Graduate Degrees and Certificates

The computer engineering program offers graduate programs of study which lead to the MS degree (thesis and non-thesis options), the Ph.D. degree and the doctorate of engineering (D.Eng) degree. Masters degrees can be obtained both on-campus and through distance options. Selection of specific options and programs of study is determined by student subject to approval by advisor and department.

The electrical engineering program in the department of electrical and computer engineering offers graduate programs of study which lead to the M.S. degree (thesis and non-thesis options), the Ph.D. degree and the doctor of engineering degree. Both, the Rolla campus and the Engineering Education Center in St. Louis offer M.S. programs. Most graduate programs in electrical engineering normally include some specialization in one or more of the following six emphasis areas of electrical engineering.

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Graduate Degree in Computer Engineering

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) developed this handbook to assist you with the electrical engineering program. We provide the names of a number of professors and administrators that you can contact. We also summarize information available in other Missouri S&T documents and provide websites where you can find more information.

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Emphasis areas

Topics include hardware/software co-design, IC design, electromagnetic compatibility, VLSI design, and secure embedded systems design.

Topics include network analysis and synthesis, cyber-physical systems, wireless networks, sensor networks, dependability, and fault tolerance.

Topics include high performance systems, parallel processors, GPU computing, and heterogeneous systems architecture.

Topics include clustering, adaptive resonance and reinforcement learning architectures, learning and adaptation, hardware and applications, neurofuzzy regression, traveling salesman problem heuristics, robotic swarms, bioinformatics, medical informatics, machine vision, and automation.

Graduate certificate programs

On campus

Graduate certificates give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in a particular discipline, learn the latest in developing fields, and stay competitive in today's marketplace. By taking a few courses, students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge in a field. Graduate certificate programs may also be used as a pathway to a graduate degree program and credit earned in the certificate can be counted toward the master’s degree. A student needs to earn a B or better in each certificate course to continue on for their master’s degree without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores.

This graduate certificate program provides practicing engineers the opportunity to develop the necessary skills in the use and development of computational intelligence algorithms based on evolutionary computation, neural networks, fuzzy logic, and complex systems theory. Engineers can also learn how to integrate common sense reasoning with computational intelligence elective courses such as data mining and knowledge discovery.

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The information assurance and security officer essentials graduate certificate program satisfies the 4011 and 4014 standards. Coordination of this certificate is through the graduate coordinators for computer science and computer engineering. The certificate will be awarded in the department of the student's choice (computer science or computer engineering).

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This certificate is a joint effort between computer engineering and systems engineering to provide practicing engineers with the necessary skills to develop and design the operation of network centric systems. These four courses count towards a M.S. degree in computer engineering or systems engineering and they address the intersection between network engineering, systems engineering, and architecting.

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Graduate distance programs

You could be earning college credit toward your master's degree and advancing your career. At Missouri S&T, we offer nationally ranked online graduate programs


All Ph.D. students and thesis-option M.S. students are expected to conduct significant research with their research advisors and advisory committee toward their thesis/dissertation. Whether you are interested in research scopes as large as global communications and cyber infrastructure, or as small as micro/nano-scale devices, our graduate programs in ECE will offer you a broad array of exciting areas of study. High-quality research suitable for publication is expected when pursuing the thesis option M.S. or a doctoral degree.

ECE offers a wide variety of research opportunities with faculty who are some of the world’s foremost experts in their fields. In addition to ECE departmental research groups, interdisciplinary research is an essential component of our graduate programs. Students often conduct research in association with our interdisciplinary centers, institutes, and laboratories, including the following:

  • Center for Biomedical Research
  • Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies
  • Center for Research in Energy and Environment
  • Intelligent Systems Center
  • Materials Research Center

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Entrance Requirements

Please note: the electrical and computer engineering's minimum admission requirements often exceed general university requirements. In case of discrepancies, departmental requirements supersede all others.

Certificate minimum admissions requirements

  • B.S. degree in any field of engineering
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (a minimum 'B' grade is required) in the CT courses

Master's degree admissions requirements

  • Completed B.S. degree from ABET accredited university (or equivalent international)
  • Recommended undergraduate GPA: 3.3/4.0 or higher
  • Recommended GRE score: Quantitative (155), Verbal+Quantitative (305) and Technical Writing (3.5)
  • Three reference letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommended TOEFL (international applicants only) score:  88 IBT (internet-based test), 570 PBT (paper-based test), 230 CBT (computer-based test)
  • Minimum IELTS score (international applicants only): 6.5 (interchangeable with TOEFL)

Doctoral degree admissions requirements

  • Completed M.S. degree with recommended minimum graduate GPA 3.5/4.0 or higher (for applicants with M.S. degree)
  • Competed B.S. degree with recommended minimum GPA 3.5/4.0 or higher (for applicants without M.S. degree)
  • Meeting all other requirements for admission to M.S. program
  • Three reference letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Securing a Ph.D. advisor

Securing an Advisor

There are two options in the Master program (thesis option and non-thesis option). The non-thesis option requires coursework only, while the thesis option requires a thesis  with your research advisor with less course work.

Both options are equally considered for admission without preference or priority. For the thesis option, procedure of how to secure an advisor and seek his or her confirmation is the same as that of PhD (see PhD requirements below). Master students may change the degree option at any time during the study.

The most important thing for PhD admission is to secure your tentative advisor, even before you formally apply (individual contact as stated below). View the department's faculty directory to review each faculty member's research areas and identify your potential PhD advisor. Contact the faculty member by email with your portfolio (CV, transcript, publication, etc.). If he or she is willing to serve as your PhD advisor, seek confirmation.

Once you have a confirmation, ask for a Recommendation Letter from your potential advisor and specify your potential advisor in your Statement of Purpose to be part of your application package. Please note that the confirmation to serve as your advisor does not mean you’ll be automatically offered a financial assistantship. You need to ask the advisor about the availability of assistantship (see the link to “Graduate Degree Funding”).

You may  apply formally for PhD without this procedure of securing the advisor. We will circulate your application materials to faculty members to see if someone is interested in serving as your advisor. If you are applying for the PhD program without a MS degree (directly from BS) and without securing an advisor, we may still admit you as an MS to be able to convert to PhD within 2-3 semesters (all your credits are then counted toward PhD). During this period, you interact with faculty and demonstrate your aptitude for PhD.

Graduate degree funding

At Missouri S&T we value our graduate students. In our commitment to your education, we've put together several funding opportunities to help make your degree an excellent return on investment. Take a look at what we have to offer.