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    Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering, MS

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. In addition, a successful applicant usually meets the following admission criteria of the computer science and engineering department:

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE). See the department’s web page for information concerning typical admission test scores.
  • All applicants to the University of North Texas must show proof of English language proficiency (see
  • A current GPA of at least 3.0 on course work.
  • Completion of a sufficient amount of prior work in the field of computer engineering which may entail some undergraduate leveling courses.
  • 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 engineering 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 any deficiencies, graduate students who have been enrolled in 18 or more semester credit hours will be required to submit a degree plan. If a degree plan is not submitted on time, a registration block will be placed, and not removed, until an approved degree plan is submitted to and approved by the Graduate School. 

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

The computer science and engineering department offers two master’s degree options.

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

Leveling and internship courses cannot be counted.

Option B: Course option (33 hours).

Leveling and internship courses cannot be counted.

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.


Elective credits can be from the core or any concentration courses beyond the credit hour requirements, or any organized course within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. All students in the department are permitted to take one course outside of the department with prior approval of an advisor.