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Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

Program Description

The Graduate Computer Engineering (GCE) program develops competence in a wide range of areas including computer engineering, systems, and science. The program emphasizes topics of direct Air Force interest. The program meets the advanced educational requirements of officers in Air Force Specialty Codes 61S, 62E, and 17D, and prepares students for a broad spectrum of Air Force assignments in research, development, and program management in these specialties.

The core requirements are focused within a particular sequence area.  These sequences are:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks
  • High Performance Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Software Engineering
  • VLSI/VHSIC Systems

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: ABET-accredited BS degree in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering (with concentration in Computer Engineering). 

Mathematics Required: Discrete Mathematics, Ordinary Differential Equations 

Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years)

GPA Required: Overall - 3.0 Mathematics - 3.0 Major - 3.0 

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

  • Breadth. Graduates apply foundational scientific concepts and sound engineering principles to efficiently and effectively advance Air Force, Space Force, and DoD technological capabilities

  • Depth. Graduates are well-educated, highly-valued, and successful engineers and scientists

  • Teamwork. Graduates significantly contribute to technical interdisciplinary team projects

  • Professionalism. Graduates professionally communicate technical solutions and results

  • Lifelong Learning. Graduates continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning as professional engineers and scientists

Program Outcomes (POs):
|Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of computer engineering

  • Communicate technical information clearly by written and oral means

  • Conduct independent research on topics related to computer engineering, including identifying and scoping a problem, locating and synthesizing relevant published prior work, planning and executing valid research, documenting results, and publishing them

  • Apply the scientific method and use reliable standards of evidence for conclusions reached

  • Independently learn technical details for which they are responsible

Degree Information

Degree Type: Master's


Delivery Method: In-Residence


Degree Requirements

  • Core coursework (16 hours)
  • Out-of-department sequence (8 hours)
  • Specialization (12 hours)
  • Thesis research (12 hours) 

Graduate School Catalog

Faculty Research Areas

  • COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE
  • COMPUTER SECURITY
  • NETWORK SECURITY
  • QUEUING SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
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Air Force Institute of Technology
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7765
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