Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

VLSI Design

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering (VLSI Design) is an area of emphasis for the electrical engineering student interested in the current and expanding field of VLSI circuit design.

USC began teaching electrical engineering more than a century ago, when the field was widely considered a subset of physics. Today our work is vitally important and critical to the advancement of the information age. As our department charges into its second century of excellence, we are defining the forefront of research in a number of important areas. These include: circuits; antenna networks; bio-signal processing; computer architecture; very large-scale integration and computer-aided design; computer networks; control systems; high-speed switching architectures; signal, image and multimedia processing; nanotechnology; optical communications; photonics; and quantum information processing.

Among our distinguished faculty are the visionary leaders of the university, including USC President Max Nikias and President Emeritus Steven Sample. We are also proud to claim Qualcomm and Linkabit co-founder Andrew J. Viterbi as a faculty member; the engineering school bears his name, and this year Viterbi received the National Medal of Science and was a Millennium Prize Laureate. Our department is also home to thirteen other National Academy of Engineering members.

Career Options

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

Courses of Interest – Across all Electrical Engineering graduate degree programs*

CSCI 455 | Introduction to Programming Systems Design
CSCI 570 | Analysis of Algorithms
EE 457 | Computer Systems Organization
EE 477 | MOS VLSI Circuit Design
EE 479 | Analog Integrated Circuit Design
EE 536a | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design
EE 536b | Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design (or EE 577b)
EE 537 | Modern Solid State Devices
EE 540 | Introduction to Quantum Electronics
EE 552 | Asynchronous VLSI Design
EE 554 | Real Time Computer Systems
EE 557 | Computer Systems Architecture
EE 577a | VLSI System Design
EE 577b | VLSI System Design (or EE 536b)
EE 581 | Mathematical Foundations for CAD of VLSI Circuits
EE 658 | Diagnosis & Design of Reliable Digital Systems

*Click here for a complete list of program requirements.

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Highlighted Electrical Engineering Faculty

Michael Chen, PhD Michael Dubois, PhD
Petros A. Ioannou, PhD