For the past 20 years, an explosion in computer technology has caused nearly every aspect of our lives to be driven by a computer. With the increasing need for computers and systems to interact efficiently, a new wave of technology is expected to continue and accelerate this trend into the future. Professionals whose knowledge integrates expertise from both the electrical engineering and computer science fields will be in high demand. Computer engineers meet this demand by combining expertise in low-level software, high-level hardware and integrated system design.
The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Engineering degree program is geared toward preparing students for the professional practice of computer engineering, and is available in a thesis or non-thesis program. The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provides outstanding facilities and laboratories to support the research and academic efforts of its students, including the Circuits and Logic Design Lab, the Communications Systems Lab, the Digital Signal Processing Lab, the Electronics, Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab, the Graphic Simulation Lab, the High-Speed Electronics Lab, the Image Understanding Lab, and the System Dynamics Lab.
Computer Engineering Admission Requirements
Prospective students must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.
Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships
FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships to qualified domestic and international students. The amounts of these awards vary depending on the type of award, but they may provide full tuition and a monthly stipend.
The Non-Thesis Master’s program:
Students may choose the non-thesis option for their master’s degree. The degree requirements differ from the thesis option in two aspects. First, the student can petition to be exempt from the thesis requirement, including the 6 credits it entails by substitution of graduate project. Second, the candidate will be required to pass a comprehensive final examination. This exam will be given by a committee selected by the department. The membership of this committee may include faculty and engineers from industry. The exam is intended to test the candidate’s general ability in the areas of study and it will be given near the end of the candidate’s final semester. A student who fails the exam may not attempt it again until one semester has elapsed or upon the completion of additional course work prescribed by the examining committee. The exam may be taken only once.
The Thesis Master’s program consists of 24 semester credit hours of course work, a minimum of 6 semester credit hours of Master’s Thesis, and a final oral examination that includes an oral defense of the thesis.