Information for DEN@Viterbi (off campus) students

This page contains information for DEN@Viterbi (online) students. On campus students that need access to DEN@Viterbi courses and support should visit the Course Registration page.

Enrollment Options for DEN@Viterbi students
Carefully review & select one of the DEN@Viterbi enrollment options:

Admitted Students (Off-campus via DEN@Viterbi) 
Admitted students have formally applied for admission and have been accepted to a graduate degree program. All coursework applied toward a Master of Science degree requires the prior approval of the degree-granting department usually in the form of a study plan. All departmental rules and regulations must be followed. Admitted students may be eligible for financial aid.

  1. Submit your Graduate Application to the university after reviewing your appropriate department instructions. Note: The application requirements for each department may vary – please be sure to check the department website prior to applying.
  2. If you are admitted to the university, you will receive further instructions on next steps and how to register for classes.
  3. Newly admitted off-campus students will need to create a DEN@Viterbi Profile to gain access to courses and specific support for off-campus students.
Limited Status Students (Off-campus via DEN@Viterbi) 
A student wishing to take course work for official USC credit, without having been formally admitted to a degree program, may be allowed to register as a Limited student. Qualified candidates for Limited student enrollment must have a B.S. degree in engineering or a closely related field (such as mathematics or science) from a regionally-accredited institution, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. They must also have the necessary background for the USC courses they wish to take. In addition, please note the following:

  • Limited student enrollment is not a promise of future admission.
  • A maximum of 12 units may be taken as a Limited graduate student and later applied for credit toward an advanced degree or graduate certificate.
  • Limited students ARE officially enrolled at the University and pay full tuition.
  • Limited students are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Grades earned as a Limited student will be considered when applying for formal admission.
  • Individuals who were previously denied admission to a USC engineering graduate degree program are not eligible to take courses as a Limited student.
  • Individuals must be located in the United States in order to pursue Limited Status Enrollment. If you are interested in pursuing your program via DEN@Viterbi from outside of the United States, you must review ‘DEN@Viterbi Information: Pursuing Programs from Outside the United States’ and apply for formal admission
  1. Create a profile with DEN@Viterbi.
  2. Once your profile has been approved, a computer-generated password and your 10-digit student ID will be sent to the e-mail address you provided when creating your profile. Please allow up to 3 business days for this process. You can change the password upon initial log-in.
Audit Students

A student who wishes to view a course for non-credit via DEN@Viterbi can enroll as an audit student. Audit students will receive class materials but do not complete homework or take examinations. A course taken for audit will not receive university credit and will not appear on the USC transcript or grade report. A course taken for audit will be assessed at the current tuition rate.

  1. Create a DEN@Viterbi profile.  If you have been admitted to the university, select “Admitted.”  If you have not yet been admitted, select “Limited.”
  2. Check the schedule of classes for course availability and enroll in your classes.  Select the Audit option.
  3. For courses that require D-clearance, the faculty member has the right to decline your participation.

Please review the additional information and resources for DEN@Viterbi students.

How DEN@Viterbi Works

DEN@Viterbi strives to meet the needs of engineering professionals, providing the opportunity to advance your education while maintaining your career and other commitments. By breaking down geographical and scheduling barriers, DEN allows you to take your classes anytime and anywhere.

DEN@Viterbi students undergo the same academic requirements, curriculum, and must adhere to the same academic standards as on-campus students, therefore, your diploma is ultimately issued by the University of Southern California. There is no difference between remote students and on-campus students.

Lectures:

  • Courses are transmitted from studio classrooms at the USC campus via an Internet-delivery system. DEN students view the same lecture as on-campus students.
  • Students can view the courses live, or later at their convenience. Lectures are archived for the entire semester.
  • Live instruction is interactive – students can call by a toll free phone line to ask the professor questions. Additionally, students can provide remote presentations.
  • Professors’ in-class notes are digitized and posted so students can print them and watch the lecture.

Homework & Exams:

Students upload homework assignments within their online course pages. Exams are proctored at local testing centers for students outside of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. Students in these local areas are required to come to the USC main campus for their exams. Visit the Homework and Exams policies page for more information.

Administrative Support:

Online students have full support for academic advisement and enrollment services from the Office of Graduate and Professional Programs. Online orientation is hosted each semester for new students, and a team of advisors is available to provide guidance. Exam administration is provided by a dedicated Technical Support Center, which includes advanced capabilities such as electronic tracking and routing of proctored exams. Faculty support services have also recently been improved to incorporate electronic grading in many courses. Additional services provided include: career services, library services, writing workshops, financial aid office and services, bookstore, USC email and USCard.

Academic Integrity:

Admissions standards for online programs offered through DEN@Viterbi are identical to on campus students and remains competitively high. As such, online students receive the same identical degree upon completion of their degree programs. Exams are proctored for all online students and coordinated by DEN@Viterbi’s exams coordinator. Visit the Homework and Exams policies page for more information.

Technical Support and Requirements

DEN maintains its own dedicated help desk and IT support services. Live help desk hours are provided throughout the extended class schedule. The dedicated IT staff monitors and supports systems and technical services. The help desk provides phone, email, and remote desktop support to all students and faculty participating courses offered through DEN@Viterbi as part of the Office of Graduate and Professional Programs. Visit the Technical Support Center for additional information including technical requirements.

 

DEN@Viterbi students must adhere to the same policies and procedures as other students at USC. Please visit our Academic Policies page for additional information.
Technical Support and Requirements

DEN maintains its own dedicated help desk and IT support services. Live help desk hours are provided throughout the extended class schedule. The dedicated IT staff monitors and supports systems and technical services. The help desk provides phone, email, and remote desktop support to all students and faculty participating courses offered through DEN@Viterbi as part of the Office of Graduate and Professional Programs. Visit the Technical Support Center for additional information including technical requirements.

Visit our Prospective Students: Tuition and Funding page for additional information including tuition and funding information.