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Engineering: Computer Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - December 10, 2019

Computer engineering

How much do electrical engineers earn in the US?

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 2018 median salaries for the careers in these segments are promising:

  • Computer Hardware Engineer - $114,600
  • Systems Software Developer - $110,000
  • Application Software Developer - $103,620

And, although the forecasted job growth (between 2018 and 2028) for hardware engineers – at 6% – is lower than the average, the growth rates for systems software developers and application software developers are 10%  and 26% respectively.

Top computer engineering masters programmes in the US

Want to learn more about the top MS and Meng computer engineering programmes in the US? Take a look at their rankings, degrees, estimated cost of attendance and the companies recruiting on their campuses. 

University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Berkeley (San Francisco), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR computer department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,932
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (MEngEECS)
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Berkeley graduates.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR computer department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,580
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SMEECS)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (MEngEECS)
    • Engineer in Computer Science
  • Take a look at companies recruiting MIT engineering graduates.

Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • USNWR computer department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.ECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 10
  • USNWR computer department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.Eng.ECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Illinois graduates.

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Atlanta, Georgia | South

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, Michigan | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR computer department rank: 6
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Degrees available
    • MS/MSE in Computer Science and Engineering

    • MS in Data Science

University of Texas ​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering

Austin, Texas| West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR computer department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,476
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Cockrell graduates.

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR computer department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.Eng.ECE)

Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Princeton, New Jersey| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR computer department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $85,120
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Computer Science (M.S.E.CS)

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR computer department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of California ​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering

San Diego, California | West

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, California | West

Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

New York, New York | Northeast

University of Maryland ​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering

College Park (Washington DC), Maryland | Northeast

University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR computer department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,206
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Computer and Information Science (CIS)
    • Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT)
    • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Data Science
    • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Embedded Systems (EMBS)
    • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Robotics (ROBO)
    • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Computer Graphics and Game Technology (CGGT)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Evanston (Chicago), Illinois| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 20
  • USNWR computer department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,098
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR computer department rank: 18
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $46,050
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)
    • Master of Engineering in Computer Science (MEngCS)
    • Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering (MEngCE)
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Virginia Tech graduates.

Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering

Durham, North Carolina | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR computer department rank: 23
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,830
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)

    • Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEngECE)

  • Take a look at companies recruiting Duke graduates.

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering

Houston, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • USNWR computer department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,714
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Computer Science (MCS)

    • Master of Science (MS) Degree in the field of Computer Science 

  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering

Minneapolis, Minnesota | Midwest

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR computer department rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (MSCSE)
    • Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering (MEngCSE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • USNWR computer department rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)

    • Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering (MEngCE)

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Texas A&M graduates.

Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering

Baltimore, Maryland | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • USNWR computer department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,642
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Science
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Offers spring admissions.

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR computer department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,473
  • Degrees available
    • Masters of Science in Computer Engineering
    • Masters of Science in Computer Networking
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting NC State graduates.

University of California ​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Irvine (Los Angeles), California | West

Yale University - Department of Computer Science

New Haven, Connecticut| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 38
  • USNWR computer department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $63,725
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Charlottesville, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR computer department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,532
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)
    • Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering (MECE)

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR computer department rank: 28
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (M.S.CE)
    • Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering (M.E.CE)

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR computer department rank: 34
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Information Systems 

    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering 

University of Colorado ​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Boulder, Colorado | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR computer department rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,346
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering (M.S.ECE)
    • Master of Engineering in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering (M.E.ECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Iowa State University - College of Engineering

Ames, Iowa | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR computer department rank: 34
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,902
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)
    • Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering (MECE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Tempe, Arizona | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 44
  • USNWR computer department rank: 34
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,555
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)

    • Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting ASU graduates.

Northeastern University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

New York University - Tandon School of Engineering

New York, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 40
  • USNWR computer department rank: 40
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,490
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)
    • Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Troy, New York | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR computer department rank: 40
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,306
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer & Systems Engineering (MSCSYS)
    • Master of Engineering in Computer & Systems Engineering (MEngCSYS)
  • Occasionally offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Rensselaer graduates.

Brown University - School of Engineering

Providence, Rhode Island| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR computer department rank: 40
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,328
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)

Boston University - College of Engineering

Boston, Massachusetts | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • USNWR computer department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $75,472
  • Degrees available
    • MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering (MSECE)
    • MEng in Computer Engineering (MEngCE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering

Notre Dame, Indiana | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR computer department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $76,280
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering (MSCSE)
  • Occasionally offers spring admissions.

University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • USNWR computer department rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,136
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on December 10, 2019. Originally published on October 19, 2017.


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