The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Engineering is best suited for students who are looking to focus more on computer engineering (hardware) aspects. Like the MS in Computer Science, the MS in Computer Engineering program can be either a pure course option program, or it can incorporate either a project or a thesis. If appropriate research experiences are included in the degree option, this can also lead toward future doctoral studies. All students in the MS in Computer Engineering program must have previously completed (as documented by their undergraduate transcript), successfully test to place out of, or complete at the start of their program, the following courses: CSE 501N Introduction to Computer Science and CSE 505N Introduction to Digital Logic and Computer Design, or equivalent courses offered at other institutions.

Course Option

This option requires 30 units of graduate credit. Students must also follow the general degree requirements listed below.

Thesis/Project Option

The thesis or project options require 24 units of graduate credit in addition to 6 units of either thesis or project courses (CSE 599 or CSE 598 respectively). Students pursuing the project option may opt to take 27 units of graduate courses and only 3 units of CSE 598 with adviser approval. Students must also follow the general degree requirements listed below.

General Degree Requirements

  • 18 of the 30 units must be from the designated graduate-level Computer Engineering courses. Please visit our MS in Computer Engineering website for a comprehensive list.
  • In addition to the non-CSE courses on the list of designated graduate-level Computer Engineering courses, up to 12 additional units may be taken from outside the department. Such approval shall be contingent on the credits being suitably technical graduate-level content. To count more than 6 units from outside the CSE department, an appropriate justification for the additional increment shall be provided by the adviser and student. Departmental approval shall be evaluated with increasing stringency for each additional increment.
  • Up to 12 units of 400-level courses can count for graduate credit.
  • None of of the 30 units may be taken as independent study (i.e., CSE 400 or CSE 500).
  • Courses with an "N" designation do not count toward the master's degree.
  • All courses must be taken for a grade of C- or better.
  • As per Engineering School guidelines, students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.70.