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Computer Engineering

Major in computer engineering

Computer engineers apply electrical engineering techniques and computer science concepts to develop dependable, cost-effective hardware and software systems and components.

Computer engineering is a rapidly growing discipline and is also one of the highest-paid engineering fields. Specialty areas within computer engineering include:

  • computer architecture
  • computer networks
  • cybersecurity
  • embedded systems
  • mobile devices
  • wireless sensors
  • Internet of Things

As a computer engineering major, you'll be prepared to meet the changing high-technology needs of industry and to continue with graduate studies. Our program prepares you for this evolving field by providing a strong background in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Computer engineers work in a variety of fields such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical, communications, consumer electronics, medicine, power, and space. As a computer engineer, you may work as a designer, researcher, scientist, educator, consultant, entrepreneur, executive, public official, or in the military.

The bachelor's degree program in computer engineering also offers a concentration in cybersecurity: the application of measures to protect computers and computer systems from unauthorized access and attack.

Our program graduates students who excel in applications engineering and team leadership. Your courses will include programming, circuits, digital design, electronics, operating systems, algorithms, and computer networks. You can also choose from technical electives such as integrated circuits, computer architecture, wireless sensor networks, wireless communications, multimedia communications, database systems, network security, and dependable computing.

For the BS in computer engineering, you'll complete 75 credits in general engineering and computer and electrical engineering courses with 122 credits overall. During your senior year, you will complete a team design project that provides real-world experience defined by current industry needs.

Concentration in cybersecurity: the application of measures to protect computers and computer systems from unauthorized access and attack. Learn more

Dual bachelor's degrees in electrical & computer engineering: Prepare to meet a broad range of challenges in these ever-changing high-tech fields.

A minor in computer engineering provides the opportunity to specialize in areas such as computer architecture, computer networks, database systems, and digital circuits. For the minor, you'll complete at least 23.5 credits.

Student success

computer science cybersecurity student Zakaria Faddi
Zakaria Faddi '22, '23

Zakaria Faddi '22, '23 earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in computer engineering through the accelerated BS/MS program at UMassD.  He also completed a graduate certificate in cybersecurity. 

"I chose UMassD because of its excellent faculty, small class sizes, well-equipped labs and facilities, opportunities for research, and strong alumni network. I was confident that I would receive a high-quality education that would prepare me for a successful career. From the moment I stepped on campus, I was embraced by a community that fostered my growth. The faculty members at UMassD played a pivotal role in my success. Through engaging classroom experiences, hands-on research opportunities, and active involvement in community service, I discovered my passions and honed my skills."

Internship sites

  • Dell Technologies
  • GE Healthcare
  • Electric Boat
  • MathWorks
  • NASA
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Graduate school placements

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MIT
  • Purdue University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas

Career placements

  • AT&T
  • EMC Corporation
  • General Dynamics
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MathWorks
  • Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC)
  • Raytheon
  • Siemens

College of Engineering alumni starting salary range:
$72,109 - $74,137

NACE AY 2022 Data Collection of Undergraduate Alumni

UMassD advantages

  • Capstone projects: most senior engineering students work in small teams on real-world, industry-specific challenges that demand analysis, proposals, prototypes, and solutions.
  • Community: join organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association for Computing Machinery, the Electrical and Computer Engineers National Honor Society, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders.
  • Experience: participate in co-op and internship programs to gain valuable experience with regional industries, often while also earning money for college.
  • New initiatives: collaborate, create, and explore the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research.

International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.

UMass Dartmouth offers a great transfer experience for students who:

  • have graduated from an accredited community college, or
  • have earned college credits from an accredited college or university

Transfer Admissions

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Computer Engineering faculty

Hong Liu
Hong Liu, PhD
Honggang Wang
Honggang Wang, PhD
Lance Fiondella
Lance Fiondella, PhD
Lance Fiondella
Lance Fiondella, PhD
Liudong Xing
Liudong Xing, PhD
Ruolin Zhou
Ruolin Zhou, PhD
Sezer Goren
Sezer Goren, PhD
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