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Dear Prospective Electrical Engineering Graduate Students,
Welcome to the Electrical Engineering Department at USC! We welcome you to browse our website  to learn about the various degree programs and policies and procedures of our graduate programs. Please browse through our website for other information about program requirements, how to apply, financial aid, frequently asked questions, guidelines to take courses etc.
Please go through our website and the University catalogue to learn about the graduate degree requirements. It is important to make sure that you take proper sequences of courses towards your degree. Our policy on taking any non-EE course is that prior approval must be obtained from the EE department for which there is a special form.
Some of our 500 level EE courses require the passing of placement exams before registration will be allowed. Placement exams in EE will be given usually a few days prior to registration and first day of classes. Please allow yourself enough time to arrive in order to take whichever exam you will need. Please see our placement exam website for specific information on each exam, including the times given.
Financial aid in terms of teaching and research assistantships is available only to PhD students, and all admitted PhD students are considered for such awards. The number of such awards is very limited, and therefore, the competition is very high for financial aid. Teaching assistantships are awarded by an evaluation committee to incoming students and are based on academic performance and faculty recommendations. Usually, teaching assistantships are awarded along with research assistantships. Research Assistantships are awarded by faculty members who have research projects.

We look forward to seeing you in the EE Department at USC.
Sandeep K. Gupta Eun Sok Kim
Chair, Electrical Engineering-Systems Chair, Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics