Master of Science in Computer Engineering
The Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCPE) is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree in computer engineering. The strengths of the NC State program include networking, VLSI systems and computer architecture and systems. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.
Associate Director of Distance Education Programs, College of Engineering
(What will I learn?)
To earn the Master of Science in Computer Engineering a student must complete 30 credit hours (10 courses) of graduate level engineering course work.
Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA.
Of the required 30 credit hours, 21 credit hours (seven courses) must be in electrical and computer engineering. The program requires both breadth and depth in the computer engineering discipline.
Two advanced ECE courses at the 700 level are required to achieve depth. At least one of the advanced courses must be CPE track.
Breadth will be achieved by completing at least one course from three specialty area.
Students can take up to three courses (the remaining 9 credit hours) outside of ECE, including math and other courses offered through the college’s Engineering Online program.
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)
Minimum requirements for admissions to the graduate degree program in computer engineering include:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in electrical or computer engineering
- An overall GPA of at least 3.25/4.0. Persons with a 3.0 GPA may be admitted on a provisional basis
- Beginning with applications for Spring 2013, the GRE is required for all applicants
- Three letters of recommendation
The TOEFL or IELTS scores (no more than two years old) are required for international applicants unless they have completed one year of study at a university in the United States, Canada or Great Britain.
Graduate School application deadlines:
- Fall semester: December 15 (US citizens and Internationals)
- Spring semester: July 1 (US citizens and Internationals)
- Summer I: N/A
- Summer II: N/A
Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)
The program consists of 30 credit hours. A full-time graduate student may take 9 credit hours of course work per semester; part-time students typically take 3 or 6 credit hours of course work per semester. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course which appears on the NC State graduate transcript. All students must comply with Graduate School regulations for continuous registration or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.
Students who are employed full-time may enroll in only two courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in just one course during their first semester.
Students are assigned an academic advisor and work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements.
(When can I start?)
To register for Engineering Online courses, visit the Engineering Online Registration website.
Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)
Tuition Level: Graduate EOL (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate COE Fee, Graduate Ed/Tech