Computer Science Master's Student Honors Program

The CS_MS_Honors Program provides our exceptional students the opportunity to enhance their graduate experience and allows them to distinguish themselves in the future whether applying for a job or a PhD. Upon graduation members of CS_MS_Honors will receive a digital Certificate of Merit from the Computer Science department and the Viterbi School of Engineering attesting to their outstanding accomplishments.    


To qualify for the CS_MS_Honors Program students must:

  • Earn a 3.9 GPA for their first 8 units
  • Continue to maintain a 3.9 GPA throughout the remainder of their courses
  • Be recommended by one faculty member. The application will require the recommendation letter to be uploaded in the form. 
  • Provide a personal statement

How to Apply

Students will be notified via email when the application process for Fall is open. Eligible students may apply via an online application for the program using their USC E-mail to sign-in.

The Application is currently closed.

For questions about the honors program, please contact Note: This program is open only to students pursuing the M.S. Computer Science. It is not open to Ph.D. students who are also pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science. Progressive Degree students may apply, but their B.S. degree must be conferred in order to be eligible for acceptance to the program and to apply for the TA opportunities. Applications will be automatically rejected if they do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Published on December 11th, 2018

Last updated on December 19th, 2023