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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Multimedia & Creative Technologies)

Program Description: 

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering (Multimedia & Creative Technologies) is an area of emphasis for the electrical engineering student interested in the field of multimedia research.

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.

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 (Multimedia & Creative Technologies) degree
  • Fundamental Coursework: 9 units
  • Approved Electives: 18 units
  • No more than 4 units of electives can be taken outside of the Viterbi School of Engineering
  • 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

All courses are required - 9 units total.
EE 483 | Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
EE 519 | Speech Recognition and Processing for Multimedia
EE 569 | Introduction to Digital Image Processing

Approved Electives

No more than 4 units of electives can be taken outside of the Viterbi School of Engineering - 18 units total.
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks

EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures

EE 577a | VLSI System Design

EE 596 | Wavelets

EE 619 | Advanced Topics in Automatic Speech Recognition
EE 669 | Multimedia Data Compression
CSCI 455 | Introduction to Programming Systems Design
CSCI 551 | Computer Communications
CSCI 571 | Web Technologies
CSCI 574 | Computer Vision
CSCI 576 | Multimedia Systems Design
CSCI 585 | Database Systems