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Master of Science in Computer Engineering

32 credit hours

Thesis option

The purpose of this degree is to prepare students for advanced study and/or research and industry in the field of computer engineering. The Master of Science in Computer Engineering (M.S.CP.E.) program builds a strong foundation in all aspects of the design and development of computer systems, with a specialization in a major area. Students have the option to pursue thesis research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Areas of study include computer hardware design, computer networking and telecommunications, and computer system and application software. The program is normally completed in three semesters of full-time study. Students whose accredited B.S. degree is not in computer engineering may pursue theM.S.CP.E.,provided that they have an adequate background and can demonstrate proficiency in the material contained in the following undergraduate courses: ECE 211 and ECE 213 (Circuit Analysis I and II), ECE 218 (Digital Systems), ECE 242 or CS 350 (Digital Computers and Computing), ECE 311 (Engineering Electronics), CS 201 (i.e., CS 115 and CS 116 combined, Object Oriented Programming I-II), CS 401 (Introduction to Advanced Studies in CS), and MATH 252 (Introduction to Differential Equations).

A student may demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing the courses or by demonstrating satisfactory performance in one or more special examinations administered by the department. The program of study includes a minimum of 32 credit hours of acceptable graduate coursework, with a minimum of 21 credit hours of ECE coursework. A minimum of 20 credit hours must be taken at the 500-level or higher excluding short courses and Master s Seminar. Up to two credits of master s seminar (ECE 595 or ECE 596), and up to six credits of ECE short courses may be applied to the degree. Students, in consultation with their adviser, select courses appropriate to their needs and interests. The program of study must include two core and two elective courses within one of the following computer engineering (CPE) areas of concentration, and at least one core course from the remaining two areas.

An M.S.CP.E. candidate may, with permission of a thesis adviser, include in his or her program a thesis of six to eight credit hours. The master s thesis is strongly recommended for pre-doctoral students. The thesis option requires a written thesis and an oral defense of the thesis. Thesis format and deadlines are set by the Graduate College.

Areas of Concentration

Computer Hardware Design

Core courses

ECE 529 Advanced VLSI Systems Design OR
ECE 429 Introduction to VLSI Design AND
ECE 585 Advanced Computer Architecture

Elective courses

ECE 425 Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits
ECE 441 Microcomputers
ECE 446 Advanced Logic Design
ECE 485 Computer Organization and Design
ECE 583 High Speed Computer Arithmetic
ECE 584 VLSI Architectures for Signal Processing and Communications
ECE 585 Advanced Computer Architecture
ECE 586 Fault Detection in Digital Circuits
ECE 587 Hardware/Software Codesign
ECE 588 CAD Techniques for VLSI Design

Computer Systems Software

Core courses

CS 550 Comparative Operating Systems
CS 551 Operating System Design and Implementation

Elective courses

ECE 448 Mini/Micro Computer Programming
ECE 449 Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Simulation
ECE 587 Hardware/Software Codesign
CS 487 Software Engineering I
CS 545 Distributed Computing Landscape
CS 546 Parallel Processing
CS 555 Analytic Models and Simulation of Computer Systems
CS 586 Software Systems Architectures
CS 587 Software Project Management
CS 588 Advanced Software Engineering Development
CS 589 Software Testing and Analysis

Networks and Telecommunications

Core courses

ECE 407 Introduction to Computer Networks AND/OR
ECE 545 Advanced Computer Networks
ECE 541 Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks
ECE 542 Design and Optimization of Computer Networks

Elective courses

ECE 504 Wireless Communication System Design
ECE 508 Signal and Data Compression
ECE 511 Analysis of Random Signals
ECE 513 Communication Engineering Fundamentals
ECE 514 Digital Communication Principles
ECE 515 Modern Digital Communications
ECE 519 Coding for Reliable Communications
ECE 543 Computer Network Security
ECE 570 Fiber Optic Communication Systems
ECE 584 VLSI Architectures for Signal Processing and Communications
CS 455 Data Communications
CS 544 Computer Networks II: Network Services