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Kristian Jessen

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USC University of Southern California

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Electric Power)

Program Description

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.”

Application Info

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.
  • One year each in biology and chemistry with labs.
Apply Online: www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/apply

Application Materials for All Applicants

USC Online Application: All applicants must complete and submit the USC Online Application.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, sealed by the institution.

Mail transcripts to:

USC Graduate Office of Admission
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If Sending via a private carrier such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. Mail transcripts to:

University of Southern California Office of Admission & Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street
Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

GRE General Test: Satisfactory scores less than five years old. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not 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. They should be written on official letterhead.
Statement of Purpose (Required): The statement of purpose should describe succinctly 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 Application Materials for International Applicants

TOEFL: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL exam or IELTS to be considered a candidate for admission.  There is no minimum TOEFL score required for admission to the Viterbi School; however you must achieve a score of 90 or above on the TOEFL in order to be considered for possible exemption from any additional language requirements.

Program Details

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.

Available Online

This program is also available online to professional engineers through the Distance Education Network (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

More information about DEN@Viterbi

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 - 15 units total.
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor
CE 515 | Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
EE 443 | Introduction to Power Systems
EE 444 | Power Systems Technology
EE 521 | Power System Analysis and Design
Elective Courses
Four courses required - 12 units total.
EE 513 | Solid State Energy Devices
EE 524 | Transients in Power Systems
EE 525 | Power System Protection
EE 526 | Renewable Energy in Power Systems
EE 527 | Net-Centric Power System Control