Masters of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCP) Catalog


Program Admission Deadlines

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: No admit

International Students in the U.S.

Fall: February 15
October 15
No admit

International Students Outside the U.S.

Fall: January 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: No admit

Minimum Total Hours: 30 thesis; 30 non‐thesis
Program Level: Masters
CIP Code: 14.0901
Dept. Code: ESB
Program (Major/College): ECP EN
Approved: 1960


College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Contact Information


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers both a thesis and non‐thesis option for the degree of Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCP). The thesis option requires students to pursue a more concentrated range of topics, while the non‐thesis option allows students to explore various areas of computer engineering. There is considerable freedom in the choice of the courses.

The breadth of subjects that comprise computer engineering together with the immense diversity of its applications, make it imperative that students in the Master's program maintain close contact with the Graduate Program Director, or, if choosing the thesis option, with their major professor to achieve a coherent plan of study directed towards a specific goal. In particular, selection of courses should only be made with prior consultation and approval of the major professor or the Graduate Program Director.


Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Major Research Areas

An excellent selection of courses and laboratories support graduate studies in algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, computer architecture, graphics, networks, computer vision, distributed systems, embedded systems, expert systems, formal verification, image processing, pattern recognition, robotics, databases, software engineering, computer security, compilers, programming languages, and VLSI design and CAD.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.


Total Minimum hours: 30 hours
Core Requirements: 9 hours
Successful completion of three (3) core graduate‐level courses is required. 

COP 6611 Operating Systems 3
COT 6405 Introduction to the Theory of Algorithms 3
EEL 6764 Principles of Computer Architecture 3


Thesis option students must select at least 15 hours and non‐thesis students must select at least 21 hours from the list of available graduate elective courses below in consultation with the Graduate Program Director of individual advisor.   

CAP 5400 Digital Image Processing 3
CAP 5625 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
CAP 5682 Expert and Intelligent Systems 3
CAP 5771 Data Mining 3
CAP 6415 Computer Vision 3
CAP 6455 Advanced Robotic Systems 3
CAP 6615 Neural Networks 3
CAP 6736 Geometric Modeling 3
CDA 5416 Introduction to Computer‐Aided Verification 3
CNT 6215 Computer Networks 3
COP 6621 Programming Languages and Translation 3
EEL 5771 Introduction to Computer Graphics I 3
EEL 6706 Testing and Fault Tolerance in Digital Systems 3
EEL 6766 Advanced Computer Architecture 3
CIS 6900 Independent Study 1-19
CIS 6930 Special Topics 1-5
CIS 6940 Graduate Instruction Methods 1-4
CIS 6946 Internships/Practicums/Clinical Practice 0-3

Thesis Option

CIS 6971 Thesis: Master's 2‐19

The thesis option requires completion of 24 credit hours of CSE graduate‐level courses (nine (9) credit hours core and 15 hours of electives) and six (6) credit hours of thesis in computer engineering related problems, as determined by the Major Professor and documented in the Plan of Work. At least 16 credit hours must be at the 6000 level. With prior permission from the Graduate Program Director, students can take a maximum of three (3) hours of Independent Study or Internship, a maximum of three (3) hours of one‐our seminar courses, and up to one (1) graduate level course (three (3) credit hours) outside of the Department.

Non‐Thesis Option

The non‐thesis option requires 30 credit hours, with nine (9) credit hours of core courses and 21 hours of electives. At least 16 credit hours must be at the 6000 level. At least six (6) hours of electives should be in the following topic areas: CMOS VLSI Design, Digital Circuit Synthesis, Formal Verification, Testing and Fault Tolerance, Low‐Power VLSI, Robotics, or Computer Networks, as determined by the Graduate Program Coordinator and documented in the Plan of Work. With prior permission from the Graduate Program Director, students can take a maximum of three (3) hours of Independent Study or Internship, a maximum of three (3) hours of one‐hour seminar courses, and up to one (1) graduate level course (three (3) credit hours) outside of the Department.

Graduation Requirements

For the thesis option, students must defend and pass the thesis and have a GPA of 3.00 or better. Non‐Thesis Option students must obtain a letter "B" or better in the core graduate courses and have a GPA of 3.00 or better.

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