The MEng CS degree is a non-thesis program that focuses on building advanced computer science expertise through a project-based experience.
Graduates with this degree possess the advanced expertise and are well-qualified to be a leader in a variety of software development organizations. Students who are planning on a further graduate study in a Ph.D. program may be interested in the thesis-based MSE CS program.
This program assists students who wish to upgrade their current engineering expertise by delving into the contemporary and future-forward area of computer science. The plan features real-world relevancy and flexibility in course format and distance delivery.
What Can I Do with a Master of Engineering in Computer Science?
Computer scientists use algorithms and data structures to harness the incredible processing power of modern computers towards constructive ends. They write programs, the basic building blocks that form the computer world. They also create the databases, the "office" software, and the networking protocols at the core of today computing demands in business, science, and engineering. If this sounds like the career for you, we can help.
Our program is intended to meet your educational needs as a practicing engineer. You will have the opportunity to enhance and/or develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding that are critical to today practicing engineers. Courses are offered through a variety of forms, including distance-delivery methods and flexible formats.
Note: If you are interested in this advanced degree, you must apply and be accepted to the Master of Engineering program in addition to being admitted to the university.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Database analyst
- Engineering consultant
- Computer programmer
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
Complete individual plan requirements.
ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy.
Individual program admission requirements include:
- B.S. degree in Engineering or completion of prerequisite courses (see department website for details).
- GRE® revised General Test.
- 3 letters of recommendation.
- Personal statement or essay.
Take the following 30 units:
- Applied Mathematics, in a topic relevant to your specific interests, such as Fourier transforms or statistical analysis (3 units)
- Engineering or Computer Science Management course offered through such colleges as Engineering or Business (3 units)
- Computer Science Electives, selected with your advisory committee’s approval to match your interests (18 units)
- This can include up to 3 units in a cross-disciplinary or otherwise related course.
- Practice-Oriented Project facilitated and developed under your advisory committee’s guidance and focused on a real-world problem or theoretical issue with immediate relevance to current computer science practice (6 units)
Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Plan Option
This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree, which may allow them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by applying 6 units toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Student Learning Outcomes
The Master of Engineering is a non-thesis professional degree, based primarily on coursework and/or on an engineering project designed with the guidance of a faculty advisor to address a need or problem specific to their engineering field of study (Civil, Environmental, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering). This degree program is designed to provide a broad, practice-based education.
Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate-level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems. Acquires knowledge on advanced contemporary engineering topics and computational tools specific to civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering. Develops the ability to identify, formulate, and solve relevant advanced civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems. Develops the ability to synthesize, explain, verify, and justify solutions to complex civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems.
Demonstrate the ability to, independently and creatively, design, plan, and conduct complex civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering projects; Assesses the state of the art in the field of study. Applies, independently and creatively, appropriate engineering theories and tools towards developing a viable solution for the project. Designs and conducts activities specific to the project. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively the results of a comprehensive research project through oral presentations and publications. Creates a report reflecting the integration of knowledge acquired through the project. Delivers an oral presentation to peers summarizing the work performed on the project and its outcomes. Synthesizes and presents the relevance of the engineering project in both technical and non-technical terms.