Online Master's in Computer Engineering

Master of Science in Computer Engineering

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills in computer engineering? Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Computer Engineering was designed to help computer engineering professionals prepare to produce quality work—as well as motivate and lead technical workers. The MSCE program covers research, design, development and testing of computer hardware and software, along with the project management and leadership skills designed to help you prepare for increased responsibility in the engineering field. The capstone course offers the opportunity to complete a project or study that focuses on a technical problem or current issue in engineering.

Occupations in the computer industry are projected to grow faster than other occupations in the economy, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They project that employment of computer and information technology occupations will grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026.1

The CTU Master of Science in Computer Engineering degree program is designed to help build an in-depth understanding of modern computer design for emerging and evolving technologies.

For the second year in a row, CTU's Master of Science in Computer Engineering degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Engineering Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

* Several CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 best online programs list.
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  • February 18, 2020
  • April 07, 2020
  • May 19, 2020




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  • Program Overview

    Effective July 2, 2019, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Colorado Springs campus.

    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.


    This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

    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.

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CE605 Modern Computer Architecture 4
    CE660 Modern Computer Design 4
    CE690 Computer Engineering Capstone 4
    CS651 Computer Systems Security Foundations 4
    CS671 Software Systems Engineering Process 4
    EE600 Modern Solid State Devices 4
    EE660 Modern Electronic Design 4
    INTD670 Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making 4
    SE600 Systems Engineering I 4
    SE610 Systems Engineering II 4
    Total Credit Hours: 40
    Courses: Electives
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS Elective Select one CS 600-level course 4
    EE Elective Select one EE 600-level course 4
    Total Credit Hours: 8

    Total Credit Hours: 48

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    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.

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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Computer Systems Analysts,, visited April 10, 2018