Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog 
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog

Computer Engineering, M.S.

Major Code: 8040 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Admission Status: Graduate
Admission Materials: Résumé/CV, transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of objectives Location(s): Main campus - Melbourne

The computer engineering program is committed to excellence in teaching, innovative and challenging research programs, and providing opportunities for the student’s development of professional engineering competence and scholarly achievement. A commitment to innovative research stimulates an excellent teaching and research program that allows graduates to use imaginative solutions to engineering problems. The program offers opportunities for graduates to pursue positions in research and development laboratories, industry and government.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Computer Engineering is offered with both thesis and nonthesis options. Each requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of approved graduate study; however, course choices vary considerably depending on the student’s area of interest. Before completing 9 semester credit hours, a student must submit for approval a master’s degree program plan to indicate the specific courses to be taken. Up to 6 credit hours of thesis may be included in the 30-credit-hour requirement. A nonthesis candidate must successfully pass the master’s final program examination and complete 6 credit hours of elective courses. The master’s final program examination measures the student’s understanding of topics in the core courses.


To earn the master of science degree, students are required to complete a program plan totaling 30 credit hours. This comprises a minimum of five ECE 5000-level courses, with at least three of them being at the 55xx-level. Additionally, the curriculum must include at least one 5000-level mathematics (MTH) course. Students also need to take two advisor-approved 5000-level courses from engineering, math or science disciplines (such as ECE, MTH or CSE), and 6 credit hours dedicated to either thesis work or other approved electives.

Program for Graduates from Other Fields

A student admitted to this program is expected to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the equivalent, with an undergraduate major in an engineering discipline, mathematics or the physical sciences and an academic or professional record indicating a high probability of success in graduate work. Preparatory courses required to provide a student with the background necessary for successful graduate study in computer engineering are listed below. Depending on the individual’s background, other courses (e.g., differential equations and linear algebra) may also be required. Proficiency in these areas may be demonstrated by either successful course completion or by passing an equivalency examination. When possible, a student will be notified of deficiencies at the time of acceptance. In addition to the preparatory work described, all degree requirements listed above for the master of science degree must be fulfilled.

Total Credits Required: 30