The Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCpE) is designed to advance the student’s knowledge in several areas of engineering. This degree provides breadth while permitting the student to achieve depth in a specialization area. This specialization area, with thematic sequences of courses, has been selected to coincide with those of high current interest as well as those emerging technologies that hold promise of increasing importance for the future. The purpose of this program is to serve the profession of engineering and the Colorado community through advanced study in computer engineering, electrical engineering, and other related fields. This program prepares the student for academic and industrial advancement. The program offer a thesis and a non-thesis option.
The Department of ECE offers both part-time and full-time programs. The Department recognizes that a student may be employed full-time while studying for a degree. Therefore, most courses are offered at times and on days that will permit a student to complete the program by taking courses either late in the day or outside normal business hours.. The MSCpE program can generally be completed in about four years if one course is taken each quarter, but it is usually possible to take two courses per quarter, bringing completion time closer to the more common duration of two years. Also, students who select the one-year non-thesis will be able to graduate within 12 months, four academic quarters. For part-time students who are working in industry positions and who have chosen the thesis option, a topic related to the job function may be acceptable as the thesis research topic. Furthermore, a qualified staff member at the place of employment may be approved to serve as an adjunct faculty on the thesis committee.
Students not interested in pursuing a degree but interested in taking an occasional course may register as special status students by following an abbreviated admissions process. However, only 15 QH earned as a special status student may be applied toward a MS degree.
Total Credit Hours
The non-thesis option is the more flexible of the two options. This program is designed with the working professional in mind. For this option, a grade of B or better must be obtained in each course in order for that course to count toward the requirement of 45 QH. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is also required for graduation. Students may only take up to 8 quarter hours of independent study to be counted toward the degree. Each student must take a minimum of 24 quarter hours at the 4000-level.
A thesis permits a candidate to obtain depth in an area of study and it is especially useful for individuals who seek to pursue a subsequent degree, for example, a PhD degree. Thesis candidates work closely with a thesis advisor. The thesis option is required for all GRAs and GTAs. For this option, a grade of C or better must be obtained in each course in order for that course to count toward the 45 QH hour requirements. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 is also required for graduation. Students may only take up to 8 quarter hours of independent study to be counted toward the degree. Each student must take a minimum of 16 quarter hours at the 4000-level.
Breadth Requirement (Non-Thesis and Thesis Option)
Breadth Requirement courses (each with not less than 3 QH of credit) may be chosen from courses offered in other specialization areas. A course that appears in more than one specialization area may only be counted toward either the specialization requirement or the breadth requirement. The remaining courses are chosen from appropriate courses numbered 3000 or higher, offered by the Department Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Department of Computer Science or NSM (Natural Sciences and Mathematics). Prior approval by the student’s advisor is required.
|Quarter Hours (QH)||45|
|Full-time / Part-||FT/PT|
|Tests Required – Minimum Score||TOEFL 80/570
GRE – Varies
Receive financial assistance while you pursue a master's or doctoral degree by applying for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA) position.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
- GTAs are awarded by the Department.
- GTA applications are sent out with acceptance letters.
- Submit the GTA application as soon as possible to be considered for a GTA position in the following academic year.
- Specific information about application requirements can be found on our Graduate main page under "Financial Support."
- International GTA applicants must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a minimum of 26 on the TOEFL (iBT) exam speaking section, an IELTS score of 8 on the speaking section, or a minimum of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The speaking section of the iBT has replaced the TSE exam in most countries.
- International students should expect to be self-financed for at least their first year of attendance. GTA positions are not normally granted to first-year international graduate students. However, over 75% of our graduate students receive financial support.
Graduate Research Assistantships
- GRAs are awarded by individual faculty based on their available funding.
- To find out more about our individual faculty members and their research areas please visit the Ritchie School Active Grants list.
- Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with, directly, either by phone or by email.
- Students must show the faculty a competency in research and an interest in a particular research area in order to be considered for assistantships.