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Master’s in Computer Engineering from St. Mary’s

Computer engineers design and implement computer systems. Computer engineering is a combination of electrical engineering (hardware) and computer science (software and systems).

Computer engineers work on the entire computer system, from networks to embedded systems to software.

  • Degree Plan

    Student can select from either a thesis or project options, with specific requirements for each. Topics of concentration include computer architecture, parallel processing, microprocessors, computer networking, and software engineering.

    This program offers a balanced curriculum in hardware and software, while allowing students to tailor their degree to focus in hardware, software or both.

    The department also offers a unique five-year combined degree. Undergraduate students begin graduate course work during their senior years and complete a master’s degree in one additional year.

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission is granted only to those with a high promise for success in graduate study, as demonstrated through previous academic records and testing.

    To be considered for admission, applicants must:

    • Have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline, such as computer science, physics or mathematics may be admitted with the provision that they take the prerequisite courses listed below. The Graduate Program Director will evaluate these cases on an individual basis.
    • Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (A = 4.00) for their bachelor’s degrees.
    • Have a minimum GRE quantitative score of 148.
    • Applicants who fail to meet any of the above standards may be admitted on a conditional basis. The graduate program director evaluates these cases on an individual basis.
    • International student must submit the TOEFL scores and show a minimum of 80 in the Internet-based test or 213 in the computer-based test or 550 in the paper-based test. As an alternative to the TOEFL, International Student can take the IELTS test and show a minimum score of 6.5 or better. A score of 6.0 is acceptable with the provision that the student takes EN6301 during the first semester at St. Mary’s University. No student will be admitted with score lower than 6.0 in the IELTS test.


    • Logic Design Laboratory
    • Circuit Analysis Laboratory
    • Fundamentals of Logic Design
    • Circuit Analysis I
    • Programming for Engineers
    • Data Structure and Algorithms
    • Calculus I and II
    • Discrete Math Structures

  • Computer Engineering Courses

    Selected course offerings:

    • Software Engineering
    • Computer Architecture
    • Statistical Data Analysis
    • Software Project Planning and Management
    • Neural Networks
    • Computer Security

    See the catalog for course descriptions and requirements:

  • Career Opportunities

    This degree prepares students for highly technical positions in fields such as:

    • Computer networking
    • Communications systems
    • Integrated systems
    • Fiber optics
    • Microprocessors
    • Robotics
    • Software design
    • Embedded systems
    • Digital systems design

Financial Aid

St. Mary’s offers various scholarships, grants and assistantships to graduate students. Military, their dependents and Department of Defense employees may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-436-3141 or finaid@stmarytx.edu for additional information or visit www.stmarytx.edu/finaid.

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Learn more about Computer Engineering

Interested in pursuing a master’s in Computer Engineering? We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Feel free to reach out to speak to one of our dedicated faculty.

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