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Computer Engineering Master’s Degree Online

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering(ECpE) offers a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering 100% online.  A typical schedule includes one class a semester, allowing students to finish their degree in 5 years.  Research areas within the ECpE department include:

  • Advanced Electronics and Materials
  • Communication, Controls, and Signals
  • Computing and Networking Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Secure and Reliable Computing
  • Software Systems

Admission Requirements

Prospective students are encourage to apply for admission at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester. For fall admission, apply by July 15; for spring admission, apply by December 1. Students may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program.  Admission and application procedures for the Computer Engineering graduate program can be found on the ECpE department page and on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

Coursework Only Option
The Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering degrees are designed to assist all individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related areas pursue in-depth study in electrical or computer engineering. With the rapidly changing technological landscape in engineering industries, an advanced degree or continuing education seemingly is becoming increasingly necessary. Our Master of Engineering programs are based on coursework credits only (no thesis or creative component is required), and courses are offered via our online streaming media online education program.

How to Apply?

Apply using Iowa State’s Admissions Web site and Graduate College Web site.

You will need:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • A general application

GRE scores are required only if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 or if you have less than two years of full-time employment experience.

Degree Requirements

To complete this program you need:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework (No fewer than 22 of these credits shall be earned at Iowa State.)
  • At least 24 of the 30 credit hours of coursework must be from electrical and computer engineering with 12 of those credits from a single area of focus and six from outside the area of focus. See Core Research Areas for Graduate Study information on focus areas.
  • Independent Study credits (EE or CprE 590) may be taken as often as desired, but only 3 credit hours may be counted toward the credit requirements for your program of study.

Creative Component Option
The Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering consists of a total of 30 credit hours.  Students typically are allowed to transfer up to 6 credit hours of non-ISU graduate credit into their degree program.  More credits may be allowable as long as they have received a grade of B or better and are allowed by the student’s Program of Study Committee.  While most off-campus students choose the non-thesis option, a thesis option is available.

Contact Information

Vicky Thorland-Oster
Manager Student Services
Engineering-LAS Online Learning
800-854-1675 or 515-294-7470