Top Schools for Computer Engineering

Aug 01, 2018

Read about computer engineering programs, typically found through a university's computer science or electrical engineering department. Learn about the degree options at four high-profile schools, and find a list of other technology institutes and universities in the U.S. that provide training for aspiring computer engineers.

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Computer engineering programs can be found at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels at many of the best schools in the U.S. Aspiring computer engineers can choose from a range of programs with many options.

Top schools that offer programs in computer engineering include the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California in Berkeley. All four schools have consistently received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their computer science and engineering programs.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

According to U.S. News & World Report, MIT placed 1st among computer science and engineering schools in 2016.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and engineering, including an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Molecular Biology. Graduate programs offered include a Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Electrical Engineer/Engineer in Computer Science, and Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Science. MIT reserves the MEng program for graduates of their Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School. Most programs emphasize experimentation and analysis through laboratories and research.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University is a private research institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked 2nd among computer engineering schools in 2016.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate program offers 8 options for minor study including robotics, machine learning, language technologies, computational biology, software engineering, human-computer interaction, neural computation, and computer science. Undergraduate students may also choose to accelerate their studies by choosing the 5th year master's program. Computer engineering majors can also take advantage of Carnegie Mellon's research institutes and centers, such as the Center for Advanced Process Decision-Making and the Data Storage Systems Center.

University of California in Berkeley

The University of California in Berkeley offers computer engineering programs ranked 2nd in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Engineering or a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering. The focus of the ECE degree in electrical engineering is an upper-level coursework, while CSE degree coursework focuses on computer science in higher courses. Either program may be offered as either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Art, depending on the coursework the student chooses to take. At the graduate level, students may choose from the professional Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences degree, the online Master of Advanced Study in Integrated Circuits, or the Master of Science which prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree. Students who choose to pursue a doctoral degree may choose a Ph.D. in Engineering or a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX

The school has ongoing research on software engineering and systems. UTA's Cockrell School of Engineering was ranked as the 10th-best in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

The school offers bachelors and master's degrees in computer engineering. The executive master's program is available online. Junior undergraduate students select two areas of specialization. Study abroad opportunities are available.

Top Schools

Other top schools with computer engineering programs include:

School Name Location Distinction
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Purdue has one of the largest computer engineering departments in the nation.
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA USC has areas of ongoing research include artificial intelligence, information management, and computational neuroscience.
Cornell University Ithaca, NY Students can take courses from the Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA The College of Engineering offers study abroad programs.
Stanford University Stanford, CA Stanford was ranked 2nd for computer engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA CalTech closely collaborates with numerous research centers to examine various areas of computer science and engineering.

When choosing a program, an aspiring computer engineer may take into consideration a school's rankings and what areas of research are offered in addition to areas specialization and study abroad opportunities.

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