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We often get a number of questions from recent graduates or working professionals wanting to go back to school in engineering.  If you are interested in earning a second degree in engineering while your first was in another discipline, here are some helpful tips to get you ready for our transfer application process:

  • Brush up on your math and science.  Enroll in classes at your local community college that will build your foundation for an engineering education. To be a competitive transfer applicant we recommend that you take at least
    • 2 semesters of Calculus (up to a minimum of Calculus II)
    • 2 semesters of Lab Based Science (Biology, Chemistry, Calculus-based Physics)

In selecting your additional science classes, try to find classes that related to the area of engineering you hope to pursue. For example, a prospective Aerospace Engineering should take courses in physics rather than biology.

More information about coursework plans is available on our curriculum and discipline page and please check out the USC Transfer Planning Guide to map out the courses towards your engineering degree at the local college.

Finally – be sure to read through the transfer application process on our website.  We accept transfer applications via the Common App for the fall semester only.  This year’s application is due on February 1, 2015.

If you have any other questions or need more info – please give us a call or email us.
(800) 526 3347

Paul Ledesma

As Executive Director, Paul oversees Undergraduate Admission for all programs at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He was born and raised in southern California and is a lifetime Dodgers fan. He enjoys traveling (Italy may be a second home), discovering new restaurants in LA (tacos anyone?), and while he may not qualify as a bonafide movie-buff, he loves movies (especially comic book movies). He studied Psychology for his bachelor's degree, minored in Public Management, and was active in leadership for community service groups Troy Camp and Dance Marathon while attending USC. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and rescued pup and kitty in Redondo Beach, CA. (well, maybe not the cat so much) Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his