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Top Universities to Study Computer Science Engineering in the USA

Explore the fascinating world of computers with a degree in Computer Science Engineering. This article looks at some top-ranked universities in the USA.

Mahesh Ramani

Cornell University offers an engineering degree with an ultra-flexible course curriculum. The course allows students to pick the modules, which they want to study, and in a way design their own course

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In 1944, Howard Aiken and Grace Hopper worked on devising the Harvard Mark I Computer. Since then quite a lot of development work that has made modern computing affordable and reliable has taken place in the USA. Be it companies like IBM, Apple and Microsoft, or the all-pervading Google – they all trace their origins to the USA.

In such a scenario, the USA would be the perfect and most logical choice to study computer science engineering! This article looks at ten of the most highly-ranked and popular institutions in the USA, which offer a full-time course in Computer Science Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT – The name says it all. 
MIT is the world’s top-ranking institution across subject categories. The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department – EECS offers courses in computer engineering. The following undergraduate courses are offered – Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering and Computer Science and Molecular Biology. The Master of Engineering programme allows students to specialize in a relevant course-topic and conduct research. Research focuses on three areas - Artificial Intelligence, Systems, and Theory. EECS students explore subjects critical to advancement in today’s high-tech society — from mathematical computer theory to circuit design and electronics, control and communication theory, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

Stanford University

At Stanford University undergraduate and postgraduate courses in computer science are offered. The courses cover topics like – artificial intelligence, computer engineering, bio-computation, human computing, graphics, systems, computer theory and much more. . The department also has a special program, called CURIS, which provides research opportunities for students during the summer. The Stanford CS department is right in the middle of Silicon Valley. The department has excellent connections to local companies ensuring that there are ample internship opportunities and job-offers on completion of studies.

Carnegie Mellon University 

Carnegie Mellon offers an innovative - B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering programme. The programme is structured into relevant course modules covering the areas of engineering core principles, applied physics, mathematics, circuits, computer hardware and software and systems. The MS in Software Engineering is one of the top rated postgraduate courses in the USA. The programme is designed keeping in minds the needs of the software industry and emphasizes an understanding of the contemporary software systems context in embedded systems, mobility, cloud computing, web-based systems, and software security. 

Cornell University

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University offers the Master of Engineering degree with an ultra-flexible course curriculum. The course allows students to pick the modules, which they want to study and in a way design their own course. Students opting to focus on ‘Computer Engineering and Digital Systems’ will be able to conduct research on a variety of topics like - chip-level interconnection networks; secure computing platforms; power- and reliability-aware parallel architectures; reconfigurable and self-optimizing hardware; and much more.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech is known for its innovative and path-breaking contributions to academic research and the high quality of teaching. The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering administers the degree in computer engineering (CPE). CPE provides the critical technology base for a broad range of industries, including bioinformatics, computing hardware, computer networking and security, embedded computing and much more. The Masters in Information Technology offered by Virginia Tech is one of the most comprehensive programmes of its kind and covers an entire spectrum of subject topics. 

Harvard University

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University offers a computer science concentration as part of its undergraduate course offerings.  Graduate students can also opt for a secondary field in computational science and engineering (CSE). This Secondary Field is available to any student enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Completion of the Secondary Field will equip students with rigorous computational methods for approaching scientific questions. These approaches include mathematical techniques for modelling and simulation of complex systems; parallel programming and collaborative software development; and methods for organizing, exploring, visualizing, processing and analysing very large data sets.

University of Washington

The University of Washington offers a well-designed undergraduate degree in computer engineering and a degree in computer science as well. The computer engineering degree focuses on programming, foundations of computing, data analysis and interpretation and an in-depth study of computer software and hardware engineering.  The five-year integrated BS/MS programme is designed for students who are looking to secure a job. Students aspiring to focus on doctoral studies and academic research are advised to opt for the regular PhD.

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign is a leading research-oriented institution offering an excellent selection of courses. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the popular ‘Degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering’. This four-year course applies principles of physics and mathematics to the design, implementation, and analysis of computer, communication, and cyber-physical systems.

University of California – Berkeley

The Berkeley EECS major, offered through the College of Engineering (COE), combines fundamentals of computer science and electrical engineering in one major. The EECS Department offers two undergraduate programs: Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE).  The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences is an accelerated programme designed to develop professional engineering leaders of the future who understand the technical, economic, and social issues of technology. 

California Institute of Technology

Caltech as it is popularly known as offers extremely popular undergraduate and postgraduate courses in computer science, computing and mathematical sciences and applied and computational mathematics. Students pursuing a PhD in any discipline have the option to study a minor in ‘Computational Science and Engineering’. The CSE minor is intended to supplement one of Caltech's graduate degrees and is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of CSE beyond their major field of study.

These are just ten institutions and there are many more institutions across the USA, which offer a degree in computer engineering. The point to note is that the structure of the computer science and the computer engineering courses are similar to quite an extent but the computer engineering courses focus more on the technical aspects and are more intensive. The courses offered by the top-tier institutions are definitely quite expensive but deserving and meritorious students can apply for scholarships to fund their studies. The best option would be to pick a mid-size institution, which offers good facilities, internship options and is not too costly. Please go through our website to short-list institutions and compare fees and facilities on offer. 


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