Jun 12, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Computer Engineering, M.S.E.

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Requirements for admission to the Graduate School, including English proficiency, may be found in the Admission section of this Bulletin.

In addition, applicants for the Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) program in computer engineering must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States or a recognized institution in another country, with a G.P.A. no lower than 3.0/4.0. Moreover, they must have expertise in the foundational areas of computer science and electrical engineering. The areas include discrete mathematics, algorithms, data structures, operating systems, software engineering, circuits, digital systems, electronics, communications, and signals. Applicants who lack proficiency in a few of the foundational areas may be admitted conditionally to the M.S. program. However, they will be required to remove the deficiencies by taking prescribed courses or by demonstrating their expertise by taking advanced courses or passing special exams in the foundational areas.

In order to be accepted to the M.S.E. program in computer engineering, applicants must receive satisfactory GRE scores of quantitative plus verbal scores greater than 300, with quantitative scores greater than 151.

The GRE requirement for the graduate programs in computer engineering is waived for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum total credit hours of graduate credit above the baccalaureate level 30
Minimum credit hours of core courses in computer engineering (one course from each of the five core areas, at least 9 hours must be at 7000 level 15
Maximum credit hours of thesis 6
Maximum credit hours outside computer science or electrical engineering 6
Maximum credit hours of 6000-level courses 12
Maximum credit hours of independent study 6

Upon completion of the thesis, the M.S.E. candidate must pass a comprehensive oral examination. After consulting with the student, the advisor recommends, for the Graduate School Dean’s approval, an oral examination committee consisting of the advisor and two other graduate faculty members. At least one member must be from the Tandy School of Computer Science  and one member from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering . The final committee member may be a qualified expert in the research area from the community within or outside the University. The comprehensive examination covers the student’s entire graduate program with emphasis on the content of the thesis.