Top Schools for Computer Hardware Engineering

Read about programs in computer hardware engineering, which include the research, development and testing of computer components. Learn about the degree options at four high-ranking universities, and find a list of other U.S. schools that provide training for computer hardware engineers. View article »

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  • 0:36 University of Washington
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School Information

The minimal education requirement for obtaining a position as a computer hardware engineer is a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as those offered by the high-ranking national universities described here. Undergraduate programs in computer hardware engineering typically confer bachelor's or associate's degrees, though master's degree programs are also available. All of the following schools have been accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission, a group within the nationally recognized Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

University of Washington in Seattle

The University of Washington in Seattle offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering or Computer Science with the option to specialize in hardware engineering and design. The school also has a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering program. Students can opt for an accelerated program, which combines bachelor's- and master's-level studies and takes five years to complete.

University of Florida in Gainesville

The University of Florida in Gainesville offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with a diverse selection of concentrations, such as Computer System Architecture, Computer Communications, Computer Network Architecture, Computer Systems and Controls, Machine Learning, Man-Machine Interaction, Robotics, and Machine Intelligence.

Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI

At this Jesuit Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, students can pursue an Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering with a concentration in hardware engineering. Unique to the program is the option to pursue a customized course of study or minor in computer science or math. Marquette was the 10th higher education institution to be bestowed the Changemaker Campus title by the Ashoka Institute.

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC

At Central Piedmont Community College, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Engineering Technology. The curriculum includes topics related to hardware engineering, including hardware interfacing and instrumentation. Graduates can find entry-level IT jobs or transfer to bachelor's degree programs in engineering technology.

Top Computer Hardware Engineering Programs

Here are some more schools with strong hardware engineering programs:

School Name Location Distinction
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO Offers a Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering focuses on hardware
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI Offers 70 transferable computer hardware engineering credits, which can be applied to programs at Lawrence Technological University
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA A Master of Science in Computer and Engineering Science has a computer hardware track
Utah State University Logan, UT The impressive job placement rate for graduates of the computer science program is one of the highest in the state
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT Master of Engineering students can complete most of their coursework online

To recap, students who want to study computer hardware engineering can enroll in undergraduate or graduate programs specifically in that field at some schools, while other institutions offer relevant coursework within broader programs like computer science or electrical engineering.

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