University of Southern California (Viterbi)

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (Comp. Fluid & Solid Mechanics) Engineering Management
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (Dynamics & Control) Financial Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Green Technologies
Astronautical Engineering Industrial and Systems Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Master of Science in Computer Science (Technical Professionals)
Biomedical Engineering (Med. Imaging & Img. Informatics) Master of Science in Cyber Security
Chemical Engineering Materials Engineering
Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering) Mechanical Engineering
Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering) Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion)
Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems) Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering
Civil Engineering (Water and Waste Management) Nuclear Power
Computer Engineering Operations Research Engineering
Computer Science Petroleum Engineering
Computer Science (Computer Security) Petroleum Engineering (Geoscience)
Computer Science (Multimedia & Creative Technologies) Petroleum Engineering (Smart Oilfield Technologies)
Computer Science (Software Engineering) Product Development Engineering
Construction Management Systems Architecting and Engineering
Electrical Engineering Astronautical Engineering (Graduate Certificate)
Electrical Engineering (Computer Networks) Electrical Engineering (Engineer's Degree)
Electrical Engineering (Electric Power) Smart Oilfield Technologies (Graduate Certificate)
Electrical Engineering (Multimedia & Creative Tech) Software Architecture (Graduate Certificate)
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) Systems Architecting and Engineering (Graduate Certificate)
Electrical Engineering (VLSI Design)
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Online and on-campus students are admitted according to the same criteria and receive instruction from the same faculty members. Online and on-campus class sections meet simultaneously and are seamlessly integrated. In our environment, “online learning” means technology-enabled campus classrooms custom-built to feature some of the most state-of-the-art technology available in online learning. Online sections have specific enrollment capacities to ensure proper academic support is provided.

School type Private
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in engineering degree programs 45
Concentrations offered
Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Environmental/Environmental Health
Bioengineering/Biomedical Industrial/Manufacturing
Chemical Materials
Civil Mechanical
Computer Engineering Mining
Computer Science Nuclear
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Petroleum
Engineering Management

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 213

Faculty

Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 107 full-time; 79 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 94% full-time; 76% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 81
Average experience teaching online courses 7 years
National Academy of Engineering members 4%
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 24 full-time; 62 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 44
Maximum class size 125

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Encouraged but not mandatory
Students enroll as online students Yes, but can apply to switch course enrollment to campus-based
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All

Retention

One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates

Graduation

Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.5 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree 5 years

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