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Computer Engineering (MSCPE)

Master of Science in Computer Engineering

As a computer engineering graduate student, you will work with top scholars and industry leaders to develop your area of expertise. University of Dayton faculty are nationally recognized as educators and researchers. 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.

A substantial amount of financial aid is available to support your continued studies. We offer competitive teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships to some of our advanced students. We receive a large number of qualified applications each term.

  • College Choice and U.S. News & World Report rate the University of Dayton's graduate engineering school in the top 60 in the nation
  • No. 1 — Catholic university for sponsored engineering R&D
  • No. 10 — nationally for federally sponsored engineering R&D

Areas of Research

  • Computer networks
  • Digital systems
  • Embedded systems
  • High performance computing
  • Computer vision
  • Neuromorphic computing
  • Network security

Plan of Study

To learn more about the available courses and to view a sample plan of study, please reference our Academic Catalog.

A minimum of 30 semester hours.

  • At least 9 semester hours in electrical engineering core courses approved by advisor/advisory committee
  • At least 9 semester hours in a specialization area: computing systems, sensors and devices, or signals and systems
  • 6 semesters hours:
    • Two project-based learning courses from an approved list  - OR - 
    • Complete the thesis option
  • Technical electives, approved by your advisor, to reach a total of 30 semester hours

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 another related field of study. Applicants without an appropriate undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisite coursework. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require a higher GPA 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.

Financial Assistance

  • Research Assistantship: Graduate students can receive monthly stipends and tuition support through the research grants/contracts from individual professors, based on half-time employment during the academic year and up to three months of summer employment. Contact individual professor for details.
  • Teaching Assistantship: Ggraduate students can receive teaching assistantships from the department for helping professors with undergraduate courses and laboratories. Contact department chair for details.
  • Defense Associated Graduate Student InnovatorsStudent-faculty research fellowships are available through Defense Associated Graduate Student Innovators (DAGSI), a state-funded consortium of Ohio universities. As DAGSI participants, students have the added benefit of tuition-free coursework, using the libraries, computational and research resources (including the Ohio Super Computer System) from any DAGSI institution. More information is available at

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program

The School of Engineering Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) Program encourages high-performing UD undergraduate students to continue their studies and complete a Master's Degree at UD. Earn your Master's degree in an accelerated program and enjoy a deeply discounted graduate tuition rate!


Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Eric Balster, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0232