May 27, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Electrical Engineering (MS)

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A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be earned on all course work applied toward the master’s degree in electrical engineering. This average must also be achieved on all 400-level and above course work attempted at USC beyond the bachelor’s degree and through an accumulation of no more than 12 units beyond the minimum needed for the specific degree program. Transfer units count as credit (CR) toward the master’s degree and are not computed in the grade point average.

In addition to the general requirements of the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is also subject to the following requirements: (1) a total of at least 28 units is required; (2) every non-EE course for graduate credit requires prior written adviser approval recorded each semester on a special request form in the student’s department file; (3) no more than three courses (maximum 12 units) may be counted at the 400-level - at least 19 adviser-approved units must be taken at the 500- or 600-level; (4) at least 20 units must be taken in electrical engineering, those not in EE require written adviser approval and must be technical in nature; (5) a maximum of eight units of EE 599  Special Topics courses may be counted toward the MSEE; (6) at most, 4 units of EE 590  (Directed Research) and 1 unit of seminar, EE 598  (or other seminar with adviser approval), may be counted toward the MSEE; (7) units to be transferred (maximum 4 with adviser approval) must have been taken prior to taking classes at USC - interruption of residency is not allowed. Curricular Practical Training units do not count toward the 28 required units in the MSEE program.

Students following the MS Thesis Option must have at least 16 units at the 500 level and take EE 594a  and EE 594b . A maximum of 2 units for EE 590  may be counted in conjunction with EE 594a  and EE 594b  registrations. 

Aerospace Controls Option

The aerospace controls option is available as an area of emphasis for MSEE students interested in learning to apply innovative control techniques to aerospace control problems. In addition to 20 approved units of electrical engineering courses, students in this option will take at least two of the following aerospace and mechanical engineering courses:

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