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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computer Networks)

Program Description: 
The M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Networks) is an area of emphasis for the electrical engineering student interested in data networks.
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.

Application Materials for All Applicants

DEN@Viterbi Summer 2016 and DEN@Viterbi Fall 2016 Applicants: All applicants must complete and submit the USC Online Application. 

Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 Applicants: USC Online Application will be available July 1, 2016. Visit our Application Deadlines page for more information.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
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

English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission.  There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission - Proficiency in English.
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 M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Networks) degree
  • Minimum number of units in electrical engineering: 15 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
  • Fundamental Courses: 10-11 units
  • Required Courses: 9 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.
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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
Three Courses Required* - 10-11 units total.
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks (or EE 503)
EE 503 | Probability for Electrical and Computer Engineers (or EE 450)
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
*With the exception of EE 503, the fundamental courses may also be satisfied by having passed EE placement exams.
Required Courses
All courses required - 9 units total.
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications
EE 550 | Design & Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures
Suggested Elective Courses
Remaining courses should be taken from this list.  Any other course must be approved by a faculty advisor. 7-8 units total.
CSCI 530 | Security Systems
CSCI 555 | Advanced Operating Systems
CSCI 570 | Analysis of Algorithms
EE 512 | Stochastic Processing
EE 532 | Wireless Internet and Pervasive Computing
EE 535 | Mobile Communications
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture
EE 558 | Optical Fiber Communication Systems