Master of Science in Computer Engineering

The purpose of this degree is to prepare students for advanced study and/or research or industrial practice in the field of computer engineering. The Master of Science in Computer Engineering (M.S.CP.E.) program builds a strong foundation in all aspects of the design and development of computer systems, with a specialization in a major area. Students have the option to pursue thesis research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Areas of study include computer hardware design, computer networking and telecommunications, and computer system and application software. The program is normally completed in three semesters of full-time study.

The admission requirements for this degree follow the existing admission requirements for master’s degrees in the ECE department. Students whose accredited B.S. degree is not in computer engineering may pursue the M.S.CP.E., provided that they have an adequate background and can demonstrate proficiency in the material contained in the following undergraduate courses:

ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 242Digital Computers and Computing3
or CS 350 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
CS 201Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science 14
CS 401Introduction to Advanced Studies I3
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
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 i.e. CS 115 and CS 116 combined

A student may demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing the courses or by demonstrating satisfactory performance in one or more special examinations administered by the department.

The program of study includes a minimum of 32 credit hours of acceptable graduate coursework, with a minimum of 21 credit hours of ECE coursework. A minimum of 20 credit hours must be taken at the 500-level or higher. Up to six credit hours of ECE short courses may be applied to the degree. Students, with adviser approval, select courses appropriate to their needs and interests. The program of study must include two core and two elective courses within one of the computer engineering (CPE) areas of concentration (computer hardware design, computer systems software, and networks and telecommunications), and at least one core course from each of the two remaining areas. An M.S.CP.E. candidate may, with permission of a thesis adviser, include in his or her program a thesis of six to eight credit hours. The master’s thesis is strongly recommended for pre-doctoral students. The thesis option requires a written thesis and an oral defense of the thesis. Thesis format and deadlines are set by the Graduate College.

Master of Science in Computer Engineering (Coursework Only Option)

Minimum Credits Required 32
Minimum ECE Course Credit 21
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level Credit 20
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
Computer Engineering Major Courses (12-15)
Select two core courses from the chosen CPE area of concentration from the lists below6-7
Select two elective courses from the chosen CPE area of concentration from the lists below6-8
Computer Engineering Elective Courses (6-8)
Select one core course from each of the two remaining CPE areas of concentration from the lists below6-8
General Electives (9-14)
Select 9-14 credit hours of general ECE electives9-14

Master of Science in Computer Engineering (Thesis Option) 

Minimum Credits Required 32
Minimum ECE Course Credit 21
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level Credit 20
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
Computer Engineer Major Courses (12-15)
Select two core courses from the chosen CPE area of concentration from the lists below6-7
Select two elective courses from the chosen CPE area of concentration from the lists below6-8
Computer Engineering Elective Courses (6-8)
Select one core course from each of the two remaining CPE areas of concentration from the lists below6-8
General Electives (1-8)
Select one to eight credit hours of general ECE electives1-8
Thesis Research (6-8)
ECE 591Research and Thesis for Masters Degree 16-8
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Students pursuing the thesis option must complete six to eight credit hours of research work (ECE 591) leading to an M.S. dissertation with the approval of a thesis adviser.

CPE Areas of Concentration

Computer Hardware Design

Core Courses (6-7)
ECE 529Advanced VLSI Systems Design3-4
or ECE 429 Introduction to VLSI Design
ECE 585Advanced Computer Architecture3
Elective Courses (48)
ECE 425Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits3
ECE 429Introduction to VLSI Design4
ECE 430Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices3
ECE 441Microcomputers4
ECE 446Advanced Logic Design4
ECE 485Computer Organization and Design3
ECE 529Advanced VLSI Systems Design3
ECE 530High Performance VLSI IC Systems3
ECE 583High Speed Computer Arithmetic3
ECE 584VLSI Architecture for Signal Processing and Communication Systems3
ECE 585Advanced Computer Architecture3
ECE 586Fault Detection in Digital Circuits3
ECE 587Hardware/Software Codesign3
ECE 588CAD Techniques for VLSI Design3
ECE 589Computer-Aided Design of Analog IC3

Computer Systems Software

Core Courses (6)
CS 550Advanced Operating Systems3
CS 551Operating System Design and Implementation3
Elective Courses (36)
ECE 449Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Simulation3
ECE 587Hardware/Software Codesign3
CS 487Software Engineering I3
CS 545Distributed Computing Landscape3
CS 546Parallel and Distributed Processing3
CS 550Advanced Operating Systems3
CS 551Operating System Design and Implementation3
CS 555Analytic Models and Simulation of Computer Systems3
CS 586Software Systems Architectures3
CS 587Software Project Management3
CS 588Advanced Software Engineering Development3
CS 589Software Testing and Analysis3

Networks and Telecommunications

Core Courses (7)
ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networks with Laboratory4
or ECE 408 Introduction to Computer Networks
ECE 541Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks3
or ECE 545 Advanced Computer Networks
Elective Courses (74)
ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networks with Laboratory4
ECE 408Introduction to Computer Networks3
ECE 443Introduction to Computer Security4
ECE 504Wireless Communication System Design3
ECE 508Video Communications3
ECE 511Analysis of Random Signals3
ECE 513Communication Engineering Fundamentals3
ECE 514Digital Communication Principles3
ECE 515Modern Digital Communications3
ECE 516Coding for Distributed Storage Systems3
ECE 517Modern Wireless Network Protocols and Standards3
ECE 519Coding for Reliable Communications3
ECE 520Information Theory and Applications3
ECE 541Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks3
ECE 542Design and Optimization of Computer Networks3
ECE 543Computer Network Security3
ECE 544Wireless and Mobile Networks3
ECE 545Advanced Computer Networks3
ECE 546Wireless Network Security3
ECE 547Wireless Networks Performance Analysis3
ECE 570Fiber-Optic Communication Systems3
ECE 584VLSI Architecture for Signal Processing and Communication Systems3
CS 455Data Communications3
CS 544Computer Networks II: Network Services3