The Master of Science in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in Dynamics and Control educates and trains multidisciplinary professionals in the modeling, analysis, simulation and control of complex time-evolutionary systems. The program provides the graduate student with a broad, well-rounded, advanced education that can be applied to many specific, technologically advanced fields in which dynamics and control play a pivotal role. It is a program of study that encompasses advanced analytical dynamics, nonlinear dynamical systems, linear and nonlinear dynamics and vibrations, and linear and nonlinear control. The program equips students to apply their knowledge to a variety of complex systems encountered in nature and society, especially those in civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied mechanics.
Admission requirements follow the general admission rules for aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate programs. For admission requirements, refer to Viterbi Graduate Degrees and Requirements at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The program requires completion of a minimum of 27 units, with at least 18 units at the 500 level, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for graduation. Students will be given advisement in the first semester of their study. In addition to engineering analysis (AME 525 or AME 526) students are required to take five core courses covering engineering vibrations, nonlinear dynamical systems and chaos, advanced engineering dynamics, linear control systems, and nonlinear control systems. Elective courses can be chosen in areas of specific interest to the student such as orbital dynamics, spacecraft control, aircraft dynamics and control, chaos and chaotic dynamics, random vibrations, computer control of mechanical systems and robotics. Information on the current approved courses that comprise these core and elective requirements is available from the department Website ame.usc.edu.