Tuition & Fees Information


This page is for tuition and fee information for graduate degree seeking students in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Please select from the options below to view more:

Tuition Information

Both on-campus (residential) and online (DEN@Viterbi) students pay the same tuition. For graduate engineering and computer science current tuition is as follows:

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 & fees are subject to change without notice.


Sample course plans and estimated costs

Below are sample course plans for residential students. Total unit amounts correspond to individual master’s degree programs. For more information on individual master’s degree programs and unit requirements visit the Master’s program page.


Additional 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
*For a detailed breakdown of fees, visit USC’s Schedule of Classes.
**Fee for summer session is $35


Mandatory Health Insurance and Health Center Fee
All USC students enrolled in 6 or more units are automatically enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan. All international students are automatically enrolled, even if they are taking less than 6 units.

The health insurance premium is added to the USC fee bill

Waiving the Student Health Insurance Plan & Health Center Fee – Visit the USC Engemann Student Health Center’s page on Insurance Waivers if you are already enrolled in a comprehensive health insurance plan that meets USC’s insurance requirements.


Students registering in DEN@Viterbi course sections will be assessed the following:


Norman Topping Student Aid Fee
In 1970, USC students elected to assess themselves a mandatory fee each semester to support the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, which provides scholarships for low-income students.


ENGR Computing Access Fee
The ENGR Computing Access Fee is charged each semester of enrollment for various computing resources including access to email accounts, computing tools, and other technology systems.


Mandatory Health Insurance and Health Center Fee
All USC students enrolled in 6 or more units are automatically enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan

  • DEN@Viterbi students must actively attend classes for at least the first 31 days after the date for which coverage is purchased, or the insurance is cancelled.
  • The health insurance premium is added to the USC fee bill.
  • Waiving the Student Health Insurance Plan & Health Center Fee –  Visit the USC Engmann Student Health Center’s page on Insurance Waivers if you are already enrolled in a comprehensive health insurance plan that meets USC’s insurance requirements.

PAYMENT

USC students may pay their tuition and fees online, via wire transfer or using a payment plan. Details can be found on USC Student Financial Service’s Methods of Payment page. You can also Check Your Account Balance through the On-line Academic Student Information System (OASIS). The username is your USC ID number and the default password is your 6-digit date of birth (month/day/year, with no punctuation).

USC also provides a Tuition Refund Insurance option that enables students to receive a 100% refund of term tuition and fees if they are are forced to withdraw for medical reasons.