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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering
For admission consideration, Master of Science (M.S.) and Engineer's degree, candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or recognized institution in a related engineering field, science or mathematics. Applications are recommended to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of3.00 on a 4 point scale (or the equivalent for international applicants) and satisfactory GRE scores on the General Test. Candidates for admission to the Engineer degree must have a GPA of a least 3.2 from a qualifying master's program, in addition to the above requirements. Ph.D. applicants must have a superior gpa, at least 3.5 in most departments; superior GRE scores; a personal statement of academic and research goals; demonstrated ability and experience in performing scholarly research; and three letters of recommendation. Deadlines for Masters programs are January 15 for the following Fall semester and September 15 for Spring. Deadlines for the Ph.D. programs are December 15 for the following Fall; and September 15 for Spring.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

For M.S.: Applications are recommended to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4 point scale (or the equivalent for international applicants) and satisfactory GRE scores on the General Test. For Engineer degree: minimum GPA of 3.0 for bachelor's degree; 3.2 for master's degree and satisfactory GRE scores. For Ph.D. degree: minimum GPA of 3.5 for bachelor's degree and/or master's degree ; superior scores on GRE test; demonstrated ability to perform original scholarly research. A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation are required for admission to the Ph.D. program, along with a statement of purpose and prior research experience.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Additional requirements include TOEFL or IELTS

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

The requirements are the same as U.S. residents

Residency Requirements

4 semester units may be transferred toward an MS degree or Engineer degree from another institution with advisor approval; the remaining units must be taken in residency. A maximum of 30 units from a qualifying Master's degree may be transferred toward the Ph.D. degree; at least 24 units plus dissertation units must be taken in residency at USC.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

At most 4 units may be transferred toward an MS degree at USC from another institution. All other units must be taken at USC.
For the Engineer degree 26 of 30 units must be taken at USC. At least 24 units, including dissertation, must be taken at USC for the Ph.D. degree.