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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (VLSI Design)

Program Description

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering (VLSI Design) is an area of emphasis for the electrical engineering student interested in the current and expanding field of VLSI circuit design.

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 previous coursework related to the intended major.
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 (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 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 for the general MS in Electrical Engineering (VLSI Design) degree.
Fundamental Courses: 12 units
3 required VLSI Design elective courses: 9-11 units (Students must take 2 courses from one of the three areas and 1 course from a second area).
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.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation.

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.

Fundamental Courses

All courses are required with either EE 536b or EE 577b - 12 units total.
EE 536a | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
EE 577a | VLSI System Design
EE 536b | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design (or EE 577b)
EE 577b | VLSI System Design (or EE 536b)
EE 552 | Asynchronous VLSI Design
Required Courses
Two courses from one area and one course from another area required - 9-11 units total.
Area 1
CSCI 455 | Introduction to Programming Systems Design

EE 577b | VLSI System Design

EE 658 | Diagnosis & Design of Reliable Digital Systems

Area 2

EE 536b | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
EE 537 | Modern Solid State Devices
EE 581 | Mathematical Foundations for CAD of VLSI Circuits

Area 3
CSCI 455 | Introduction to Programming Systems Design
CSCI 570 | Analysis of Algorithms
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture
EE 577b | VLSI System Design
Suggested Elective Courses
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
EE 477 | MOS VLSI Circuit Design
EE 479 | Analog & Non-Linear Integrated Circuit Design
EE 540 | Introduction to Quantum Electronics
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems