Viterbi Academic Advising

What is Academic Advising?

During your academic journey at Viterbi, you will have access to your Academic Department Advisor and VASE advisors. We view advising as a partnership between students and advisors. Students are responsible for understanding academic policies and requirements and Viterbi advisors serve as guides and academic planning support. 

How to Prepare for Academic Advising?

We ask that all students prepare before requesting an advising meeting. Preparing means that you have read all polices and websites, created a goal for the meeting, and have questions ready for advisors.



Advisor Expectations from Advising appointments

If emailing advisors remember

  • Include your USC ID #.
  • Add a subject line.
  • Wait the business days listed before following up.
  • Do not send multiple emails to multiple people regarding the same request/ question/ concern.

Academic Advising at Viterbi

VASE Advisors

The office of Viterbi Admission and Student Engagement (VASE) provides services and resources to help students in the successful pursuit of their graduate degrees. All engineering students are welcome to stop by the vase office to discuss their academics and student life.

  • Curricular Practical ​
  • Training (CPT)​
  • Reduced Course Load (RCL) ​
  • LOA (Leave of Absence) ​​ ​
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) ​ ​
  • Program Extension (PE)​​ ​
  • General USC questions
  • Department Academic Advisors

    Advisement on course registration and planning is provided by your academic department advisors.

  • Advice on course and degree progress​
  • D-clearance​
  • STARS report ​Updates
  • Change of Major
  • Any questions related to your degree requirements

  • VASE Advisors

    Meet with a VASE Master's Advisor

    *Drop-in Advising available: Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (PST)

    Academic Department Advisors

    Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
    Astronautical Engineering
    Biomedical Engineering
    Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Computer Science / Data Science
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Industrial & Systems Engineering

    • Financial Engineering and Green Technologies are housed
      within the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

    • Petroleum Engineering is housed within the Chemical
      Engineering & Materials Science department.

    • System Architecting & Engineering is housed within the
      Astronautical Engineering department.

    Academic Resources/FAQ's

    Published on September 29th, 2022

    Last updated on January 2nd, 2023