MS in Electrical Engineering - Computer Networks

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

The MS in Electrical Engineering (Computer Networks) is an area of emphasis for the electrical engineering student interested in data networks.

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 MS in Electrical Engineering (Computer Networks) degree
  • Minimum number of units in electrical engineering: 15 units (those not in EE are subject to written advisor approval and must be technical in nature)
  • Minimum number of units in the Viterbi School of Engineering: 21 units
  • Fundamental Courses: 10-11 units
  • Required Courses: 9 units
  • No more than 9 units at the 400 level may be counted toward the degree. The remaining units must be taken at the 500 or 600 level
  • To achieve a degree of breadth in their program, students are encouraged to take two technical courses outside their area of specialization but within EE
  • 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.


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)
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.
Statement of Purpose (Optional): 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.


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.

Fundamental Courses
Three Courses Required* – 10-11 units total.
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems (4 units)
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks (or EE 503) (3 units)
EE 503 | Probability for Electrical and Computer Engineers (or EE 450) (4 units)
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization (4 units)
*With the exception of EE 503, the fundamental courses may also be satisfied by having passed EE placement exams.
Required Courses
All courses required – 9 units total.
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications (4 units)
EE 550 | Design & Analysis of Computer Communication Networks (3 units)
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures (3 units)
Suggested Elective Courses
Remaining courses should be taken from this list.  Any other course must be approved by a faculty advisor. 7-8 units total.
CSCI 530 | Security Systems (4 units)
CSCI 555 | Advanced Operating Systems (4 units)
CSCI 570 | Analysis of Algorithms (4 units)
EE 512 | Stochastic Processing (3 units)
EE 532 | Wireless Internet and Pervasive Computing (3 units)
EE 535 | Mobile Communications (3 units)
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems (3 units)
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture (3 units)
EE 558 | Optical Fiber Communication Systems (3 units)
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