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Engineering: Computer Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - October 19, 2017

Computer Engineering

Forbes includes computer engineering on its 2017 list of masters degrees with the highest earning potential. In fact, computer engineering takes fourth place on this list with an early career salary at $86,400 and mid-career pay coming in at $129,000.

The high earning potential is certainly mirrored by high median salaries provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, they break the field of computer engineering into smaller divisions. The 2015 median salaries for the careers in these segments are promising:

  • Computer Hardware Engineer - $111,730
  • Systems Software Developer - $105,570
  • Application Software Developer - $98,260

And, although the forecasted job growth (between 2014 and 2024) for hardware engineers – at three percent – is lower than the average, the growth rates for systems software developers and application software developers are 13 percent and 19 percent respectively.

With impressive job growth and salaries, combined with the understanding that advanced degrees are becoming ever more crucial in the field of engineering, it’s worth taking a look at the programmes that can help you achieve career success.

While you’re at it, be sure to check out the long list of companies (which is still only a fraction of the total) recruiting engineering masters grads across American campuses. With so many industries and positions available, you might just be inspired to get those grad school applications in even sooner. 

Quick view: Top US computer engineering programmes

Universities: US West

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Tempe, Arizona
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR computer department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,411
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering
Stanford (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 2
  • USNWR computer department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,726
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR computer department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,959
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Berkeley - School of Engineering
Berkeley (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR computer department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $61,102
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

University of California—​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 34
  • USNWR computer department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $51,005
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of California—​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Irvine (Los Angeles), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 37
  • USNWR computer department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,837
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Los Angeles, California

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 16
  • USNWR computer department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $59,302
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering
San Diego, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR computer department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $56,934
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Santa Barbara - College of Engineering
Santa Barbara, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19 
  • USNWR computer department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,450
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Colorado—​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Boulder, Colorado
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR computer department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,932
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering
Los Angeles, California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR computer department rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,387
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Texas—​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering
Austin, Texas
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR computer department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $37,274
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US Northeast


Boston University - College of Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 34
  • USNWR computer department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,861
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR computer department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,915
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR computer department rank: 16
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,890
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Ithaca, New York

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 13
  • USNWR computer department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,280
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering
Baltimore, Maryland
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR computer department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,915
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering
Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR computer department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $82,750
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
New York University - Tandon School of Engineering
New York, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR computer department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,491
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Northeastern University - College of Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR computer department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $42,666
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No

University Park, Pennsylvania

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR computer department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,000
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Princeton, New Jersey
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR computer department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,190
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering
Troy, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR computer department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,719
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Delaware - College of Engineering
Newark, Delaware
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 48
  • USNWR computer department rank: 70
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,713
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR computer department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,240
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR computer department rank: 43
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,435
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Rochester - Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Rochester, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR computer department rank: 49
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,108
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US South


Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering

Durham, North Carolina
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 29
  • USNWR computer department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $75,382
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering
Atlanta, Georgia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR computer department rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,248
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Raleigh, North Carolina

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR computer department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,510
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering
Houston, Texas
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 29
  • USNWR computer department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,763
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Gainesville, Florida

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR computer department rank: 29
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,284
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Charlottesville, Virginia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR computer department rank: 32
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,901
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering
Nashville, Tennessee
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • USNWR computer department rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $66,732
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR computer department rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,220
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

 Universities: US Midwest

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering
Cleveland, Ohio
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 50
  • USNWR computer department rank: 55
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $62,704
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
Iowa State University - College of Engineering
Ames, Iowa
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR computer department rank: 46
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,658
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: No
Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering
Evanston (Chicago), Illinois
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 19
  • USNWR computer department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,014
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Columbus, Ohio

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR computer department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $52,196
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR computer department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,118
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR computer department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $56,984
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor - College of Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR computer department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,144
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR computer department rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,006
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering
Notre Dame, Indiana
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 48
  • USNWR computer department rank: 43
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $71,856
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Wisconsin—​Madison - College of Engineering
Madison, Wisconsin
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 18
  • USNWR computer department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,369
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities offering ME degrees

Universities offering spring admissions

Quick view: Top computer engineering masters recruiters


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