How to apply

All applicants must complete and submit the USC Online Application.

Data Informatics and Spatial Informatics programs admit students for both fall and spring semesters. Cyber Security Engineering and Communication Informatics programs only admit students for the fall semester.

Application deadlines and instructions on how to apply can be found here.

December 15 for merit-based scholarship consideration, January 17 final application deadline.
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, sealed by the institution. Mail transcripts to:

USC Graduate Office of Admission
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915.

If Sending via a private carrier such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. Mail transcripts to:

University of Southern California Office of Admission & Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street
Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

Satisfactory scores less than five years old. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.
Letters of Recommendation (Optional): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study.
Statement of Purpose (Optional): The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.
In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL exam or IELTS to be considered a candidate for admission. There is no minimum TOEFL score required for admission to the Viterbi School; however you must achieve a score of 90 or above on the TOEFL in order to be considered for possible exemption from any additional language requirements. – See more at: