What will I learn?

Computer engineering combines some of the thought-provoking aspects of computer science and electrical engineering. Computer engineers are particularly important today because embedded systems, which integrate hardware and software, are increasingly common in robotics, cellphones, computer-controlled platforms and elsewhere. Computer engineers are knowledgeable about both hardware and software, so, in particular, they’re in high demand wherever embedded systems are used.

Careers in Computer Engineering

Computer engineering concerns the design, construction, implementation and maintenance of software and hardware components of modern computing systems and computer-controlled equipment. Computer engineers work with computer systems in a wide range of products, including vehicular control systems, wearable devices, biomedical systems and a vast assortment of household devices.

Computer engineers design computer systems and components, develop and test prototypes and help take them to market. Having evolved over the past three decades as a separate discipline, computer engineering is solidly grounded in theories and principles of computing, mathematics, algorithms, science and engineering, and it applies these theories and principles to solve technical problems through the design of computer hardware, software, networks and processes.

Computer Engineering at UT Dallas

The computer engineering, or CE, curriculum is centered on system-level design, computer architecture and computer programming applications. This includes circuits and devices, computer systems and engineering software systems. Computer engineering at UT Dallas deals with the sensing, signal and data, processing and transmission of information by making extensive use of electrical engineering and computer science principles.

The CE program also encourages students and faculty to develop synergies with disciplines outside of engineering such as the life sciences. CE faculty members are actively involved in advanced research and teaching in all major areas of computer engineering, and the school has a large infrastructure of computing and laboratory resources.

Internships and Fast Track

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science operates one of the largest internship and cooperative education programs of its kind, averaging more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate student placements a year at Dallas-area high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Intel, Raytheon, Amazon, Apple, Google and IBM.

The Fast-Track Program enables qualified undergraduate students to include master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. When Fast-Track students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, they are automatically admitted to graduate school at UT Dallas. The hours required to complete the master’s degree are reduced by up to 15 hours by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed. So, Fast-Track undergraduates can have reduced numbers of hours of graduate coursework left in order to complete a master’s degree.

Which department am I in?

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Study options

Full Time (126 semester credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$40,840.00 per year
International Student Special Services Fee: USD $100
Start date

Expected January 2022


Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

800 W Campbell Road,



75080, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: A score of 550 on TOEFL paper based test; English 112 (provided by ELS Language Centers): Pass. PTE score of 67.

For international students

All applicants are reviewed individually and holistically. Consideration is given to factors such as:

  • Overall grades in academic coursework and trends in achievement
  • Strength of high school curriculum, including level of rigor (AP, IB, dual credit)
  • High school rank and GPA

TOEFL iBT (Internet-based): 80; TOEFL (Paper-based): 550; IELTS 6.5; PTE 67; ELS Language Centers: Pass Level 112; Duolingo English Test: 105.

Application Deadline: Fall term - December 1 (Priority); May 1 (Regular).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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