University of Southern California

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Medical Device & Diagnostic Engineering


Waite Phillips Hall 3470 Trousdale Parkway

Los Angeles, CA 90089

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Medical Device & Diagnostic Engineering

Format: Online

Program Description:

The medical device and diagnostic industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of high technology in the United States. Southern California hosts the largest concentration of this industry in the world, with over 800 companies in the Los Angeles area alone. The explosion of scientific advances in biomedicine and the demographics of an aging population will combine to sustain growth in this field for the foreseeable future. Biomedical engineers play a special role in the development and support of medical devices and diagnostics. They require breadth of training in the underlying biological science, the enabling technologies, the clinical requirements and the highly regulated environment of medical products. A new and unique master’s program, the Master of Science in Medical Device & Diagnostic Engineering (MSMDDE), is designed specifically to provide the knowledge and skills needed for the development of medical devices and diagnostic techniques, including aspects of medical product regulation and of product development. The course of study requires successful completion of 28 units of course work and has been designed to be completed in three semesters of full-time study. Students in the program will complete a 19-unit core as well as selecting a 6-unit specialization (or “track”) and one elective from a list provided by the department.


University of Southern California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial Aid is available Federal Student Loans. Applicants may apply by completing the FAFSA and applying code 001328. Several scholarships also available.

Locale: Large City

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