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USC University of Southern California

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Program Description

Graduates of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering will have the professional skills necessary to compete effectively in a world of rapid technological change as well as to assume leadership roles within industrial, entrepreneurial, academic or governmental environments in the broad context of electrical engineering.

The Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering is known for research and academic leadership in innovative areas such as: adaptive and reconfigurable mixed signal integrated circuits; antenna networks; bio-signal processing; computer architecture; very-large-scale integration (VLSI) and computer-aided design (CAD); computer networks; control systems; high speed switching architectures; signal, image and multimedia processing; nanotechnology; optical communications; photonics; and quantum information processing.

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.
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. They should be written on official letterhead.
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 degree.
Minimum number of units in electrical engineering: 18 units (those not in EE are subject to written advisor approval and must be technical in nature).
Minimum number of units in the Viterbi School of Engineering: 21 units.
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.
To achieve a degree of breadth in their program, students are encouraged to take two technical courses outside their area of specialization but within EE.
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.

Degree Requirements
Minimum number of units in electrical engineering: 18 units (those not in EE are subject to written advisor approval and must be technical in nature).  Minimum number of units in the Viterbi School of Engineering: 21 units.  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.

Electrical Engineering Courses Available on DEN@Viterbi

5 Courses should be taken from one of the following areas - 15 units total.
Computer Networks and Computer Systems Performance Area
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
EE 532 | Wireless Internet and Pervasive Computing
EE 550 | Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications
CSCI 555 | Advanced Operating Systems
Computer Systems Architecture Area
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture
EE 567 | Communication Systems
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems
Communications Area
EE 401 | Transform Theory for Engineers
EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks
EE 470 | Electromagnetics II
EE 535 | Mobile Communications
EE 550 | Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures
EE 558 | Optical Fiber Communication Systems
EE 562a | Random Processes in Engineering
EE 564 | Communication Theory
EE 565a | Information Theory
EE 567 | Communication Systems
EE 568 | Error Correcting Codes
Controls Area
EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering
EE 482 | Linear Control Systems
EE 543 | Digital Control Systems
EE 562a | Random Processes in Engineering
EE 563 | Estimation Theory
EE 585 | Linear System Theory
Design and Implementation of Digital Circuits (VLSI) Area
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
EE 477 | MOS VLSI Circuit Design
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture
EE 577a | VLSI System Design
EE 577b | VLSI System Design
EE 581 | Mathematical Foundations for Computer-Aided Design of VLSI Circuits
EE 658 | Diagnosis and Design of Reliable Digital Systems
EE 680 | Computer-Aided Design of Digital Systems I
CSCI 455 | Introduction to Programming Systems Design
CSCI 570 | Analysis of Algorithms
Electric Power Systems Area
EE 443 | Introduction to Power Systems
EE 444 | Power Systems Technology
EE 513 | Solid State Energy Devices
EE 521 | Power Systems Analysis and Design
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
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor
CE 515 | Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits Area
EE 477 | MOS VLSI Circuit Design
EE 479 | Analog and Non-Linear Integrated Circuit Design
EE 536a | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
EE 536b | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
EE 537 | Modern Solid-State Devices
EE 541 | Radio Frequency Filter Design
EE 544 | Radio Frequency Systems and Hardware
EE 577a | VLSI System Design
EE 577b | VLSI System Design
Optics / Photonics Area
EE 470 | Electromagnetics II
EE 513 | Solid State Energy Devices
EE 529 | Optics
EE 537 | Modern Solid-State Devices
EE 570a | Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
Signal and Image Processing Area
EE 401 | Transform Theory for Engineers
EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering
EE 483 | Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
EE 517 | Statistics for Engineers
EE 519 | Speech Recognition and Processing for Multimedia
EE 559 | Mathematical Pattern Recognition
EE 562a | Random Processes in Engineering
EE 563 | Estimation Theory
EE 569 | Introduction to Digital Image Processing
EE 583 | Adaptive Signal Processing
EE 585 | Linear System Theory
EE 596 | Wavelets
EE 669 | Multimedia Data Compression
Telecommunication Systems Area
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks
EE 485 | Telecommunications Technology
EE 544 | Radio Frequency Systems and Hardware
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures
EE 558 | Optical Fiber Communication Systems
EE 567 | Communication Systems
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor
CE 515 | Sustainable Infrastructure Systems