Graduate Student Resources

Advising Info

All USC Viterbi Department of Biomedical Engineering graduate students have a MANDATORY ADVISEMENT HOLD from the BME Department. The hold will be lifted once you have contacted the BME Graduate Advisor for academic advisement. You will be able to register by following the d-clearance process outlined below.

NEW Domestic students are able to register via if no ‘holds’ are placed on your account.

NEW International students are unable to register until all holds are lifted by USC’s Office of International Services (OIS).

CURRENT students should check for appointment time or holds, contact the BME Graduate Advisor for advisement, then follow the D-Clearance process.


BME D-Clearance Process

  • Schedule a meeting or email your academic advisor to discuss classes and to REMOVE the department’s MANDATORY ADVISEMENT HOLD.

  • Request d-clearance by logging into into

  • Under Student Resources, click on D-Clearance Request Manager.

  • Select the department you are requesting D-Clearance from.

  • After receiving email confirmation about d-clearance approval from Graduate Advisor, go to Web Registration in to finalize your class registration.

  • If you’re interested in taking directed research (BME 590) for your technical electives, please speak with the graduate student adviser.

MPTX or RSCI Courses

For d-clearance in MPTX or RSCI courses, send an e-mail request to Toni Rodriguez ( with the information below:

  • Name, USC 10-digit ID, e-mail

  • Course # (i.e. MPTX 513) and Graduate Program (i.e. MS BME or MDDE)

  • On-Campus or Distance

  • Click   here  for RegSci's full schedule.

Graduate Student Groups

Graduate Students of Biomedical Engineering (GSBME)

The goals of this organization are:

  1. To actively promote interdisciplinary studies between Engineering, Biology and Medicine.
  2. To serve as an interface between the students, engineering departments and Viterbi SOEt o help improve student life as well as quality of biomedical engineering education at USC.
  3. To supplement our academic training with professional skills, industry knowledge and sociopolitical aspects of Biomedical Engineering.
  4. To serve as an interface with our Alumni and our Undergraduates.
  5. To act as an agent for our National Biomedical Engineering Society Student Chapter

Membership in GSBME is open to all registered graduate students whom have paid the membership dues and are currently enrolled in classes at the University of Southern California. Only such persons shall be considered voting members of the organization. All other USC students and USC staff, faculty, alumni, and alumnae are eligible to be non-voting members.  Check out GSBME on Facebook

Viterbi Graduate Student Association (VGSA)

The VGSA seeks to promote interaction among the graduate students of the Viterbi School of Engineering and, whenever possible, to address their needs and concerns.


 Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professional Association (SABPA) is a nonprofit organization founded in early 2002 by professionals and scholars from the Chinese community in San Diego. In 2005, we expanded to Orange County and Los Angeles. We invite all scholars, professionals and entrepreneurs of any origin who are working in, engaged in, or interested in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry in Southern California to join us as a member of SABPA.

Professional Opportunities

The department occasionally receives job postings from companies seeking students and recent graduates for positions. All postings are sent to students via their USC e-mail and through the Facebook group: BME at USC – Biomedical Engineering students and alumni.

Helpful Job Search Sites
USC Resources
Viterbi Career Services office

USC Career Planning & Placement Center

Grodins Graduate Research Symposium

Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium

The Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium began in 1997 as a forum for BME graduate students to present their current research work and future plans. This student-organized and student-run symposium provides an opportunity for the faculty and current graduate students to exchange ideas on the various areas of on-going research activity within the Department.

Click here to visit the Grodins website.