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What will I learn?

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements for an M.S. degree, candidates are required to satisfy the following:

  • Either 24 credit hours of coursework and a master’s thesis or 30 credit hours of coursework.
  • Twelve credit hours of core courses. Students on campus are required to register for a seminar course (for zero credit hours of credit) for at least one term and secure a grade of Pass.
  • Six credit hours of concentration. Thesis students take six credit hours of thesis, instead of concentration.
  • Twelve credit hours of electives. All students are allowed to take at most three credit hours of independent study, which will be counted as one elective course.

The ECE Department requires that the courses taken constitute a coherent program leading to mastery in computer engineering. These requirements are discussed in the subsequent subsections. Any deviation from the stated requirements must be approved in writing from the student’s adviser and department chair.

Course Requirements

A student who elects to take the nonthesis option must take 12 credit hours of core courses, six credit hours of concentration and 12 credit hours of electives. The electives may be selected from available graduate-level course offerings in the Lyle School of Engineering, subject to the residency and level requirements and adviser approval. Those who elect to take the thesis option will substitute the concentration with thesis credit hours.

Core Courses
CS 7344 - Computer Networks and Distributed Systems II
ECE 7381 - Digital Computer Design
ECE 7385 - Microcontroller Architecture and Interfacing
ECE 7387 - Digital Systems Design

Concentration (6 credit hours in one of the following programs)

Architecture:
Two of the following:
CS 8377/ECE 8379 - Fault-Tolerant Computing
CS 8380 - Parallel and Distributed Processing
CS 8383 - Advanced Computer Architecture
ECE 7385 - Microcontroller Architecture and Interfacing

Design Automation:
Two of the following:
CS 7380 - VLSI Algorithms
CS 8377/ECE 8379 - Fault-Tolerant Computing
CS 8387/ECE 8387 - Switching Theory and Applications in VLSI CAD
ECE 7387 - Digital Systems Design

Networking:
Two of the following:

CS 7348 - Internetworking Protocols and Programming
CS 7349/ECE 7349 - Data and Network Security
CS 8344 - Computer Networks
CS 8349 - Advanced Network and System Security

Electives
Electives may be selected from available graduate-level course offerings in the Lyle School of Engineering, subject to the residency and level requirements and adviser approval.

Which department am I in?

Southern Methodist University - Lyle School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$36,000.00 per year
USD $1,200 per credit hour plus general student fee USD $293 per term credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 January 2023, 21 August 2023

Venue

Southern Methodist University - Lyle School of Engineering

3101 Dyer Street,

Dallas,

Texas,

75205, United States

Online/Distance (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$43,500.00 per year
USD $1,350 per credit hour plus distance learning fee USD $100 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 January 2023, 21 August 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association or completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.

For international students

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following:

A bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, computer science or closely related discipline

.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may also be admitted to the program and may be required to take articulation coursework.

A minimum GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale in the student’s junior and senior years.

A reasonable level of mathematical maturity.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – The minimum TOEFL score required is 80.

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) – The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the Academic version. IELTS General Training results are not acceptable. There is no IELTS institution code for Southern Methodist University.

Duolingo English Test (Online examination) - The minimum required Duolingo score is 110. There is no institutional code for Duolingo, but applicants will need to select "Lyle School of Engineering" as the institution. Duolingo scores are reported within 48 hours.

All international students use the following dates: May 15 for fall admission, and September 1 for spring admission.

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About Southern Methodist University - Lyle School of Engineering

Based in Dallas on the Southern Methodist campus, The Lyle School of Engineering has an innovative and practical approach to teaching.

  • In the top 11 percent of U.S. universities (WSJ/THE 2021)
  • 11:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Located on a 234-acre campus in Dallas, Texas
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and facilities

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