With an MS degree in Electrical Engineering, Hughes, TRW, or Qualcomm may hire you to design the next hot communication product. As the single largest employer in Southern California you could work behind the scenes at Universal Studios, Disney Animation Studio, Warner Brothers Digital Studio, Espectra, or Digital Domain holding a MS degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Multimedia and Creative Technologies. Or with the MS Computer Engineering degree, Intel, IBM or the entire Silicon Valley may be knocking at your door. A graduate degree from USC can be earned in one full year of study, and may include classes in Computer Science, Math, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Material Science as well as the excellent core Electrical Engineering courses. Advisor approval for all courses and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on all graduate course work taken at USC is required for graduation.
Please note that all degree programs are subject to change without notice. The Official USC Catalogue for the year you were admitted and begun taking courses is your official guide.
These checklists are provided for your convenience to assist with course planning. They do not substitute a degree check or STARS report. A degree check will be done when you submit an application for degree. Keep in mind that the University Catalog is the document of authority for degree requirements and policies.
These flowcharts organize all EE courses into "like areas." If you are pursuing the MSEE degree, 15 units (5 courses) should be taken from one flowchart. These charts are not degree programs. For specific degree programs please click on the degree program links at the top of this page.
Unless non-EE courses are included as part of your degree option (see Degree Checklists) you will need special permission to count non-EE courses toward the MSEE, CN, VL or MC degrees. Prior approval BEFORE registering is required.
Special Request Form
Preapproved Courses Outside of EE
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 of 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.