Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

USC GRADUATE APPLICATION
 
Graduates of the MS in Electrical Engineering will have the professional skills necessary to compete effectively in a world of rapid technological change as well as to assume leadership roles within industrial, entrepreneurial, academic, or governmental environments in the broad context of electrical engineering.

The Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering is known for research and academic leadership in innovative areas such as: adaptive and reconfigurable mixed signal integrated circuits; antenna networks; bio-signal processing; computer architecture; very-large-scale integration (VLSI) and computer-aided design (CAD); computer networks; control systems; high speed switching architectures; signal, image and multimedia processing; nanotechnology; optical communications; photonics; and quantum information processing.


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 for the general MS in Electrical Engineering degree
  • Minimum number of units in electrical engineering: 20 units
  • All non-EE course work must be approved in advance of taking it
  • in order for the course to be counted toward the MS degree – please see this link for more information on non-EE course work
  • Minimum number of units in the Viterbi School of Engineering: 21 units
  • No more than 3 courses (12 units maximum) 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 3.0 is required for graduation
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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
Visit our Application Deadlines page for more information.


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.
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 (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.


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.

Degree Requirements
Minimum number of units in electrical engineering: 18 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.  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.
Electrical Engineering Courses Available on DEN@Viterbi
5 Courses should be taken from one of the following areas – 15-18 units total.
Computer Networks and Computer Systems Performance Area
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks (3 units)
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization (4 units)
EE 532 | Wireless Internet and Pervasive Computing (3 units)
EE 550 | Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks (3 units)
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures (3 units)
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems (4 units)
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications (4 units)
CSCI 555 | Advanced Operating Systems (4 units)
Computer Systems Architecture Area
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization (4 units)
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems (3 units)
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture (3 units)
EE 567 | Communication Systems (3 units)
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems (4 units)
Communications Area
EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering (3 units)
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks (3 units)
EE 470 | Electromagnetics II (3 units)
EE 535 | Mobile Communications (3 units)
EE 550 | Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks (3 units)
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures (3 units)
EE 558 | Optical Fiber Communication Systems (3 units)
EE 562 | Random Processes in Engineering (3 units)
EE 564 | Digital Communication and Coding Systems (4 units)
EE 565 | Information Theory and Compression (3 units)
EE 567 | Communication Systems (3 units)
Controls Area
EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering (3 units)
EE 482 | Linear Control Systems (3 units)
EE 543aL | Digital Control Systems (3 units)
EE 562 | Random Processes in Engineering (3 units)
EE 563 | Estimation Theory (3 units)
EE 585 | Linear System Theory (3 units)
Design and Implementation of Digital Circuits (VLSI) Area
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization (4 units)
EE 477L | MOS VLSI Circuit Design (4 units)
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture (3 units)
EE 577a | VLSI System Design (3 units)
EE 577b | VLSI System Design (3 units)
EE 581 | Mathematical Foundations for Computer-Aided Design of VLSI Circuits (3 units)
EE 658 | Diagnosis and Design of Reliable Digital Systems (3 units)
EE 680 | Computer-Aided Design of Digital Systems I (3 units)
CSCI 455x | Introduction to Programming Systems Design (4 units)
CSCI 570 | Analysis of Algorithms (4 units)
Electric Power Systems Area
EE 443 | Introduction to Power Systems (3 units)
EE 444 | Power Systems Technology (3 units)
EE 513 | Solid State Energy Devices (3 units)
EE 521 | Power Systems Analysis and Design (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)
EE 527 | Net-Centric Power-System Control (3 units)
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor (3 units)
Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits Area
EE 477L | MOS VLSI Circuit Design  (4 units)
EE 479 | Analog and Non-Linear Integrated Circuit Design (4 units)
EE 536a | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design (4 units)
EE 536b | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design (4 units)
EE 537 | Modern Solid-State Devices (3 units)
EE 541 | Radio Frequency Filter Design (3 units)
EE 544 | Radio Frequency Systems and Hardware (3 units)
EE 577a | VLSI System Design (3 units)
EE 577b | VLSI System Design (3 units)
Optics / Photonics Area
EE 470 | Electromagnetics II (3 units)
EE 513 | Solid State Energy Devices (3 units)
EE 529 | Optics (3 units)
EE 537 | Modern Solid-State Devices (3 units)
EE 570a | Advanced Electromagnetic Theory (3 units)
Signal and Image Processing Area
EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering (3 units)
EE 483 | Introduction to Digital Signal Processing (3 units)
EE 517 | Statistics for Engineers (4 units)
EE 519 | Speech Recognition and Processing for Multimedia (3 units)
EE 559 | Mathematical Pattern Recognition (3 units)
EE 562 | Random Processes in Engineering (3 units)
EE 563 | Estimation Theory (3 units)
EE 569 | Introduction to Digital Image Processing (4 units)
EE 583 | Adaptive Signal Processing (3 units)
EE 585 | Linear System Theory (3 units)
EE 596 | Wavelets (3 units)
EE 669 | Multimedia Data Compression (3 units)
Telecommunication Systems Area
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks (3 units)
EE 544 | Radio Frequency Systems and Hardware (3 units)
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures (3 units)
EE 558 | Optical Fiber Communication Systems (3 units)
EE 567 | Communication Systems (3 units)
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor (3 units)
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