2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) 
    May 16, 2022  
2013-2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Engineering, M.S.

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Degree Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the MS program requires a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering or computer science from an accredited institution. Students not meeting these requirements are considered for admission on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to the completion of appropriate undergraduate courses to remove any deficiencies in preparation. Topics in which deficiencies must be removed include logic circuits design, state analysis and synthesis techniques, computer architecture, data structures and algorithms and C or C++ programming. Students not meeting entrance requirements will be considered on an individual basis, and may be admitted subject to the completion of appropriate courses to remove deficiencies in preparation.

Course Requirements

One must complete a total of 30 credits, as described below, with an overall average of 3.0, to earn a Master of Science in Computer Engineering degree at the School of Engineering. In addition, an average of 3.0 is also required among all regular courses, not counting independent studies including thesis, projects and reading courses. At least 15 out of 30 credits should be graduate ECE credits (courses with EL-prefix). Remaining course can be either EL or CS prefixed courses.

Group 1 (6 Credits): Required Courses

Group 2 (21 Credits):

Other graduate ECE and CSE courses (courses with EL and CS prefixes). With adviser approval up to two courses pertinent to computer engineering can be taken from other departments at NYU.

Group 3 (3 Credits) Project requirement:

One 3-credit advanced project in ECE/CSE (EL-GY 9953  or CS-GY 9963 ) is required.

MS Thesis Option (6 credits):

A thesis in ECE/CSE (EL-GY 997x /CS-GY 997X ) may be selected to replace the 3-credit Advanced Project and a course from Group 2 above.


Up to 3 credits of approved internships (CP-GY 9911 , CP-GY 9921 , 1.5 credit each) can be applied towards the 30 credits MS degree requirement. For an internship to be approved for credits, the internship job must provide industry and/or research experience relevant to the Computer Engineering degree program. All internships must be approved and supervised by an ECE faculty member. Students must secure a faculty member’s commitment for advising an internship. The student must submit a project report to the advisor upon completion of the internship for the evaluation of the internship course. The total credits for independent studies including MS thesis, projects, reading, and internship cannot exceed 9 credits within the 30 credits towards the MS degree.

Transfer Credits:

No transfer credits are accepted towards the MS degree.


The School of Engineering requires a GPA of 3.0 in all graduate courses, except those used for the undergraduate degree. No more than 9 of 30 credits may be taken outside of SOE. Also, such credits are not used in computing the GPA. An average of 3.0 is required in courses taken to satisfy groups 1 and 2 above. These courses must be taken at the School of Engineering. If some courses are excused because the student took them in an undergraduate program or received transfer credits, adviser-approved substitute courses are used to calculate this average. Overall, 30 credits are required for the degree. Students should consult the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Manual. The manual provides detailed rules and procedures, including student status, transfer credits, recommended electives and one-year sequences, current areas of research and disqualification for low grades.

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