School and Ranking Information
There is only one postsecondary institution located directly in Richmond, VA, that offers degree programs in computer engineering. Based on ranking, student population and availability of advanced degrees in computer engineering, the following university is considered a top school in Richmond for this field of study:
- Winner: Virginia Commonwealth University is the only school of any type in Richmond to offer computer engineering studies. It is also the only university within 25 miles of Richmond to have master's and doctoral degree programs in this subject. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Computer Engineering, or they can pursue a Ph.D. in Engineering with a computer engineering concentration.
School Info Chart
|Category||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Ranking||#156 (tie) Best National Universities (2015); #84 (tie) Top Public Schools (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $12,002 (in-state); $29,473 (out of state)**|
|Computer Engineering Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees|
|Computer Engineering Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||20**|
|Most Popular Computer Engineering Degree in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (20 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||57%**|
|Noteworthy||Ranks among top 50 public research universities in the U.S. (2012)***; undergraduate program in computer engineering accredited by ABET|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***The Center for Measuring University Performance
Virginia Commonwealth University
- 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Internship opportunities available
- School of Engineering features state-of-the-art computer labs and microelectronics center
Founded in 1838, Virginia Commonwealth University is home to nearly 31,000 students each year and offers more than 200 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. VCU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer engineering.
The core and major curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program includes differential equations, electronic circuits, microelectronics, programming and product development. It requires completion of a senior design studio project, as well as a capstone project and at least 16 credit hours of electives. Students may choose to complete an internship for credit.
The 30-credit-hour Master of Science in Engineering program with an electrical and computer engineering track offers either a thesis or non-thesis option. Students spend 12 credit hours studying their chosen specialization track and 12 studying electives, which can include various subjects from engineering, computer science and the life sciences. Six credit hours are dedicated to independent research, which may culminate in a thesis.
The Ph.D. in Engineering program with an electrical and computer engineering track can be completed in at least three years, with 60 credit hours needed past the bachelor's degree level or 30 credit hours past the master's degree level. Research leading to the student's doctoral dissertation is the major focus of the program.