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    Oct 20, 2019  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering, MS


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The department offers the Master of Science with a major in computer engineering.

Admission requirements

The student must satisfy all the general admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School as well as the following admission requirements of the computer science and engineering department:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Contact the department or the Toulouse Graduate School for information concerning typical admission test scores.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, UNT graduate school guidelines will be followed.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 on the most recent 60 hours of course work.
  • Completion of a sufficient amount of prior work in the field of computer science which may entail some undergraduate leveling sequences.
  • At least 12 hours of mathematics, including differential and integral calculus, discrete mathematics and two other courses selected from statistics, linear algebra, abstract algebra, logic, numerical analysis and differential equations. 

An overall evaluation of the student’s credentials is used as a basis for admission. Students with an insufficient computer science background may be provisionally admitted to the program and may enroll in graduate-level courses once any required leveling courses are completed with a grade of B or better. Admission is competitive, and satisfaction of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission to candidacy

After removal of all deficiencies and upon completion of all the leveling courses (as described below), the student is required to submit a formal degree plan to his or her advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School. Failure to fulfill this requirement may prevent the student from enrolling the following term/semester. Admission to candidacy is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School after the degree plan has been approved.

Leveling courses

  • CSCE 2100, Computing Foundations I
  • CSCE 2110, Computing Foundations II
  • CSCE 3612, Embedded Systems Design
  • CSCE 3730, Reconfigurable Logic
  • EENG 3510, Electronics I (Devices and Materials)

All entering students must demonstrate knowledge of the material covered in these courses. An entering student may demonstrate knowledge of the material by:

  • Completing the courses at UNT
  • Completing similar courses at another institution
  • Evidence based on employment experience

A student may be required to successfully pass a placement exam to demonstrate their knowledge of the material.

Degree requirements

Option A: Thesis option (30 hours that include 6 hours of thesis).

Leveling courses cannot be counted.

Option B: Course option (36 hours that may include 3 hours of project or 6 hours of problem in lieu of thesis).

Leveling courses cannot be counted.

Course selection

  • Leveling course(s) are required if applicant does not have a BS with a major in computer engineering.
  • Select one core course from three of the four specialty areas.
  • Select at least three courses from one area; at least one of these should be a 6000-level course.
  • No more than 3 hours in non-organized class (such as individual study).

Academic standards

If a student’s GPA on all graduate and/or deficiency courses falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation the following term/semester. Students who cannot raise their GPA above 3.0 during that term/semester will be dropped from the program. To qualify for the master’s degree, the student must earn a grade of B or better in each of the core courses.

Course requirements


 The four computer engineering areas are VLSI, communications and networks, real-time systems, and computer systems. The specific courses comprising each area can be obtained from the department.

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