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Computer Engineering Master of Engineering (M.E.) – Computer Engineering Specialization
Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Engineering

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 1
Spring semester December 1

Note: Application dates published on the electrical and computer engineering prescreening site are for campus-based applicants only.

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

This Master of Engineering (M.E.) and Master of Science (M.S.) requires applicants to have the following, at a minimum:

  • Bachelor of Science from a regionally accredited institution in engineering, computer science, physics, or related field that includes coursework in calculus
  • 3.0 GPA in undergraduate degree
  • International students must hold degrees equivalent to U.S. bachelor's degrees, and should be among the top students in their classes. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (BSEET) degrees are not accepted

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and your statement of purpose.

Do you qualify for recommended admission?

The standard application process into the program requires a pre-application reviewed by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students who meet the conditions below and submit a pre-application, will be automatically recommended by the department to the Graduate School at CSU.

  • Complete two classes from the master’s degree curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and with no less than a 2.7 in any course. You can take up to 9 credits as a non-admitted student.
  • A Bachelor of Science from a regionally accredited institution in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field (minimum 3.0 GPA) is required.
  • International students must hold degrees equivalent to U.S. bachelor's degrees, and should be among the top students in their classes. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (BSEET) degrees are not accepted. International students must have passing scores in any one of the English proficiency exams (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE).

Contact Katya Stewart-Sweeney at or by calling (970) 491-7850 if you are interested in the guaranteed recommendation option.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Provide GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and upload unofficial transcripts
    Prepare to list the names of schools you have attended through the online application. After submitting your application, upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts through the application portal. If you are recommended for admission, you will be required to submit a copy of official transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. Recommenders should be able to accurately speak to your abilities and potential for graduate study. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.

3 Submit the Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select from the following when choosing a program of study:
    • Computer Engineering (M.E.) - Distance
    • Computer Engineering (M.S.) - Distance

4 Finalize Your Application

If you've been recommended to apply by the department, complete the steps below to finalize your application.

Submit official transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Pay your application fee

If you are recommended to formally apply, log back in and pay your application fee.

Check Your Application Status

  • View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.
  • Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.