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International Accelerator Program

Electrical Engineering (ME/MS)

You could develop new medical devices or create the next generation of smart phones or advanced nanotechnologies. USC’s Electrical Engineering program combines research and coursework to provide a strong foundation for an exciting career.

 At USC, you can work in outstanding laboratories and specialize in a variety of fields, such as:

  • Power electronics
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Wireless communication applications
  • Millimeter-wave integrated circuits
  • Electronic packaging

Students have the option of either an ME (Master of Engineering) or MS (Master of Science) degree. Pursuing an MS degree requires completing a thesis.


Admission Details

Requirement  Direct Master's Accelerator Advanced MAster's Accelerator
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5)
TOEFL 80  74 (no sub-score below 16)
GRE Required


Qualifying Undergraduate Degrees Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in electrical engineering, from an accredited university.
Additional Requirements  3.0 GPA equivalent in all math courses taken
Students must have successfully passed College level computer programming course: One of the following languages (C++, MATLAB, or Python)
Strongly recommended: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations.
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring

Math Self-Evaluation

Engineering programs require a high level of math proficiency. For those programs, students will be required to complete a Math Self-Evaluation and declare that they meet the minimum proficiency standard.

Upon completion of the evaluation, fill out this Declaration Form and submit with application. 

All Engineering degree programs require a 3.0 GPA equivalent in all math courses taken.

Sample Coursework

  • Engineering Analysis (exclusively for Master’s Accelerator students)

Note: "Closed" is a course student will take their designated MAP cohort of international students. The course is not open to domestic students.


Progression Details

ME or MS Electrical Engineering

Program Credits Earned Towards Degree Progression Requirements
Direct Master's Accelerator  9 Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program 
Advanced Master's Accelerator  6 - 9

3.0 GPA with no degree course grade lower than a B

Successful completion of English language courses, Professional Development and Analytical Skills workshops, seminars and modules.

And be accepted by a faculty thesis advisor after completing a faculty interview.*

*Students pursuing an MS degree only

Pre-Sessional English  Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English Program course content and approval from the Master’s Accelerator team. 

Total Credits Required for degree: 30

Tuition Costs 

For information regarding tuition and fees, please see the Costs Overview


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