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Information for MS Students

Group Advisment

At the beginning of each semester SIPI group faculty hold group advising sessions. The purpose of this session is to address questions and issues common to a many new MSEE students. These sessions are held in other areas of interest as well (e.g., communications, VLSI, etc.) Check the EE Department Webpage for information regarding the schedule of these sessions. These sessions are also publicized through posters in EEB. These sessions is also a chance for you to ask questions and for us to discuss issues that have recently arisen, so you are encourages to attend.

Individual Advisment

While the group advising sessions are most efficent at getting new student aquainted with the EE program, students are encouraged to speak with professors individually for advisement. As a student, you are welcome to come to any professor's office hours to discuss anything you like - e.g., degree planning, career planning, etc.

Placement Exams 

The background of our incoming students varies significantly, so we give placement exams to determine whether or not a student should take certain courses at the start of our degree program. In signal and image processing, these classes are EE441 Linear Algebra, EE464 Probability and Random Variables. You cna check the course catalogue to see if you have had a class similar to this prior to arriving at USC. If you have, you should take the placement exam to demonstrate your knowledge. If haven't had such a class, you will need to take the class before moving on in the degree program.

Waivers for Prerequisites and/or Placement Exams 

These are not granted, so please do not ask for this from our faculty. The purpose of the placement exams and the prerequisite structure is to ensure that you learn as much as possible. If students enroll in classes that they are unprepared for, they do poorly or the material must be altered, which is unfair to the students who have prepared themselves.

Research and Funding

Students who have entered USC in the MSEE program without financial aid, can apply for positions as teaching assistants, graders, and/or research assistants. These positions are, however, highly competetive. The majority of these resourses are typically awarded to Ph.D. students and those intending to pursue the Ph.D. degree.