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Information on Master’s Degree Programs in Computer Engineering

Majors Overview September 1, 2015

This article talks about master’s degree programs in computer engineering and their coursework and job outlook.

Master’s Programs in Computer Engineering

As with other master’s programs, students complete a Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Engineering in about two years of full-time study. Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a bachelor’s degree in the same field. At many schools, the program is offered through distance learning, whereby students are allowed to set their schedules and study at their pace.


Apart from core coursework, students are given a choice of specializations in fields such as software engineering, bioinformatics or networking. The program typically ends in a thesis or a project. Core coursework may cover topic areas such as:

•Digital signals
•Microprocessor design
•Assembly and programming language
•Operating system design
•Computer architecture
•Software Engineering

Job Outlook

In 2012, there were 67,400 additional tech jobs (TechAmerica Foundation’s 2013 Cyberstates report). In 2010, job growth in the tech field was predicted by corporate executives and leaders of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group; according to the 2010 CEO Business Climate Survey conducted by the group, more jobs were planned to be created, according to the 58% of tech company CEOs surveyed. However, the additions may not compensate for all jobs lost during the previous year.

In 2012, employees in the technology field brought in average annual wages 98% higher than their counterparts in the private sector (2013 Cyberstates Report). New York, Virginia, Florida, Texas and California are among the states that recorded the most technology jobs and job growth in 2012.

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