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MSEE Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

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MSEE Master of Science in Electrical Engineering


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.
  • A minimum of 27 units of course work (400 level and above).
    • At least 18 units in EE.
    • At least 18 units at the 500 level or above
    • At least 21 units in the School of Engineering
    • 15 units in an academically related area (see flowcharts)
    • No more than 3 (three) 400 Level courses may be counted towards the degree.
    • No more than 3 courses taken outside of the EE Department may be counted towards the degree. (Units taken outside Electrical Engineering must be approved in advance by our EE Faculty Advisor, Jerry Mendel, and must be substantive in content and related to the degree objective.)
  • MSEE w/ Thesis Option
    • At least 16 units, not including thesis, must be at the 500 level or above.
    • At least 18 units must be completed in EE
    • At least 4 and not more than 8 units of research (590) and thesis (594abz).
    • The minimum thesis requirement in 594a is two units; in 594b, two units.

The Thesis Committee Form can be found on the Graduate School Website. Form your thesis committee of three faculty members before writing your thesis. Approval to Submit Final Copy of Master’s Thesis must be signed by your committee to indicate successful defense of the thesis.



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 on 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 every three semesters.
  5. Note that very few courses are available during summer term.