Master of Science Programs – Details
The MS Thesis Option is also available, following the above guidelines with the following additional conditions:
- minimum requirement of 27 units
- four (4) 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.
Second Master’s Degree
A graduate student who already holds a master’s degree from USC may apply up to 4 units toward a second master’s degree with the permission of the chair of the major department. All credit, including the transferred units, must be earned within seven calendar years.
For students who earned their first master’s degree at another institution, no coursework may be repeated from the first program of study and no unit credit from the first program of study may be counted toward the second master’s degree.
Students interested in achieving their Masters of Science degree online may do so by enrolling in our top ranked Distance Education Network (DEN) program. For more information regarding our DEN@Viterbi program, please click here.