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Computer Engineering MS & PhD

The Computer Engineering (CpE) Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in research or academia with specializations including computer systems and reconfigurable devices, sensor networks, software engineering, intelligent systems and Machine Learning, and computer networks. The specific research that each of the faculty conduct can be found at the Department of ECE website (

Orlando, one of the nation’s most dynamic metropolitan areas and noted for its quality of life and vacation attractions, is the center of Florida’s I-4 High Technology Corridor. The UCF campus is adjacent to University of Central Florida Research Park, which is one of the nation’s most successful technology parks. UCF and its Research Park offer educational, research and career opportunities in a vast number of computer engineering careers, including simulation systems, communication networks, software engineering, avionics, telecommunications, and much more.

The CpE degree programs are housed in the Harris Corporation Engineering Center: an ultra high-tech building with an abundance of new equipment, computers, and laboratories. CpE graduate programs of study are advised by faculty specializing in all branches of Computer Engineering ranging from digital electronics to software agent systems.

CpE programs have been offered at UCF for over forty years starting in 1967 with a Bachelor in CpE degree, and the Master and Ph.D. degrees in CpE being offered at UCF since 1971 and 1983, respectively. In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked CpE programs at UCF as 58th out of 94 schools nationally.

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Dr. Mingjie Lin at or Ms. Diana Poulalion at with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.