MS in Electrical Engineering - Electric Power

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

USC GRADUATE APPLICATION
 
The electric power industry is presently experiencing what has been described as the most revolutionary (and exciting) set of technological changes since the days of Edison. Apart from environmental pressures that demand a revised portfolio of energy resources, utilities are anticipating the development of a so-called “smart grid” that promises new opportunities for efficient and reliable use of electric power. The skills that electric power engineers will require are changing accordingly.

The MS in Electrical Engineering (Electric Power) is a program option for students seeking careers in the electric power industry. The plan of study combines traditional topics in power generation, transmission, and distribution with cutting-edge topics such as the integration of renewable energy sources in the “smart grid.”


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 Electrical Engineering (Electric Power) degree
  • Required courses: 15 units
  • Approved Elective courses: 12 units
  • Other Elective courses may be used upon department approval
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APPLICATION DEADLINES

SEMESTERDEADLINE
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
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APPLICATION CRITERIA

  • 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 required 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
USC GRADUATE APPLICATION

APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

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


ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

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.


TUITION

Academic Year
Per Unit Rate
3-unit Course
4-unit Course
Fall 2016 - Summer 2017
$1,845
$5,535
$7,380
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
$1,937
$5,811
$7,748


TUITION & SAMPLE COURSE PLAN FOR 27 UNIT PROGRAM (Residential Students Only)

STUDENT FEES

Fee Description
Fee Amount
On-Campus
DEN@Viterbi
Mandatory Fees (approximate)
Fall 2017: $450
Spring 2018: $400
Health Insurance
Fall 2017: $646
Spring 2018: $1,170
Norman Topping Student Aid Fee
$8/semester
ENGR Computing Access Fee (On-Campus students)
$75/semester
ENGR Computing Access Fee (DEN@Viterbi students)
$35/semester
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
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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 Courses
All Courses Required – 12 units total.
EE 443 | Introduction to Power Systems (3 units)
EE 444 | Power Systems Technology (3 units)
EE 521 | Power System Analysis and Design (3 units)
SAE 515 | Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (3 units)
Elective Courses
Five courses required at least one from each area – 15 units total.
Transmission, Distribution, and Planning Area
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor (3 units)
EE 524 | Transients in Power Systems (3 units)
EE 525 | Power System Protection (3 units)
EE 526 | Renewable Energy in Power Systems (3 units)
High-Voltage Equipment and Design
EE 528 | Power Electronics (3 units)
Power-System Control and the Smart Grid
EE 527 | Net-Centric Power System Control (3 units)
EE 543aL | Digital Control Systems (3 units)
EE 585 | Linear System Theory (3 units)
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