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PhD Applicants


Students who have completed a four-year Bachelor's degree (or International equivalent) may apply for a Viterbi Engineering PhD program. (Some programs may give preference to applicants with a Master's degree.)

The Fall application deadline with funding consideration is December 15th.

Application Checklist

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • Application Fee payment
  • Transcript Request - Bachelor's Degree Granting Institution, with transcripts attached, from the institution at which you earned (or will earn) your Bachelor's degree (or International equivalent)
  • Transcript Requests for ALL other colleges attended
  • A report of your scores on the GRE General Test sent by ETS to USC
  • International Applicants:
    • A photocopy of the first two pages of your passport.
    • A report of your scores on the TOEFL sent by ETS to USC.
    • Required official copies of materials from non-U.S. schools vary from country to country. More information is available on the Graduate & International Admissions office webpages.
    • The International Students Confidential Financial Statement of Support. (If you plan to bring family members with you, be certain to complete that section of the form.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (ideally from faculty members that can address both your academic excellence and research experience)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Any additional supplemental application materials that may be required by the department. 

 Please refer to the department websites for more information.