Computer Engineering Master of Science Degree Program

Computer Science and Engineering Department

Objective and Description

The purpose of the graduate programs in Computer Engineering (CpE) is to facilitate the student's continued professional and scholarly development. The Master of Science (M.S.) programs are designed to extend the student's knowledge and emphasize a particular area of concentration.

Degree Overview

The purpose of the graduate program in Computer Engineering is to facilitate the student's continued professional and scholarly development. The Master of Science (M.S.) program is designed to extend the student's knowledge and emphasize a particular area of concentration.

About the Program

The M.S. in Computer Engineering degree program prepares graduates to work with the latest computer organization technology and computer hardware to gain employment in the ever-growing IT industry or prepare for continuation to a Ph.D. program.

The M.S. degree in Computer Engineering is intended to give those who successfully complete it the following knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge and skills required to design and test embedded systems
  • Using microcontrollers, system-on-chip, and FPGA devices
  • Understanding multi-threaded programming on bare-metal, custom real-time operating systems, and embedded Linux systems
  • Implementation of IP stacks for computer networking
  • Network and wireless protocol development for Internet of Things devices
  • Design of real-time operating systems
  • Implementation of RISC processors in FPGA devices
  • Design of advanced digital logic systems
  • Analysis and design of microprocessor systems
  • Control of systems with electromechanical actuators and sensors

Candidate selection for the Master of Science in Computer Engineering program is a very competitive process, considering GPA, performance in computer-related classes, TOEFL or IELTS (for non-English speaking candidates), GRE and reputation of the university where you completed your undergraduate studies. Relevant recent work experience is considered in cases where educational credentials are dated or not in the computer science field.

Degree Options

Students may select one or both of the following graduate tracks offered by the Computer Science and Engineering Department within the 3 thesis options provided below:

  1. Computer Architecture and Systems
  2. Embedded Systems

Option 1: 30-hr Thesis

Student will select one of the 2 concentration tracks above and complete 8 courses (combination of core computer engineering classes such as computer organization, digital logic, digital signal processing, circuits, and others) plus a number of 5000- and 6000-level courses from their selected track. Additionally, they will complete a thesis in their selected area. The M.S. thesis will be administered by a committee of at least 3 members (supervisor, plus two non-supervising members)

Option 2: 30-hr Non-thesis

This option is for M.S. students who are not interested in completing a thesis, but have a very strong academic background in computer science. To qualify for this degree, candidates must have a GRE of 305 or higher plus a B.S. degree in computer engineering , electrical engineering or computer science with no deficiency classes. Students in this option will select 10 courses from a list of core classes and select both tracks above.

Option 3: 36-hr Non-thesis

This option is for M.S. students who are not interested in completing a thesis and have an average academic background in computer science. To qualify for this degree, a student must have earned a B.S. degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or other STEM-related fields. Students in this option will select 12 courses from a list of core classes and select both tracks above.

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Requirements for Licensure or Certification

All discipline specific programs in the College of Engineering meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

Master's Degree in Engineering

The responsibility rests with each student for knowing the rules, regulations, and filing deadlines of the Graduate School and their respective department. This page provides general information only. Requirements of the Graduate School and the academic department must be met.

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