The Master of Science program in Computer Engineering provides:
- structure: as you develop a firm foundation to succeed at the advanced level in industry or to pursue further graduate studies
- flexibility: follow your own particular interest as you complete your studies
Our graduates are successful technical contributors to industry and productive faculty members in electrical and computer engineering departments.
The MS program in Computer Engineering:
- provides students with in-depth understanding and expertise in specific areas of specialization
- trains students to conduct scientific research in specific areas of interest
- trains students in how to communicate their research findings as technical papers and presentations at conferences and seminars
- provides students with the opportunity to show mastery in a specific research project or research area of interest by writing and defending a thesis/project report or by passing a comprehensive exam
The MS in Computer Engineering is a 30 credit program.
- At least 24 of the required 30 credits must be at the graduate level (500 level or higher); a grade of C or better is required for all graduate courses to be counted towards the degree.
- As many as 6 credits of 400-level courses will be allowed to compensate for variations in the student’s background; a grade of B or better is required for them to be counted towards the degree. Undergraduate courses in excess of the 6-credit limit are allowed, but will not count for credit toward the degree.
- Program options include a thesis track and a non-thesis track.
The MS in Computer Engineering and the MS in Electrical Engineering, although separate degrees, share some common requirements.
A number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded to qualified students who have been accepted for admission to a degree program and have requested financial assistance.
Our faculty are experts in an impressive variety of fields and are engaged notable research ventures supported by public and private funding. Key research areas within the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE):
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Students possessing a bachelor's or master's degree and a strong academic background in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or similar disciplines are encouraged to apply for admission to the master's or doctoral programs.
Admission to the MS program is competitive. In general, students must exceed the minimum requirements stated below to gain admission. However, students who do not meet these minimum requirements—but who otherwise show evidence of strong academic, professional, or research ability—may be accepted upon approval of the ECE Graduate Committee.
- Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or related field of engineering, science or mathematics, from a college or university of recognized standing. Applicants with different backgrounds may be admitted with additional course requirements needed to meet program prerequisites.
- Demonstrated scholastic competence: typically, MS applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale for all engineering, math and physics courses will be considered.
Apply and submit all required application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Statement of purpose: 300 - 600 words. Indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist in assistantship decisions.
- Official transcripts: from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not). Transcripts should show class rank if available.
- Official GRE score: sent directly from ETS; copies/scans not accepted. GRE scores for the general test are required except by those who are or are about to be graduates of the UMassD College of Engineering or who are or are about to receive an ECE graduate certificate.
- 3 letters of recommendation: from persons in the field of your academic major at the institution most recently attended or from supervisors familiar with your recent job performance. BS/MS applicants are encouraged to include a recommendation from a department faculty member willing to advise their graduate research.
International students: official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from ETS or testing agency; copies/scans not accepted. Required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country.Scores on the TOEFL should be 80 IBT minimum for admission and 100 IBT minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship. Scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should be 6.5 minimum for admission and 7.0 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.