Undergraduate Admission

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Graduate Admission

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Financial Aid

Degree Requirements

For details on individual programs offered by the Department of Astronautical Engineering, see Academics or the USC Catalogue.

Graduate Admission Information

Admission Requirements for ASTE Graduate Degrees

Admission to ASTE graduate degrees (M.S., Engineer and Ph.D.) is based on the totality of the applicant's record, which includes grade point average (GPA), the results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and three letters of recommendation.

An applicant to the Ph.D. program must, in addition, secure the agreement of a faculty member to serve as the research advisor. Typically this requires the tentative choice of a topic for the Ph.D. research.

Deadlines for graduate admission

Fall semester:

  • For financial aid: December 15
  • For admission to the Ph.D. program: December 15
  • For admission to the M.S. and Engineer programs: January 15

Spring semester: October 1 (all graduate programs)

Summer semester: February 1 (all graduate programs)

Along with the application, the following items must be submitted:

  • Official transcript(s) of all college and university courses taken
  • Results of the GRE test
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test results (international students only)
  • Three letters of recommendation

All official transcripts should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission (the address is given to the right).

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to the M.S. ASTE program.

The Astronautical Engineering Department requires the general GRE. The GRE must have been taken within five years of the application date.

TOEFL (international students only): All international students whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting their TOEFL score. (Note that the TOEFL test must be taken within two years of the application date.)

International students are required to take the International Student Exam (ISE) upon admission and prior to registration. The results of the ISE determine whether or not a student must enroll in English language courses at the American Language Institute (ALI) at USC. However, a student is considered to be proficient and is excused from taking the ISE if one of the following is true:

  • A score of at least 100 on the TOEFL iBT, with at least 20 in each section, is achieved.
  • The student holds a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the language of instruction and the only official language of the country. The entire program must be completed in the qualifying country. (Please note: a graduate degree from a U.S. college or university does not exempt students from taking the ISE exam.)
  • The student's native language is English. This applies to native English speakers from countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec) where English is both the only official language of the country and the language of instruction.

Recommendation Letters: Please provide three professional letters of reference (former instructors, supervisors, professional colleagues, advisors, etc.) to be filed through the on-line application process.

Mailing addresses

Office of Graduate Admission
University of Southern California
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

University of Southern Calfornia

Department of Astronautical Engineering
3650 McClintock Ave, OHE 500Q
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1451

Please note that verification and processing of materials by the Office of Graduate Admission may take four to six weeks.


Luis Saballos   
Assistant Director of Student Affairs
Office: OHE-500Q
Tel. 213-821-4234

Published on March 2nd, 2017

Last updated on October 17th, 2023