M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


Admission requirements follow the general admission rules for aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate programs. For admission requirements, refer to Viterbi Graduate Degrees and Requirements at USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering prepares the student to practice engineering at an advanced level in a specialization within mechanical engineering and to recognize the benefit of solving problems using expertise from other engineering disciplines. Students improve their skills in setting up and solving problems by using contemporary tools and leveraging interaction with peers.


The program of study depends upon the student’s interests and background. The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering program requires completion of a minimum of 27 units, with at least 18 units at the 500 level, and  a 3.0 GPA overall. A minimum of 15 units must be AME 500-level courses including applied mathematics course. See details below.

  • 4 units of Applied Mathematics Coursework. Choose from:
    • AME 525 Linear Algebra in Engineering Science (4 units)
    • AME 526 Partial Differential Equations for Engineering Applications (4 units)
    • AME 540 Probability and Statistics in Engineering Science (4 units)
  • 11 units 500-level courses in the AME department
  • Remaining units to add to 27 can be from approved 400 or 500 elective courses
    • Elective courses may be from AME, Math, Physics, or other Engineering Departments (ASTE, BME, CE, CHE, CSCI, DSCI, EE, ENE, ENGR, ISE, ITP, MASC, PTE, SAE)
  • No more than 9 units at the 400 level
  • No more than 3 units of AME 590 Directed Research can be taken as elective credit

In addition to the general requirements listed in the catalogue, the department has identified requirements in several areas of optional specializations. Core requirements and elective requirements are defined for each area of specialization below. Note that specializations are not designated on transcripts or diplomas.


*Note that listed core and elective units below may not add up to 27 for some specializations. Courses listed are either 3 or 4 units. Remaining units can be chosen in area of specific interest to the student in accordance with the requirements listed above.

Requirement Common to All Areas Of Specialization is AME 525 Engineering Analysis.

Published on March 10th, 2017

Last updated on June 7th, 2024