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Schools with Computer Network Engineering Programs

Programs in computer network engineering train students in electronics, computer science and career skills. Prospective students should keep in mind a few considerations when choosing a computer network engineering school.

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Computer network engineering programs are available at various degree levels at universities, community colleges, technical schools and vocational colleges around the country.

10 Computer Engineering Degree Schools

The following 4-year schools offer degree programs in the field:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $46,704
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $46,320
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,431 (In-state) $38,139 (Out-of-state)
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $50,665
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $15,054 (In-state) $30,214 (Out-of-state)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $13,856 (In-state) $43,476 (Out-of-state)
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $12,204 (In-state) $32,396 (Out-of-state)
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Doctorate $45,390
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $49,116
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $43,450

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when deciding on a school that offers computer engineering:

  • Look for programs that offer general computer science courses in addition to a core in network operating systems and network security to be a well-rounded candidate for future jobs.
  • Choose schools that provide internship opportunities and/or certification preparation.
  • Explore programs that have concentrations, specializations or courses that match your interests and career goals.
  • Those looking for employment as a computer network engineer might want to pursue at least a 4-year bachelor's degree program since this degree often is required for the job.

Associate's Degree in Computer Network Engineering

Associate's degree programs, which generally can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, prepare students for entry-level jobs. Courses in these 2-year programs might include C++ programming and circuitry fundamentals. Students also might need to complete some general education requirements, and they may have opportunities to participate in externships.

Bachelor's Degree in Network Engineering or Computer Engineering Technology

Baccalaureate programs typically provide 3-4 years of full-time study in computer networking technologies, career skills and the liberal arts. Networking courses are similar to those in associate's degree programs, but other required courses might include statistics, communications and business leadership. Some bachelor's degree programs also require that students complete a senior capstone project or internship.

Master's Degree in Network Engineering

Graduate programs in network engineering typically are designed for professionals looking to advance their careers in the field; thus, most can be completed on a full- or part-time basis in 1-3 years. Courses in these programs might include network algorithms and advanced network security. Some graduate programs also allow the student to choose a specialization within computer network engineering, such as security or design, and they may require the student to complete a capstone design project for graduation.

Computer network engineering degree programs are available at numerous 4-year public and private schools throughout the country. As they are searching for a school to attend, students should consider things like internship opportunities and how well programs match up with their future career goals.

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