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The construction field spans the elements of construction technology, construction engineering, and project management, making effective construction engineering highly complex. In many cases, it requires a profound awareness of the technical, economic, and political environment. The Construction Engineering graduate program at USC covers the most current theories and practices needed by the construction engineering professional. It is taught by faculty who hold particular prominence in the field and is complemented by the instructional programs of the Marshall School of Business and the Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering.
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 to earn the MS in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering degree
- Required Courses: 18 units
- Elective Courses: 9 units (elective courses must be pre-approved by a department advisor)
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation
|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|
|*DEN@Viterbi Applicants: Please contact DEN@Viterbi.usc.edu to request an application extension for Fall 2018.|
- An undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics 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.
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 (2 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.
Per Unit Rate
|Fall 2016 - Summer 2017|
|Fall 2017 - Summer 2018|
TUITION & SAMPLE COURSE PLAN FOR 27 UNIT PROGRAM (Residential Students Only)
|Mandatory Fees (approximate)|
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
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)|
$40 - $100 per course
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
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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 Core Courses|
|All courses are required – 18 units total.|
|Students must take either CE 462, CE 469, or CE 470.|
|CE 462 | Construction Methods and Equipment OR CE 469 OR CE 470 (3 units)|
|CE 469 | Sustainability OR CE 462 OR CE 470 (3 units)|
|CE 470 | Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practice OR CE 462 OR CE 469 (3 units)|
|CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor (3 units)|
|CE 502 | Construction Accounting and Finance (3 units)|
|CE 556 | Project Controls-Budgeting and Estimating (3 units)|
|CE 566 | Project Controls-Planning and Scheduling (3 units)|
|Students must take either CE 506 or CE 557|
|CE 506 | Heavy Construction Estimating OR CE 557 (3 units)|
|CE 557 | Advanced Building Estimating OR CE 506 (3 units)|
|Elective courses selected after consultation with an advisor – 9 units total.|
|CE 412 | Contracts and Specifications (3 units)|
|CE 525b | Engineering Analysis (3 units)|
|CE 559 | Strategic Planning in Construction Engineering (3 units)|
|CSCI 455 | Introduction to Programming Systems Design (3 units)|
|ISE 530 | Introduction to Operations Research (3 units)|