The Master of Science in Computer Engineering program focuses on the fundamental design principles of digital computers. This degree prepares students for highly technical positions in fields such as computer networking, communications systems, integrated systems, fiber optics, microprocessors, robotics, software design, embedded systems, computer architectures, digital systems design, and electronics.
Students can select from either a thesis or project options, with specific requirements for each. Topics of concentration include computer architecture, parallel processing, microprocessors, computer networking, and software engineering.
This program offers a balanced curriculum in hardware and software while allowing students to tailor their degree to focus on hardware, software or both.
The department also offers a unique five-year combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Engineering. Undergraduate students begin graduate coursework during their senior years and complete a master’s degree in one additional year.
Selected Course Areas
- Software Engineering
- Computer Networking
- Computer Architecture
- Statistical Data Analysis
- Software Project Planning and Management
- Neural Networks
- Computer Security
- Fault-Tolerant Computing
- Software Quality Assurance
Admission is granted only to those with a high promise for success in graduate study, as demonstrated through previous academic records and testing.
To be considered for admission, applicants must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline, such as computer science, physics or mathematics may be admitted with the provision that they take the prerequisite courses listed below. The Graduate Program Director will evaluate these cases on an individual basis.
- Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (A = 4.00) for their bachelor’s degrees.
- Have a minimum GRE quantitative score of 148.
Applicants who fail to meet any of the above standards may be admitted on a conditional basis. The graduate program director evaluates these cases on an individual basis.
International students must submit the TOEFL scores and show a minimum of 80 in the Internet-based test or 213 in the computer-based test or 550 in the paper-based test. As an alternative to the TOEFL, International Students can take the IELTS test and show a minimum score of 6.5 or better. A score of 6.0 is acceptable with the provision that the students take EN6301 during the first semester at St. Mary’s University. No student will be admitted with a score lower than 6.0 in the IELTS test.
- Logic Design Laboratory
- Circuit Laboratory
- Fundamentals of Logic Design
- Circuit Analysis I
- C Programming or equivalent
- Data Structure and Algorithms
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