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MSCEEVL Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (VLSI DESIGN)

MSEEVL - Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (VLSI DESIGN)

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 must be earned on all course work applied toward the MS, Engineer or PhD degrees. This average must also be achieved on all 400-level and above course work attempted at USC beyond the bachelor’s degree, whether or not it is applied toward the degree. Courses with grades of C- or below cannot be counted for graduate credit. The following descriptions of degree requirements should enable students to develop a study program that will both meet educational objectives and satisfy graduation requirements. The University Catalogue is the document of authority for basic degree requirements.
Note: Any Non-Electrical Engineering Course needs Prior Approval from the EE Faculty Advisor, Prof. Jerry Mendel.
The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (VLSI) is earned by successfully completing the normal requirements for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, with the following additional required courses: EE 536a; EE 577a; EE 577b or EE 536b; and EE 552. If a student chooses to take EE 536b as well as EE 577b, the student may either count EE 536b as one of the courses for Area 2 or EE 577b as one of the courses for Area 1 or Area 3. (described below).
The student must also take two courses from one of the following areas and one course from a second area:
  • Area 1: CSCI 455x, EE 560, EE 577b (see above), EE 658, EE 680 and EE 681.
  • Area 2: EE 448, EE 504L, EE 536b (see above), EE 537 and EE 630.
  • Area 3: CSCI 455x, CSCI 570, EE 557, EE560, EE 577b (see above), EE 659, EE 677.

Thesis Option

The minimum requirement is 27 units; four of these units are to be thesis.  At least 16 units, not including thesis, must be at the 500 level or higher, and at least 18 units must be in the major department.  A total 4-8 units of 590 Research and 594ab Thesis must be included in the program.  The minimum thesis requirement in 594a is two units; in 594b, two units.



Students are encouraged to seek academic advice from faculty every semester during their regular office hours and during registration week (the week before classes begin). Please take a copy of your completed USC course work or an OASIS transcript to your advisement session to help faculty determine the right academic path for you. Advisement is not mandatory for d-clearance and registration.
Students must satisfy the degree requirements (outlined above) for the degree program in which they are admitted. Students will be held to all pre-requisites as they appear in the university catalog unless they have been specifically waived by a faculty member or the appropriate placement exam has been passed.
For approval of transfer credit, waiver of pre-requisites, waiver or substitution of degree requirements, or approval of courses taken outside the department of Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, please see EEB 102 for a special request form. This will be submitted to the faculty for a decision.
New Students
Faculty signatures are not required for d-clearance.
All pre-requisites must be satisfied by either
  1. Taking the appropriate classes
  2. Passing appropriate placement exams or
  3. Filing a special request form in EEB 102
Please come to EEB 102 if you have questions.

  1. Plan your course selection for the entire MS program.
  2. Identify all the prerequisites for all core courses and electives of interest: a) if you have taken a prerequisite course elsewhere, clear the placement test; b) or, plan on taking that prerequisite course early in your program.
  3. It is recommended that you prioritize taking courses using the following criteria: 1) prerequisite courses first; 2) Core courses; and 3) technical electives offered infrequently.
  4. Take into account in your planning that not all courses are offered every semester; some courses may even be offered only once a year.
  5. Note that very few courses are available during summer term.
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