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The following information outlines the Tuition and Fees for students taking master's level programs at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. If you are interested in continuing education courses, please visit Professional Programs for pricing information.

FALL 2015 - SUMMER 2016

The following section provides an overview of tuition and fees for a master's student in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering (both residential and DEN@Viterbi). Please visit the USC Schedule of Classes for detailed information on tuition and fee rates for all USC students.

Course       Per Unit Cost       Total Per 3 Unit Course
500-level and above       $1,774       $5,322
Note: Estimate $150-200 for textbooks/software per course.                

 Fee Information

Residential Students


DEN@Viterbi Students

For detailed fee information, please visit the USC Schedule of Classes.

Here is a printable PDF of a typical Tuition & Fees Breakdown for one of our 27 unit Master's programs.


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

  • Course related Fees:
      • Engineering Access Fee: $35 (per course)
      • Norman Topping Student Aid Fund: $8 (per semester)
  • Exam Proctoring:
      • Approximately $40-$100 for 2 exams per course

Note, effective Fall 2012 the DEN Fee will no longer be assessed to off-campus course sections. Visit the DEN Fee Update below for more information.

Health Insurance and Health Center Fee

  • Mandatory Health Insurance

    All USC Online Degree Program students enrolled in 6 or more units will now be automatically enrolled in the USC Student Health Insurance Plan. All international students are automatically enrolled, even if they are taking less than 6 units.  Students must actively attend classes online for at least the first 31 days after the date for which coverage is purchased, or the insurance will be cancelled. The health insurance premium will be added to your USC fee bill. The University offers the USC Student Health Insurance Plan through Aetna Student Health, underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company (ALIC) and administered by Chickering Claims Administrators, Inc. (CCA).   For an overview of the insurance plan, go to 

  • Criteria for Waiving the Student Health Insurance Plan & Health Fee

    If you are already enrolled in a comprehensive health insurance plan that meets USC’s insurance requirements, students have the opportunity to request a waiver online. If you do not request a waiver within 45 days from the date of this email, the insurance charge will remain on your account for the semester and cannot be waived after this deadline. Please note that you only need to request a waiver once a year in the Fall.

    To submit your online waiver request, “opting out” of the USC Student Health Insurance Plan, you must:

    • Wait 5 to 7 business days after registering for classes (a system requirement).
    • Read over the waiver criteria at
    • To begin the waiver request, login to your student myUSC Account.
    • Click on the Oasis icon on the right hand side.
    • Click on Other Services, then Student Health Insurance.

    This will bring you to the Aetna Student Health online waiver request system. 

Tuition Refund Insurance Option

Tuition refund insurance offers the unique benefit of a 100% refund of term tuition and fees when a student is forced to withdraw for medical reasons.

Payment Information

    Methods of Payment (USC Student Financial Services)
    Check Account Balance (enter your 10-digit student ID with your 6-digit birth date as your password)

DEN Fee Update

Effective fall 2012, the $500 DEN fee will no longer apply to off-campus course sections. In addition to the removal of the DEN fee, residential and off-campus tuition is now equivalent. 

The Viterbi School has moved in creating a technology-enhanced classroom experience for all master’s students. This has allowed residential master’s students to access the same e-learning infrastructure, delivery technologies, note capturing services and interactive tools that were designed and developed for the DEN student. With blended residential and off-campus master’s programs, DEN students participate and engage in master’s programs at the same level of academic rigor, integrity and evaluation as residential students.

The tuition and fee updates will result in a minimal change in the final educational cost for the DEN student. DEN students will continue to receive the full scope of student services, academic advisement, enrollment, homework processing, exams coordination and technology support.