MS in Systems Architecting and Engineering

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018: September 15, 2017

Fall 2018: January 15, 2018

USC GRADUATE APPLICATION
 
The MS in Systems Architecting and Engineering program is recommended to graduate engineers and engineering managers responsible for the conception and implementation of complex systems. Emphasis is on the creative process by which these systems are conceived, planned, designed, built, tested, certified, used, and retired.

Engineers with several years of work experience will learn tools and approaches for making decisions in the technical environment of today’s corporations and institutions. The architecting experience can be applied to industries in defense, space, aircraft, communications, navigation, sensor, computer software, computer hardware, and commercial systems and activities. Industrial relevance is maintained through regular meetings with industry contacts and industry experienced instructors.

The Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in cooperation with the departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and the USC Marshall School of Business.

  • Specialization Tracks are available in the following areas:
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence/Neural Networks
  • Automation and Control Systems
  • Communication & Signal Processing Systems
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Construction
  • Engineering Management Systems
  • Integrated Media Systems
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Network-centric Systems
  • Software Process Architecture
  • Systems

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 30 units is required for the MS in Systems Architecting and Engineering degree
  • Required courses: 15 units
  • Technical management area elective course: 3 units
  • General technical area elective course: 3 units
  • Technical specialization area elective courses: 9 units
  • Minimum number of units in the Viterbi School of Engineering: 24 units
  • No more than 9 units at the 400-level may be counted toward the degree. Remaining units must be taken at the 500-level or above
  • No more than 6 units of Special Topics courses (499 or 599) may be counted towards the degree
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation
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APPLICATION DEADLINES

SEMESTERDEADLINE
Spring 2018 (scholarship consideration)August 31
Spring 2018 (FINAL)September 15
Fall 2018 (scholarship consideration)December 15
Fall 2018 (FINAL)January 15, 2018
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APPLICATION CRITERIA

    • An undergraduate degree in an 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.
    • A minimum of three years of industrial experience is highly recommended prior to taking Systems Architecting, Systems Engineering, and Design Experience courses. This program is not recommended for Bachelor’s Degree graduates without industrial experience.
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 30 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
$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
Every plan of study requires prior written approval by the director of the systems architecting and engineering program recorded on the study plan in the student’s file.
All courses required, students may take ISE 460 or SAE 560, SAE 547 or SAE 548 – 15 Units Total.
ISE 460 | Engineering Economy or SAE 560 (3 units)
SAE 560 | Economic Considerations for Systems Engineering or ISE 460 (3 units)
SAE 541 | Systems Engineering Theory and Practice (3 units)
SAE 542 | Advanced Topics in Systems Engineering (3 units)
SAE 547 | Model-Based Systems Architecting and Engineering or SAE 548 (3 units)
SAE 548 | Systems/System-of-Systems Integration and Communication or SAE 547 (3 units)
SAE 549 | Systems Architecting (3 units)
Elective Courses
Technical Management Area
One Advisor-approved Course Required – 3 Units Total.
CE 556 | Project Controls – Budgeting and Estimating (3 units)
ISE 515 | Engineering Project Management (3 units)
ISE 517 | Modern Enterprise Systems (3 units)
ISE 544 | Management of Engineering Teams (3 units)
ISE 562 | Value and Decision Theory (3 units)
ISE 585 | Strategic Management of Technology (3 units)
SAE 550 | Systems Architecting and the Political Process (3 units)
General Technical Area
One Advisor-approved Course Required – 3 Units Total.
CSCI 510 | Software Management and Economics (4 units)
CSCI 577ab | Software Engineering (4 units)
ISE 580 | Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulation (3 units)
SAE 543 | Case Studies in Systems Engineering and Management (3 units)
SAE 550 | Systems Architecting and the Political Process (3 units)
ISE 506 | Lean Operations (3 units)
Recommended Sample Technical Specialization Area Courses
Coures should be in the student’s present or intended technical specialty. Courses are intended to complement the student’s prior education and experience toward becoming a well-rounded systems architect-engineer or architect-manager. With a few exceptions, the courses should come from the recommended list, and usually all from a single specialization. – 9 Units Total.
Students may choose from a large variety of technical specializations spanning all departments in the Viterbi School of Engineering. Flexibility is emphasized in this choice; the program director is expected to work closely with the student in choosing the best set of courses to meet the student’s need.
Aerospace and Mechanical Systems – Sample Area
AME 503 | Advanced Mechanical Design (3 units)
AME 521 | Engineering Vibrations II (3 units)
AME 532a | Flight Vehicle Stability and Control (3 units)
AME 548 | Analytical Methods in Robotics (3 units)
AME 560 | Fatigue and Fracture (3 units)
AME 588 | Materials Selection (3 units)
Artificial Intelligence/Neural Networks – Sample Area
CSCI 561 | Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (4 units)
CSCI 564 | Brain Theory and Artificial Intelligence (3 units)
CSCI 574 | Computer Vision (3 units)
Automation and Control Systems – Sample Area
EE 543a | Digital Control Systems (3 units)
EE 585 | Linear System Theory (3 units)
EE 587 | Nonlinear and Adaptive Control (3 units)
EE 593 | Multivariable Control (3 units)
Communication and Signal Processing Systems – Sample Area
EE 551 | Principles of Radar (3 units)
EE 563 | Estimation Theory (3 units)
EE 564 | Communication Theory (4 units)
EE 567 | Communication Systems (3 units)
EE 583 | Adaptive Signal Processing (3 units)
Computer and Information Systems – Sample Area
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications (4 units)
CSCI 585 | Database Systems (4 units)
EE 552 | Asynchronous VLSI Design (3 units)
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems (3 units)
EE 658 | Diagnosis and Design of Reliable Digital Systems (3 units)
Construction – Sample Area
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor (3 units)
CE 525ab | Engineering Analysis (3 units)
CE 536 | Structural Design for Dynamic Loads (3 units)
CE 556 | Project Controls – Budgeting and Estimating (3 units)
Engineering Management Systems – Sample Area
ISE 515 | Engineering Project Management (3 units)
ISE 530 | Introduction to Operations Research (3 units)
ISE 544 | Management of Engineering Teams (3 units)
ISE 562 | Value and Decision Theory (3 units)
ISE 580 | Advanced Concepts in Computer Simulation (3 units)
ISE 585 | Strategic Management of Technology (3 units)
SAE 550 | Systems Architecting and the Political Process (3 units)
Integrated Media Systems – Sample Area
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks (3 units)
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures (3 units)
EE 569 | Introduction to Digital Image Processing (4 units)
EE 596 | Wavelets (3 units)
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications (4 units)
CSCI 574 | Computer Vision (3 units)
CSCI 576 | Multimedia Systems Design (4 units)
CSCI 585 | Database Systems (4 units)
Manufacturing Systems – Sample Area
AME 588 | Materials Selection (3 units)
ISE 514 | Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling (3 units)
ISE 517 | Modern Enterprise Systems (3 units)
ISE 544 | Management of Engineering Teams (3 units)
ISE 570 | Human Factors in Engineering (3 units)
Network-centric – Sample Area
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems (4 units)
CSCI 530 | Security Systems (4 units)
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications (4 units)
CSCI 555 | Advanced Operating Systems (4 units)
CSCI 577ab | Software Engineering (4 units)
EE 550 | Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks (3 units)
Software Process Architecture – Sample Area
CSCI 510 | Software Management and Economics (4 units)
CSCI 577b | Software Engineering (4 units)
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems (3 units)
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture (3 units)
ISE 544 | Management of Engineering Teams (3 units)
ISE 562 | Value and Decision Theory (3 units)
ISE 564 | Performance Analysis (3 units)
Systems – Sample Area
ISE 515 | Engineering Project Management (3 units)
ISE 520 | Optimization: Theory and Algorithms (3 units)
ISE 525 | Design of Experiments (3 units)
ISE 527 | Quality Management for Engineers (3 units)
ISE 528 | Advanced Statistical Aspects of Engineering Reliability (3 units)
ISE 532 | Network Flows (3 units)
ISE 536 | Linear Programming and Extensions (3 units)
ISE 538 | Elements of Stochastic Processes (3 units)
ISE 544 | Management of Engineering Teams (3 units)
ISE 562 | Value and Decision Theory (3 units)
ISE 580 | Performance Modeling and Simulation (3 units)
ISE 585 | Strategic Management of Technology (3 units)
SAE 541 | Systems Engineering Theory and Practice (3 units)
SAE 542 | Advanced Topics in Systems Engineering (3 units)
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