D-Clearance


Undergraduate D-Clearance

CSCI courses begin as open enrollment during priority registration.  When a course initially closes it will be changed to require d-clearance. Students can then apply for d-clearance for undergraduate CSCI courses using the online myViterbi CSCI D-Clearance Request system.

CSCI 102 Fundamentals of Computation can be requested by students interested in transitioning to CS via a separate online form at: https://tinyurl.com/USCCSClearance

Undergraduate CSCI Course Availability & D-Clearance Policies

  1. The CS department will offer the courses necessary for all of our B.S. students to complete the degree program within 4 years. Students are expected to remain flexible as to which semester they take a required course. Every elective course offering may not be available to every student.
  2. It is not within the purview of the CS department to guarantee students will be able to enroll in a course with a specific professor or at a specific day/time.
  3. Instructors, course timings, and locations may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
  4. Closed courses will have waiting pools, with priority going to CS students closest to graduation. Students are not assigned a queue number.
Ph.D. D-Clearance

CSCI Ph.D. students should contact Lizsl De Leon ldeleon@usc.edu directly for graduate CSCI courses. All other Ph.D. students should apply through the Online D-Clearance Request System.  See below.

M.S. D-Clearance

All M.S. students must apply for d-clearance for on-campus CSCI courses using the online myViterbi CSCI D-Clearance Request system.

For DEN sections, students should use the DEN Tools section of the DEN Course Management System.

Important: Advisors will not process d-clearance via email, phone, or in person.  M.S. students must use this system to request courses. 


Graduate Student D-Clearance - Important Dates

Fall 2020:

July 20
Current CS/DS students can begin to request d-clearance on the D-clearance system.
August 3
We will begin to grant D-clearance for current CS/INF students. The 1st round of granted D-Clearance will only be valid until July 31. Any clearances granted after July 31 will only be valid for 2 days. 
August 12
Non-CS/DS Students will be allowed to request D-clearance starting at 10:00 a.m. (requests made before this  date will be deleted).
August 24
First Day of Fall Classes – D-Clearance granted now will be issued in the morning, and expire in the same evening.  D-clearance will be granted through the 2nd week of the semester, and through the 3rd week only with professor approval.  Please note that some professors may choose to close their class after the 1st week of classes regardless of whether or not there are empty seats.

Graduate Student D-Clearance Request Instructions:

  1. Sign up for the online d-clearance system at http://myviterbi.usc.edu. Create your myViterbi profile.
  2. DEN students should use DEN tools for DEN sections and not this system.
  3. All CS/DS students are only allowed to request a maximum of 2 d-clearance requests. They may make a 3rd request after August 17th.
  4. Non-CS/DS students are only allowed to request a maximum of 1 d-clearance request.
  5. Priority will be given to CS students for CSCI course and priority will be given to INF students for INF courses. We cannot guarantee that non-CS/INF students will get into a course of their choice.
  6. You will receive an email if granted d-clearance. D-Clearance always expires, so please pay close attention to the expiration date in the email.  If you fail to register by the expiration date, you will need to request a deletion through the system. Once that is approved, you will need to re-submit your d-clearance request, which will put you in the bottom of the queue. To avoid such problems, we recommend that you register within the two days.
  7. We will only issue d-clearance request through the d-clearance system. We will not accept any requests through emails, phone calls, or in person.
  8. Course instructors do not issue d-clearance. Do not contact instructors requesting d-clearance. Only contact an instructor if you are requesting a prerequisite waiver. If they approve your waiver request, forward the approval email to cscimasters@vsoe.usc.edu.
  9. CS Advisors cannot predict your chances of getting in to a course if you are in a waiting pool. It is your choice whether to wait or remove your request and choose a different course.
  10. If a course's waiting pool becomes too long, it may be removed from the selection list.

CSCI Graduate Course Availability & D-Clearance Policies

  1. The CS department will offer the courses necessary for all of our M.S. students to complete the degree program within 4 semesters. However, every elective course offering may not be available to every student.
  2. It is not within the purview of the CS department to guarantee students will be able to enroll in a course with a specific professor or at a specific day/time.
  3. Instructors, course timings, and locations may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Updated Policy for Non-CS Graduate Students

  1. Priority for all CS courses will be given to new and continuing CS students.
  2. While we do our best to accommodate all requests, we may not be able to get you into the course of your choice.
  3. Non-CS students should have a back-up course in mind in case they are unable to obtain a seat in a CS course.
  4. Non-CS students should meet with their home department advisor regarding their course options. CS advisors will not be available to discuss d-clearance issues with non-CS students.

Important Notes

  1. Currently, all requests submitted will not be given a waitlist number.
  2. By submitting a request you also indicate you have read all of the above instructions and policies.
  3. To access the D-Clearance Request System, please visit: http://myviterbi.usc.edu