Master of Science in Computer Engineering

The Master of Science in Computer Engineering is a 48-credit-hour program offered online and at our Colorado Springs campus. The program has been designed to cover research, design, development, and testing of computer hardware and software, along with the project management and leadership skills to prepare for increased responsibility in the engineering field.

The Master of Science in Computer Engineering program is designed to enable students to build on their engineering knowledge and develop an in-depth understanding of modern computer design for emerging and evolving electrical engineering technologies. Students have an opportunity to be involved in advanced design projects, including computer architectures, advanced CMOS technology, information system security techniques, and lifecycle design of software systems. They are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills to course projects based on industry trends, and develop project management and leadership skills.

Mission Statement
The mission of the College of Engineering is to develop team-oriented engineering professionals from diverse backgrounds who are prepared to ethically apply industry-relevant, real-world skills to achieve value-added solutions in a dynamic world.

Master of Science in Computer Engineering Outcomes
• Design advanced computer architectures
• Use advanced techniques for life-cycle design of software systems
• Use modern information system security techniques
• Design advanced CMOS circuitry
• Effectively use project management techniques

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

CE605Modern Computer Architecture


CE660Modern Computer Design


CE690Computer Engineering Capstone


CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations


CS671Software Systems Engineering Process


EE600Modern Solid State Devices


EE660Modern Electronic Design


INTD670Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making


SE600Systems Engineering I


SE610Systems Engineering II


Total Credit Hours:40

Courses: Electives

CS Elective Select one CS 600-level course


EE ElectiveSelect one EE 600-level course


Total Credit Hours:8

Total Credit Hours: 48

Program Requirements

MSCE Foundation Requirements

The Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid engineering background. Therefore, the MSCE program requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core engineering disciplines to be successful.

Students entering into the MSCE program without a bachelor’s degree in computer or electrical engineering will be required to successfully complete two MSCE foundation courses (MATH502 and CE502) covering the following discipline areas of engineering: calculus, differential equations, probability and statistics, linear and non-linear equations, discrete math, analog and digital electronics, circuit analysis, synchronous and combinational logic circuits, and embedded systems.

If a student can show evidence of satisfying the foundation course objectives through coursework from an accredited institution, the foundation requirement can be waived.

The foundation courses are also available to students who met the undergraduate requirements but who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.

The MSCE foundation course MATH502 must be completed and passed prior to beginning courses in the MSCE program. Students will need to complete and pass CE502 prior to the end of the first quarter.

Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation courses with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation courses, students are encouraged to work with the Student Success department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.

Students who do not meet the MSCE foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MSCE program.


  • Colorado Springs
  • Virtual Campus

Area of Study

  • Engineering & Computer Science

Degree Level

  • Master