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DISCLAIMERThis handbook is produced by the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as an unofficialguide to graduate studies in the department. The source for much of the information in this booklet is the USC Catalogue, thedocument of authority for all students of the University of Southern California. Degree requirements listed in the USCCatalogue supersede any information which may be contained in any bulletin of any school or department. The USCCatalogue is updated and published annually by the University of Southern California. Other sources for information containedin this booklet are the Viterbi School of Engineering Bulletin, the Schedule of Classes, and the SCampus. The student isreferred to these publications for the definitive answers to any questions whether or not they are covered in this booklet.Matters of department policy not covered in the above publications may be referred to the ISE Educational ServicesCoordinator or to the ISE Faculty.Although the University of Southern California, the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Daniel J. Epstein Department ofIndustrial and Systems Engineering have many resources to help each student achieve his/her desired education and traininggoals, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to see that all requirements for graduation are satisfied."Students are expected to be familiar with university policies and to monitor their own academic progress. They shouldkeep all records of official grades earned, degree requirements met, transfer credits accepted and actions taken on requestsfor substitutions or exceptions to university policies and regulations."--USC CatalogueFor additional information on USC or the Daniel J. Epstein Department ofIndustrial and Systems Engineering,go to 3Rev 8/1/2020

DANIEL J. EPSTEIN DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEEERINGIn today’s economy, successful graduates need to be skilled in technology, computing and business. To get these skills, there isno better major than Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), and there is no better place to study Industrial and SystemsEngineering than University of Southern California (USC). USC graduates Design and implement information systems to control supply chains, production equipment and business operations.Lead development projects for computers, software, communication equipment and bio-tech devicesManage technology workers in design firms, manufacturers, and service organizations, such as hospitals and airlines.Create human/computer interfaces and inventing technology to meet human needs.A graduate degree from USC’s Epstein Department enables students to enter careers in technology management, informationsystems, consulting, automation and optimization.WHY USCStudents come to USC because of our academics and innovative programs, but we also offer: Outstanding, well-paid career opportunities in California’s high-tech economy.Personal contact with top-ranked faculty, who are both world-renowned researchers and experienced engineers.A modern and challenging curriculum emphasizing information technologyTop students who are attracted to Los Angeles’ international economy from around the world.For graduate students, a range of degree and course options, with choices for students coming from any engineeringor technical major.Students also choose USC because of its leadership in ISE research. Our faculty works with the National Science Foundation,the Integrated Media Systems Center (based at USC) and private companies, to stay at the forefront of innovation in software,control systems and engineering management.USC’s research leadership is reflected in our faculty’s membership in the prestigious National Academy of Engineering,publications in leading journals and patents for innovative computer based technologies.GRADUATE DEGREES OFFEREDUSC has choices for students with, and without, undergraduate ISE degrees. All choices give students the training they needwithin a short period of time. Full-time students can complete master degrees in three semesters or less; part-time students infive semesters or less.Master of Science DegreesMaster’s in Analytics is a multidisciplinary field that relates the application of engineering approaches and methods to theanalytics and management of engineering and business processes based on data.Master’s in Engineering Management is a joint ISE/business program that prepares students to lead technology projectsand manage technology companies. The degree is especially well suited for students who have several years of workexperience and are preparing to move into engineering management. Engineering Management courses are offered at nightand through Distance Education Network, so students can enroll while continuing employment (Open to grads from allengineering and technical majors.)Page 4Rev 8/1/2020

Master’s in Health Systems Management Engineering is for students who are interested in operations management andhealth care applications, and whose career objectives lead to increasing technical management responsibilities in large healthcare organizations.Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering prepares students to become technical leaders in industrial engineering.Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering/MBA is for students who want an extended graduate program with depth inboth business and engineering. (For students who have an undergrad degree in industrial engineering, production engineering orequivalent; other students may enroll while satisfying pre-requisites.)Master’s in Manufacturing Engineering educates students in modern manufacturing methods and control systems. (Primarilyfor students with undergrad degrees in industrial, manufacturing, mechanical, or production engineering.)Master’s in Operations Research Engineering trains students in solving business problems with computers and mathematics.(Open to graduates from all engineering and technical majors).Master’s in Product Development Engineering is a joint program with the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Departmentthat prepares engineers to become leaders in engineering design and new product development.ENGINEER DEGREEThe Engineer degree is awarded under the jurisdiction of the School of Engineering, and is intended for students whowish to continue their coursework beyond the normal M.S. degree, but do not wish to complete the research requirements ofthe Ph.D.DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.)The Ph.D. program prepares students for leadership in Industrial and Systems Engineering research and university-leveleducation. In addition to meeting course requirements, students spend one or more years on PhD dissertation research. Studentsmust complete a master’s degree before enrolling in the PhD program. Policies for the Ph.D. are described in a separatepublication available from the department.QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSIONGraduate applications are individually reviewed by faculty, who consider academic preparation, grade point average, testscores, work experience, statements of purpose and letters of recommendation. Admission is competitive. Applicants mustgenerally meet the following minimum standards, though satisfaction of these standards does not guarantee admission.However, conditional admission is sometimes granted when students are deficient in one area, but compensate in others.Therefore, students are still encouraged to apply if some, but not all, qualifications are satisfied.1. A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, mathematics, sciences or related fields is required for master's degreeprograms. Applicants to the MS ISE or MS ISE/MBA are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in IndustrialEngineering, Production Engineering, or equivalent. A Master of Science in engineering is required for the Engineerdegree and the Ph.D. Other majors may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who do not meet pre-requisiterequirements may be conditionally admitted and must complete any and all course deficiencies prior to being admitted toregular student status.2. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or "better than average" academic performance.3. Satisfactory performance in any prior graduate work.Page 5Rev 8/1/2020

4. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Minimum standards for students are:GRE General ExamInternational studentsMinimum VerbalMinimum 155146151146156146151146155Domestic StudentsMinimum VerbalMinimum RE153156PDE146151ENGR153155The GRE Subject Examination is not required for any Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate program.5. International Students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL exam or IELTS to beconsidered a candidate for admission. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or anIELTS scores of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score will be exempt from the ISE exam.6. Letters of recommendation are encouraged, but not required, for M.S. degrees. Letters should comment on theapplicant's aptitude and capabilities for pursuing graduate studies, including an assessment of ability to conductinnovative research.FINANCIAL AID AT USCFinancial assistance is administered on three levels at USC:1. University Level (via The Graduate School). The Graduate School publishes the Guide to Graduate Aid. Fellowships areavailable. The completed Graduate Fellowship Application Form should be returned to the Department for processing.The Graduate School also accepts department nominations for scholarships.2. School Level (via the Viterbi School of Engineering). The Dean and the Director of Graduate Studies of the School ofEngineering review information from University Admissions to make awards to qualified candidates.3. Department Level (via the Epstein Department Industrial and Systems Engineering). A limited number of Grader andCourse Producer positions are available to highly qualified graduate students. To apply login to myViterbi at of the above are extremely competitive. Graduate School aid and Viterbi School of Engineering aid are primarilyawarded to American citizens. Applicants interested in financial assistance should have qualifications well beyond theminimum requirements for admission.Other Sources of Financial AidFinancial aid is offered by many privately- and publicly-funded organizations. A number of scholarships are available tospecifically promote women in higher education.The Institute of International Education publishes Funding for U.S. Study: A Guide for Foreign Nationals, which lists over600 grants and scholarships for which foreign nationals may apply. Awards are sponsored by both private and public sources.Awards sponsored by individual colleges and universities, however, are not included. For further information, contact:Educational Associate Member Services, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York10017, USA.A Selected List of Fellowship Opportunities and Aids to Advanced Education for U.S. Citizens and Foreign Nationals isavailable from: The Publications Office, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230EmploymentPage 6Rev 8/1/2020

Many students are employed by the University while pursuing their graduate degrees. The USC Personnel Office and theCareer Development Center have listings of full- and part-time on- and off-campus employment opportunities, which arewidely available in Los Angeles (the second largest city in the United States). Many ISE students secure summer internships,which are frequently available to foreign students after completing a 9-month residency period in the United States.APPLICATION AND ADMISSION PROCESSApplication ProcessApplications to USC can be submitted online at Examination scores should be sent to USC bythe testing agency. International students must provide an affidavit of financial support.Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Office and by the Viterbi Graduate Admissions Office. Completeapplications are processed in three to six weeks. It is very important to ensure that all required documents are provided, asdecisions cannot be made until all material is received.Graduate Application Package List Statement of Purpose Three Letters of RecommendationFor MS applicants Graduate application form Official transcript(s) GRE scores TOEFL scores (required for International Students) Financial Statement (required for International Students)Contact InformationUniversity of Southern CaliforniaDaniel J. Epstein Department ofIndustrial & Systems Engineering3715 McClintock Ave. GER 240Los Angeles, CA 90089-0193PHONE: (213) 740-4893FAX: (213) [email protected] 7University of Southern CaliforniaOffice of AdmissionUniversity Park CampusLos Angeles, CA 90089-0911PHONE: (213) 740-1111FAX: (213) [email protected] 8/1/2020

Limited Status EnrollmentStudents may take classes without being admitted to a degree program as a Limited Status Student. Students who havebeen denied admission to a USC degree program may not take classes in that degree program. A maximum of 12 units takenas a Limited Status Student may be applied toward a graduate degree. Successful completion of courses under limited statusdoes not guarantee admission to ISE degree programs. Students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree should notdelay their application.AdmissionApplicants will be notified in writing once a decision has been reached. Admitted applicants will receive further informationon orientation programs, housing and campus life.Conditional AdmissionApplicants who do not meet admission qualifications may be granted conditional admission. Conditionally admittedstudents will be notified in writing of their admission status and of the conditions which must be satisfied to gain regularstudent status. Students must typically satisfy the admission conditions in the first semester of study.International StudentsUSC provides excellent support for international students to assist in their transition to the United States. Internationalstudents admitted to USC will be provided with either the I-20 or the IAP-66 Eligibility Certificates. After receiving this, thestudent must apply through a United States Embassy or Consulate for a visa to enter the United States. Students should planon arriving in Los Angeles with ample time to arrange for housing and registration prior to the first day of classes.COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER'S DEGREESAdvisementAll graduate students in the Epstein Department are expected to see their advisors at least once per semester to plancourses and to ensure satisfactory degree progress.Transfer CreditThe faculty of a degree program may establish limits on the number of transfer credits stricter than those of theuniversity, which follow:Courses used toward a degree completed elsewhere may not be applied toward a master's degree atUSC. If courses were not used toward a completed degree, the maximum number of transfer credits thatmay be applied towards a 30 unit master’s degree, subject to departmental approval, is four units. Page 8A maximum of four units of transfer credit may be applied toward an approved dual degreeprogram.A maximum of 12 units of credit may be applied from courses taken as a Limited StatusStudent.Students should arrange for any transfer of credits during the first semester of enrollment atUSC.Rev 8/1/2020

Time LimitNo course work that is older than seven years may be applied toward the master's degree. The master's degree must becompleted within five calendar years of taking the first course applied to the program.Undergraduate DeficienciesA student must satisfactorily complete all undergraduate prerequisites prior to enrolling in graduate level courses.Directed ResearchNo more than 12 units of directed research (590) may be applied toward the master's degree.ResidencyStudents must complete a minimum of 20 units at USC. The last four units of courses must be at USC.Grade Point Average RequirementStudents must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA on 400-level and above work attempted at U