this program is only available for the fall semester

The MS in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics) is a unique degree that prepares you for a career in biomedical imaging, image processing and medical imaging informatics, including Picture Archiving & Communication Systems (PACS). This degree will prepare you for a career in any of the following:

  • Medical imaging and health information industry
  • Military healthcare system
  • General healthcare industry including hospital enterprise, HMO, and private enterprise. The MSBME program is also suitable for you if you intend to continue in graduate school or medical school.
  • Healthcare entrepreneur
  • Medical school

Topics covered include PACS application servers; digital-based tele-consultation with medical images; PACS-based CAD, informatics infrastructure of micro CT, MR, and PET; image-based neurosurgical Comm and Module; PACS simulator, image security in HIPAA environment, bone age assessment from a hand digital atlas; homeland defense strategies; medical simulation and modeling; data grid for image data disaster recovery; Cyberknife information system for brain tumor treatment, DICOM-based radiotherapy information system, and much more.

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 29 units is required for the MS in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Imaging and Imaging Informatics) degree
  • Required Courses: 23 units (7 Courses)
  • Elective Courses: 6 units (2 Courses)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
Detailed Program Curriculum and RequirementsSchedule of Classes

Fall 2018 (scholarship consideration)December 15
Fall 2018 (FINAL)January 17, 2018*
*DEN@Viterbi Applicants: Please contact to request an application extension for Fall 2018.
Visit our Application Deadlines page for more information.


  • 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.


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 describe succinctly 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 (3 Required): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.


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.


Academic Year
Per Unit Rate
3-unit Course
4-unit Course
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019


Fee Description
Fee Amount
Mandatory Fees (approximate)
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
Health Insurance
Fall 2017: $646
Spring 2018: $1,170
Norman Topping Student Aid Fee
ENGR Computing Access Fee (On-Campus students)
ENGR Computing Access Fee (DEN@Viterbi students)
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


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 Courses
All courses are required – 23 units total.
BME 501 | Advanced Topics in Biomedical Systems (4 units)
BME 513 | Signal and Systems Analysis (3 units)
BME 525 | Advanced Biomedical Imaging (3 units)
BME 527 | Integration of Medical Imaging Systems (3 units)
BME 528 | Medical Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Informatic Applications (3 units)
BME 535 | Ultrasonic Imaging (3 units)
EE 569 | Introduction to Digital Image Processing (4 units)
Elective Courses
2 courses required – 6 units total.
BME 416 | Development and Regulation of Medical Products (3 units)
BME 502 | Advanced Studies of the Nervous System (3 units)
BME 511 | Physiological Control Systems (3 units)
BME 650 | Biomedical Measurement and Instrumentation (3 units)
*Graduate students who wish to take 400-level BME courses must seek prior approval from the professor.
CSCI 530 | Security Systems (4 units)
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications (4 units)
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks (3 units)
EE 464 | Probability Theory for Engineers  (3 units)
EE 559 | Mathematical Pattern Recognition  (3 units)
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