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4+1 Degree in Computer Engineering

Combined Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Computer  Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Overview

Purdue University Northwest’s 4+1 combined Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) and Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) program allows students to receive both degrees in five years, as compared to six years to complete these degrees separately.

Outstanding undergraduate students enrolled in the BSCmpE program can broaden their studies and improve their career prospects by completing the BSCmpE and MSECE degrees at an accelerated pace.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The engineering departments offer a strong interdisciplinary program. All graduate faculty members have Ph.D. degrees from major universities and are active in research.

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Curriculum

As an undergraduate student in the electrical and computer engineering program, you will take a balance of general education courses, College of Engineering and Sciences courses, and electrical and computer engineering courses.

The combined program allows students to use a maximum of nine credits of graduate level courses approved by the Graduate Advisor or the Graduate Committee of the ECE Department to satisfy both the B.S. and M.S. graduation requirements, thereby making it possible for qualified students to complete both degrees in five years.

The graduate portion of the combined program offers both thesis and non-thesis options.

Learn fundamentals through calculus and physics courses, take a first-year seminar for engineers and a foundational class in engineering design.

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ENGR 186000 – First Year Seminar for Engineers
  • ENGR 19000 – Elementary Engineering Design
  • MA 16300 – Integrated Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Familiarize yourself with computer engineering fundamentals of data structure, object-oriented programming, circuit analysis and digital system design.

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ECE 27001 – Intro to Digital System Design
  • ECE 25100 – Object Oriented Programming
  • ECE 20100 – Linear Circuit Analysis I

Engage in software engineering design, embedded systems, microprocessor design and technical writing.

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ECE 31200 – Engineering Project Management
  • ENGL 30700 – Written/Oral Communication for Engineers
  • ECE 36201 – Microprocessor System Design and Interfacing

Take electives like machine learning, network security and big data while the program culminates in a two semester team-based capstone senior-design project.

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ECE 42900 – Senior Engineering Design I
  • ECE 43900 – Senior Engineering Design II

During the fifth year students will take 18 hours of 500-level ECE courses and a 500-level MA course to complete the Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSECE.

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Course of Study


  • ECE 55000 – Computer Network Security
  • ECE 51200 – Power Systems

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Highlights

The engineering programs at PNW are ranked highly among comprehensive universities by US News and World Report. Class sizes are small, labs are state-of-the-art and all faculty members have Ph.D. degrees in their areas of instruction. You have the opportunity to earn baccalaureate and master’s engineering degrees within five years.

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Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Use skills and tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Design and conduct experiments; analyze data
  • Design systems or processes within realistic constraints
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Understand the impact of engineering in economic, environmental and societal contexts

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Career Paths

Computer Engineering grads are prepared for a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Software Developer
  • Systems Software Engineer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Beyond the Classroom

Students are encouraged to get involved in:

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Computer Engineering 4+1 Degree Program Employers

Our alumni are employed with remarkable companies in the region and across the country, including:

  • Cisco Systems
  • Hewlett Packard
  • National Semiconductor
Mateo Garcia

Studying at PNW has been a great experience. I have met so many wonderful people and learned so much. I am happy I made the decision to attend PNW.

Meet the Faculty

Khair Al Shamaileh

Khair Al Shamaileh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Khair Al Shamaileh teaches electrical engineering courses, mainly telecommunication and radio frequency electronics. His research spans the topics of microwave engineering and wireless communications.

Lizhe Tan

Lizhe Tan, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lizhe Tan is a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He teaches a variety of electrical engineering courses. His current research focuses on digital signal processing applications with machine learning algorithms, fractional-order control systems and computer vision applications for robotics and measurements.

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Earn a Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or grad@pnw.edu to see how PNW’s flexible programs can meet your needs.