Master of Science in Computer Engineering


The MS in Computer Engineering program prepares students for leadership roles in research, development and design positions that require the use of skillful and imaginative solutions to engineering problems. Students who have earned a BS degree may apply to the MS in Computer Engineering program. The CE curriculum calls for a balanced knowledge of both algorithm/software and circuitry/ hardware. The program has been carefully designed for students to gain breadth of knowledge in software and hardware development, and it is flexible enough for students to specialize in the area of their choice.

Courses and research are offered in a variety of subfields of computer engineering, including operating systems, computer architecture, computer graphics, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, machine learning, embedded systems, computer networks, software systems, analysis of algorithms, parallel processing, VLSI, computational geometry, design automation, cyber security, information assurance and data science.

The university maintains a large network of computer facilities, including PCs, Unix work stations and specialized computers for research within the program and faculty laboratories. The Jonsson School has developed a state-of-the-art information infrastructure consisting of a wireless network in all buildings and an extensive fiber-optic Ethernet.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Software Design Engineer, Computer Engineer, Hardware Design Engineer, and Systems Consultant for public and private sectors. CE graduates find employment in local, national and international enterprises.

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: An undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in computer science or electrical engineering from an accredited engineering program.

GPA: A grade point average (GPA) in upper-division quantitative coursework of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale.

Test score required: Yes

GRE revised scores of 154, 156, and 4 for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.

Letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals able to judge the candidate's probability of success in pursuing master's study.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Applicants must submit an essay outlining the candidate's background, education, and professional goals.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.