Master of Science in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

This MS in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for the development of medical devices and diagnostic techniques, including aspects of medical product regulation and of product development. The course of study requires successful completion of 28 units of course work and has been designed to be completed in three semesters of full-time study. Students in the program will complete a 19-unit core and must select a 6-unit specialization (or “track”) and one elective from a list provided by the department.

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 28 units is required to earn the MS in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering degree.
  • Required Courses: 19 units
  • Technical Elective Course: 3 units
  • Track Courses: 6 units
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation.
Detailed Program Curriculum and RequirementsSchedule of Classes

Fall 2019 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)December 15, 2018
Fall 2019 (Final Deadline)January 15, 2019*
Spring 2019 (Scholarship Consideration Deadline)August 31, 2018
Spring 2019 (Final Deadline)September 15, 2018
*Applicants Interested in Online Delivery: 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:
    • Two years of college math including differential equations.
    • One year of engineering physics or electronics with lab.
  • In addition, the following coursework is recommended:
    • One course in circuit theory.
    • One course in computer science or experience with a high level programming language.
    • One year each in biology and chemistry with labs.


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 – 19 units total – students may choose either BME 501 or BME 502.
BME 501 | Advanced Topics in Biomedical Systems OR BME 502 (4 units)
BME 502 | Advanced Studies of the Nervous System OR BME 501 (4 units)
BME 513 | Signal and Systems Analysis (3 units)
BME 650 | Biomedical Measurement and Instrumentation (3 units)
BME 416 | Development and Regulation of Medical Products (3 units)
ISE 527 | Quality Management for Engineers (3 units)
ISE 545 | Technology Development and Implementation (3 units)
Technical Elective
1 course required – 3 units total.
AME 503 | Advanced Mechanical Design (3 units)
BME 511 | Physiological Control Systems (3 units)
BME 535 | Ultrasonic Imaging (3 units)
ISE 507 | Six-Sigma Methods and Applications (3 units)
ISE 508 | Health Care Operations Improvement (3 units)
ISE 544 | Management of Engineering Teams (3 units)
Required Specialization Track (3 units)
Students must complete 6 units from one of the required specialization tracks.
Medical Technology and Device Science Track
BME 535 | Ultrasonic Imaging (3 units)
BME 552 | Neural Implant Engineering (3 units)
Product Development Track
ISE 515 | Engineering Project Management (3 units)
DEN@Viterbi students completing this specialization will substitute ISE 555 (not available online) with a department approved alternative.
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