Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Graduates of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering will have the professional skills necessary to compete effectively in a world of rapid technological change as well as to assume leadership roles within industrial, entrepreneurial, academic or governmental environments in the broad context of electrical engineering.

The Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is known for research and academic leadership in innovative areas such as: adaptive and reconfigurable mixed signal integrated circuits; antenna networks; bio-signal processing; computer architecture; very-large-scale integration (VLSI) and computer-aided design (CAD); computer networks; control systems; high speed switching architectures; signal, image and multimedia processing; nanotechnology; optical communications; photonics; and quantum information processing.

Career Options

A variety of career opportunities exist, but primarily in the areas of:

  • Systems Design
  • Broadcast Technology
  • Professional Communications
  • Industrial & Power Electronics
  • Power Engineering
  • Computer Architecture
  • Nanotechnology
  • Circuits
  • Computer Networks
  • Multimedia Processing
  • Microelectronics
  • Control and Traditional Energy Systems

Program Courses of Interest*

Computer Networks and Computer Systems Performance Area

EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
EE 532 | Wireless Internet and Pervasive Computing
EE 550 | Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems
CSCI 551| Computer Networking
CSCI 555 | Advanced Operating Systems

Computer Systems Architecture Area

EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture
EE 567 | Communication Systems
CSCI 402 | Operating Systems

Communications Area

EE 401 | Transform Theory for Engineers
EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering
EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks
EE 470 | Electromagnetics II
EE 535 | Mobile Communications
EE 550 | Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks
EE 555 | Broadband Network Architectures
EE 558 | Optical Fiber Communication Systems
EE 562a | Random Processes in Engineering
EE 564 | Communication Theory
EE 565a | Information Theory
EE 567 | Communication Systems
EE 568 | Error Correcting Codes

Controls Area

EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering
EE 482 | Linear Control Systems
EE 543 | Digital Control Systems
EE 562a | Random Processes in Engineering
EE 563 | Estimation Theory
EE 585 | Linear System Theory

Design and Implementation of Digital Circuits (VLSI) Area

EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
EE 477 | MOS VLSI Circuit Design
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture
EE 577a | VLSI System Design
EE 577b | VLSI System Design
EE 581 | Mathematical Foundations for Computer-Aided Design of VLSI Circuits
EE 658 | Diagnosis and Design of Reliable Digital Systems
EE 680 | Computer-Aided Design of Digital Systems I
CSCI 455 | Introduction to Programming Systems Design
CSCI 570 | Analysis of Algorithms

Electric Power Systems Area

EE 443 | Introduction to Power Systems
EE 444| Power Systems Technology
EE 513 | Solid State Energy Devices
EE 521 | Power Systems Analysis and Design
EE 524 | Transients in Power Systems
EE 525 | Power System Protection
EE 526 | Renewable Energy in Power Systems
EE 527 | Net-Centric Power-System Control
CE 501 | Functions of the Constructor
CE 515 | Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits Area

EE 477 | MOS VLSI Circuit Design
EE 479 | Analog and Non-Linear Integrated Circuit Design
EE 536a | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
EE 536b | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
EE 537 | Modern Solid-State Devices
EE 541 | Radio Frequency Filter Design
EE 544 | Radio Frequency Systems and Hardware
EE 577a | VLSI System Design
EE 577b | VLSI System Design

Optics/Photonics Area

EE 470 | Electromagnetics II
EE 513 | Solid State Energy Devices
EE 529 |Optics
EE 537 | Modern Solid-State Devices
EE 570a | Advanced Electromagnetic Theory

Signal and Image Processing Area

EE 401 | Transform Theory for Engineers
EE 441 | Applied Linear Algebra for Engineering
EE 483 | Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
EE 517 | Statistics for Engineers
EE 519 | Speech Recognition and Processing for Multimedia
EE 559 | Mathematical Pattern Recognition
EE 562a | Random Processes in Engineering
EE 563 | Estimation Theory
EE 569 | Introduction to Digital Image Processing
EE 583 | Adaptive Signal Processing
EE 585 | Linear System Theory
EE 596 | Wavelets
EE 669 |Multimedia Data Compression

Telecommunication Systems Area

EE 450 | Introduction to Computer Networks
EE 485 | Telecommunications Technology
EE 544 | Radio Frequency Systems and Hardware

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