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Master's Program

USC has choices for students with undergraduate ISE degrees or degrees in related fields. All choices give students the education they need within a short period of time. Full-time students can complete master degrees in three semesters or less; part-time students in five semesters or less. This page details available degrees for masters students, including students applying for subsequent admission to the Doctoral Program. For more extensive information such as course requirements for the USC Industrial and Systems Engineering Department Master's Program, you can download the Master's Program Handbook (pdf). If you are interested in information about the Doctoral Program, please visit the USC ISE Ph.D. Program's homepage.


Viterbi School Admissions

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering provides its 3,300 graduate students with advanced studies in over 25 fields. The Epstein ISE Department offers eight Master of Science degrees.


Master of Science Degrees

The Master of Science in Engineering Management prepares students for project leadership in technology-driven organizations delivering a wide array of goods and services.  Many Engineering Management courses are offered at night and through the Distance Education Network, so students can enroll while continuing employment. (Open to grads from all engineering and technical majors)

The Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering prepares students to become technical leaders in industrial engineering. Many Industrial and Systems Engineering courses are offered at night and through the Distance Education Network, so students can enroll while continuing employment. (Primarily for students who have an undergrad degree in industrial engineering, production engineering or equivalent)

The Master of Health Systems Management Engineering is a joint program with the School of Policy, Planning and Development’s Master of Health Administration Program that prepares students for process improvement roles in the health care industry, particularly hospitals and health management organizations. Many courses are offered at night and/or through the Distance Education Network, so students can enroll while continuing employment. (Open to graduates from all engineering and technical majors. Students with applied social science backgrounds should complete the Master of Health Administration degree.)

The Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering/Master of Business Administration dual degree program is for students who want an extended graduate program with depth in both business and engineering. Normally, earning two such degrees would require completing at least 84 units of courses and as many as 93 units, depending on the amount of coursework relevant to both programs.  This special dual degree option requires 66 units to complete. Students must apply separately to the Epstein ISE Department and the Marshall School of Business. Students must be admitted to both programs in order to pursue the dual degree option.

The Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering educates students in modern manufacturing methods and control systems. (Primarily for students with undergrad degrees in industrial, manufacturing, mechanical, or production engineering)

The Master of Science in Operations Research Engineering trains students in solving business problems with computers and mathematics. Many Operations Research Engineering courses are offered at night and through the Distance Education Network, so students can enroll while continuing employment. (Open to graduates from all engineering and technical majors)

The Master of Science in Product Development Engineering is a joint program with the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department that prepares engineers to become leaders in engineering design and new product development. Many Product Development Engineering courses are offered at night and through the Distance Education Network, so students can enroll while continuing employment.

The Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering is a flexible program for students who want to customize their curriculum in systems engineering. The degree is especially well suited for students who have several years of work experience and are preparing to move into engineering management in systems intensive environments. All Systems Architecting and Engineering courses are offered at night and through the Distance Education Network, so students can enroll while continuing employment. (Open to graduates from all engineering majors)


Engineer Degree

The Engineer degree is an advanced graduate degree awarded under the jurisdiction of the Viterbi School of Engineering, and is intended for students who intend to deepen their skills by continuing their coursework beyond the normal requirements for an M.S. degree, but who do not wish to complete the research requirements of the Ph.D.