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Computer Engineering (MSCPE)

Master of Science in Computer Engineering

Through the University of Dayton's graduate computer engineering program, you'll engage in world-class research and scholarship in your areas of interest: computing systems, sensors and devices, and signals and systems. Your ongoing research will extend to a variety of markets: industry, academia and government. You'll enjoy a flexible program that allows you to focus on your studies. Whether you want to develop a broad engineering background or have a specialized course of instruction in mind, we'll work with you to develop a program of study that meets your needs.

Career Outlook and Highlights 

  • We're ranked No. 1 Catholic college or university for sponsored research and development in engineering.
  • Computer engineering is a rapidly growing field with outstanding career potential.
  • You'll achieve the skills required to design and develop new products, technologies and processes: embedded systems, software engineering, operating systems and computer architecture, and communications and networking

Plan of Study

Click here to go to the University Catalog for overview and courses for the Master of Science in Computer Engineering degree.

A minimum of 30 semester hours.

  • Master's Thesis: requires completion of 24 semester hours of coursework, plus 6 semester hours of thesis credit.
  • Coursework and non-thesis research project: requires completion of 30 semester hours of coursework and a non-thesis research/design project 
  • Coursework and project-based learning: requires completion of 30 semester hours of coursework, including two approved 3 semester hour courses requiring extensive project-based learning. 

Areas of Research

Areas of Research Computer Engineering
  • Computer networks
  • Digital systems
  • Embedded systems
  • High performance computing
  • Computer vision
  • Neuromorphic computing
  • Network security

Program Details

At the University of Dayton, you will receive a valuable, high-quality graduate educational experience and can conduct influential research, be involved with community and industry, and benefit through collaboration.

Our graduate computer engineering program is a collaboration between the School of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Computer Science.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering employs faculty and research facilities that support advanced research in signal and image processing, high-performance computing, embedded systems, and digital electronics.

The Department of Computer Science employs faculty and research facilities that support advanced research in database and data mining systems, semantic web technologies, peer-to-peer networking and cloud computing, programming languages, human-computer interaction, graph algorithms and graph theory. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

Engineering Graduate Assistantship
The University of Dayton School of Engineering has several assistantship positions available for the academic year.
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Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Eric Balster, Department Chair

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0232