Master of Science in Materials Engineering

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

Students with an interest in the characterization, selection and processing of engineering materials, and in materials problems related to engineering design, may work toward a MS in Materials Engineering.
This degree is awarded in conformity with the general requirements of the Viterbi School of Engineering. Students may elect to work for this degree in either the Materials Science or Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering departments. The specific courses that constitute an acceptable program must be approved in advance by the administering 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 27 units is required for the general MS in Materials Engineering degree
  • Materials Science Courses: 18 units (must be approved by department)
  • Elective Courses: 9 units (must be approved by department)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 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 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.

Degree Requirements
This degree is awarded in conformity with the general requirements of the Viterbi School of Engineering. The specific courses that constitute an acceptable program must be approved in advance by Material Science Program.
Required Courses
6 courses required – 18 units.
AME 560 | Fatigue and Fracture, Cross-listed as MASC 560 (3 units)
MASC 440 | Materials and the Environment (3 units)
MASC 504 | Diffusion and Phase Equilibria (3 units)
MASC 505 | Crystals and Anisotropy (3 units)
MASC 523 | Principles of Electrochemical Engineering (3 units)
MASC 524 | Techniques and Mechanisms in Electrochemistry (3 units)
MASC 551 | Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials (3 units)
MASC 575 | Basics of Atomistic Simulation of Materials (3 units)
List of Approved Electives Available on DEN@Viterbi
Minimum number of elective courses – 9 units.
AME 503 | Advanced Mechanical Design (3 units)
AME 509 | Applied Elasticity (3 units)
AME 525 | Engineering Analysis (3 units)
AME 526 | Engineering Analytical Methods (3 units)
AME 577 | Survey of Energy and Power for a Sustainable Future (3 units)
AME 578 | Modern Alternative Energy Conversion Devices (3 units)
CE 507 | Mechanics of Solids I (3 units)
CE 529ab | Finite Element Analysis (3 units)
CE 546 | Structural Mechanics of Composite Materials (3 units)
CHE 501 | Modeling and Analysis of Chemical Engineering Systems (3 units)
EE 529 | Optics (3 units)
EE 537 | Modern Solid-State Devices (3 units)
ENE 505 | Energy and the Environment (3 units)
ISE 515 | Engineering Project Management (3 units)
ISE 525 | Design of Experiments (3 units)
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