The field of computer engineering can be described as an amalgam of hardware and software design. Computer engineers are involved in research, design, development, production, and operation of a wide variety of digital systems, from integrated circuits through microcontrollers, multi-core processors, FPGA-based accelerators, to big-data and cloud computing platforms. Reflecting the industry trend to integrate hardware and software development, the computer engineering program is built around computer-aided design tools that can simulate and assist in the design of new digital systems, such as those found in smartphones, tablets, robots, autonomous vehicles, drones, spacecraft, computer networks, smart factories, defense systems, and the internet-of-things. Advanced languages, such as VHDL and Python, and software tools, such as those used for FPGA- and ASIC-design and simulation, can be used to model hardware and software functionality from the system and architecture level down to the gate and transistor levels. Design, optimization, verification, and testing methodology involving these tools are taught in the program. Hands-on design experiences and simulation are emphasized throughout the curriculum through labs and projects integrated into various courses. The program culminates in a year-long senior design project effort which provides each student with the opportunity to apply concepts to designing, innovating and building a functional hardware system in a team environment.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is staffed by 33 full-time professors and several part-time professors.

The bachelor's program in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in engineering design and development such as hardware/software co-design and integration, embedded system programming, mobile system and application development, robot and drone design, and cloud and big data computing. Other opportunities include engineering management, consultancy, technical sales, and patent law. The program provides a strong preparation for graduate study.

Specializations

The curriculum provides a strong background in the fundamentals of computer engineering. A number of technical elective specializations are offered, ranging from primarily hardware-oriented to those that are more software-oriented. These include robotics, embedded systems, computer networks, internet of things, power and energy systems, hardware and system security, and space-based systems. The curriculum includes 9 credits of senior technical electives, which may be used for specialization in one of these technical areas.

Additional Information

The requirements for the degree may be satisfied on a full-time or part-time basis. Cooperative education provides students the opportunity to integrate paid career-related work experience with classroom learning. Academic credit towards the completion of major requirements cannot be given for co-op experience. In addition to the usual financial aid available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, computer engineering majors are encouraged to apply for scholarships provided by various professional societies and industrial organizations in their field.

Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Writing-Intensive Requirement

Mason's writing-intensive requirement is satisfied through ECE 333 Linear Electronics I in which faculty provide writing instruction and feedback on student technical writing assignments. Drafts and revisions are required.

Change of Major

See Change of Major for more information. 

Double Major and Minor Programs for Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Computer Engineering majors and Electrical Engineering majors can earn degrees with double majors in a number of disciplines. Computer Engineering and Computer Science may be combined. Electrical Engineering has been combined with Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or Math. Details are available in the department brochures or at the College of Engineering and Computing website. There are several minors available for students in the ECE Department including the Mechanical Engineering minor, Bioengineering minor and others as listed in the catalog.

Grade Requirements

All computer engineering students are strongly encouraged to see their major faculty advisor each semester before course registration.

Students must complete each ECE, ENGR, BENG, CS, MATH, PHYS and STAT course presented as part of the required 126 credits for the degree with a grade of C or better.

Students must also complete any course required by the program that is a prerequisite to another course applicable to the degree with a grade of C or better.

Termination from the Major

No math, science, or College of Engineering and Computing course that is required for the major may be attempted more than three times. Those students who do not successfully complete such a course within three attempts will be terminated from the major. Undeclared students in the College of Engineering and Computing who do not successfully complete a course required for a College of Engineering and Computing major within three attempts will also be terminated. 

In addition, students in the College of Education and Computing with evidence of continued failure to make adequate progress toward declaring or completing a Volgenau School major will be terminated from the school. Adequate progress is determined by the major program. For more information, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major.

Once a student has attempted one of these courses twice unsuccessfully, the third attempt must be no later than the next semester of enrollment, excluding summers. Failure to take the course at that time will result in termination from the major. A third attempt of a College of Engineering and Computing course requires support by the student's major department as well as permission by the department offering the course. This permission is not guaranteed. If the student is unable to take the course when required, the student may request an extension to a future semester; extensions require approval of the student's advisor, their department, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. The deadline for extension requests is the add deadline for the semester in which the course is required.

Students who have been terminated from a College of Engineering and Computing major may not register for a College of Engineering and Computing course without permission of the department offering the course. This applies to all undergraduate courses offered by the College of Engineering and Computing except IT 104 Introduction to Computing (Mason Core) and STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core).

A student may not declare any major in the College of Engineering and Computing if the student has previously met the termination criteria for that major at any time, regardless of what the student's major was at the time the courses were taken.

Banner Code: EC-BS-CPE

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 126

Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE 101Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 201Introduction to Signals and Systems3
ECE 231Digital System Design3
ECE 232Digital System Design Lab1
ECE 240C Programming for Engineers3
ECE 285Electric Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 286Electric Circuit Analysis II3
ECE 321Continuous-Time Signals and Systems3
ECE 333Linear Electronics I3
ECE 334Linear Electronics Lab I1
ECE 340Data Structures and Embedded Systems Programming in C/C++3
ECE 350Embedded Systems and Hardware Interfaces3
ECE 445Computer Organization3
ECE 447Microcontrollers4
ECE 448FPGA Design with VHDL4
ECE 465Computer Networking Protocols3
ECE 491Engineering Seminar1
ECE 492Senior Advanced Design Project I (Mason Core)1
ECE 493RS: Senior Advanced Design Project II (Mason Core)2
Total Credits50

Technical Electives

Three technical electives totaling 9 credit hours must be selected from the list below. Some graduate courses listed below and courses outside the ECE department may be taken to fulfill the technical elective requirement with the permission of the department. The decision to approve non-ECE courses as well as graduate courses as technical electives is at the discretion of the department based on a review of the course content and the student's academic record.

Select 9 credits from the following: 19
Robot Design
Applications of Discrete-Time Signal Processing
Electricity Sector Engineering, Economics, and Regulation
Grid Digitization and Automation
Grid Digitization and Automation
Power System Analysis
Electric Machinery and Modern Applications
Smart Grid and Cyber Security
Cyber Infrastructure of the Smart Grid
Power System Protection and Control
Power System Protection and Control
Power Electronics for Modern Power Systems
Power Electronics for Modern Power Systems
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Modern Control Systems Design
Secure RF Communications
Digital Circuit Design
Linear Electronics II
Device Driver Development
Mobile Robots
GPU Architecture and Programming
GPU Architecture and Programming
Communication and Information Theory
Data and Computer Communications
Digital Communications Systems
Introduction to Humanoid Robotics
Cryptography Fundamentals
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mobile Devices and Network Security
The following 500-level courses may also be taken: 1
Hardware Security
Internet of Things
Computer Architecture
Computer Architecture Security
Mobile Systems and Applications
Linear Systems and Control
Learning From Data
Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sensor Engineering
Introduction to Wireless Communications and Networks
Secure Wireless Communications and Networks
Digital Signal Processing
Computer Network Architectures and Protocols
Big Data Technologies
Machine Learning for Embedded Systems
Neuromorphic Computing
Optical Fiber Communications
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Selected Topics in Engineering
Total Credits9

Computer Science

CS 112Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)4
CS 211Object-Oriented Programming3
CS 471Operating Systems3
Total Credits10

Mathematics and Statistics

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)3
MATH 203Linear Algebra3
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
MATH 214Elementary Differential Equations3
STAT 346Probability for Engineers3
Total Credits23

Physics

PHYS 160University Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 161University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)1
PHYS 260University Physics II (Mason Core)3
PHYS 261University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)1
Total Credits8

Engineering

ENGR 107Introduction to Engineering (Mason Core)2
Total Credits2

Concentrations

Concentrations are available in the computer engineering baccalaureate program. Completion of specific courses leads to one of these designations on the student's transcript on graduation. Concentration requirements may also meet some or all of the Technical Elective requirements.

Available Concentrations:

Computer Networks (CNWK)

Required Course:
ECE 465Computer Networking Protocols3
Select three from the following:9
Grid Digitization and Automation
Grid Digitization and Automation
Communication and Information Theory
Data and Computer Communications
Digital Communications Systems
Cryptography Fundamentals
Introduction to Wireless Communications and Networks
Secure Wireless Communications and Networks
Computer Network Architectures and Protocols
Optical Fiber Communications
Total Credits12

Embedded Systems (EMSY)

Required Course:
ECE 447Microcontrollers4
Select three from the following:9
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Device Driver Development
GPU Architecture and Programming
GPU Architecture and Programming
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Mobile Systems and Applications
Sensor Engineering
Machine Learning for Embedded Systems
Total Credits13

Hardware and System Security (HSYS)

Required Courses:
ECE 465Computer Networking Protocols3
ECE 505Hardware Security3
Select two from the following:6
Smart Grid and Cyber Security
Cyber Infrastructure of the Smart Grid
Secure RF Communications
GPU Architecture and Programming
GPU Architecture and Programming
Data and Computer Communications
Cryptography Fundamentals
Computer Architecture Security
Secure Wireless Communications and Networks
Total Credits12

Internet of Things (INOT)

Required Courses:
ECE 465Computer Networking Protocols3
ECE 508Internet of Things3
Select two from the following:6
Grid Digitization and Automation
Grid Digitization and Automation
GPU Architecture and Programming
GPU Architecture and Programming
Data and Computer Communications
Cryptography Fundamentals
Computer Architecture Security
Sensor Engineering
Secure Wireless Communications and Networks
Machine Learning for Embedded Systems
Total Credits12

Robotics (ROB)

Required Courses:
ECE 370Robot Design3
ECE 447Microcontrollers4
Select two from the following:6
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Modern Control Systems Design
Mobile Robots
Introduction to Humanoid Robotics
Linear Systems and Control
Sensor Engineering
Total Credits13

Power and Energy Systems (PES)

Required Courses:
ECE 305Electromagnetic Theory3
ECE 415Power System Analysis3
ECE 465Computer Networking Protocols3
Select one from the following:3
Electricity Sector Engineering, Economics, and Regulation
Grid Digitization and Automation
Grid Digitization and Automation
Electric Machinery and Modern Applications
Smart Grid and Cyber Security
Cyber Infrastructure of the Smart Grid
Power System Protection and Control
Power System Protection and Control
Power Electronics for Modern Power Systems
Power Electronics for Modern Power Systems
Total Credits12

Space-Based Systems (SBSY)

Required Courses:6
Embedded Systems and Hardware Interfaces
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Select two from the following:6
Classical Systems and Control Theory
Modern Control Systems Design
Secure RF Communications
Linear Electronics II
Communication and Information Theory
Data and Computer Communications
Digital Communications Systems
Spacecraft Subsystems
Applied Electromagnetic Theory
Sensor Engineering
System Engineering Design
Total Credits12

English, Communication, and Economics

ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) (Natural Sciences and Technology or Multidisciplinary section)3
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
or COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication (Mason Core)
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
Total Credits9

Additional Mason Core

Students must complete all Mason Core requirements not fulfilled by major requirements. Mason Core courses should be selected from the department's list of approved courses. Honors college students meet the written and oral communication requirements through completion of the honors college curriculum. The Synthesis Mason Core requirement is satisfied by ECE 492 Senior Advanced Design Project I (Mason Core) plus ECE 493 RS: Senior Advanced Design Project II (Mason Core)

Written Communication 23
Literature3
Arts3
Western Civilization/World History3
Global Understanding3
Total Credits15

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Sample Plan of Study 

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

BS (any)/Statistical Science, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's  program (BAM) and obtain an undergraduate BS degree and the Statistical Science, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

No specific undergraduate BS degree is required.  Students enrolled in any BS degree may apply to the accelerated Statistical Science, MS program if such an accelerated Statistical Science, MS pathway is allowable from the student's BS program, which will be determined by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs.

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. 

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0. 

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific prerequisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Statistical Science, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form: 

  • Completion of Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completion of application for graduation.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00.
  • Completion of the following Mason courses each with a grade of C or better:
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
MATH 203Linear Algebra3
or MATH 321 Abstract Algebra
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
or STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
STAT 346Probability for Engineers3
or MATH 351 Probability
STAT 362Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages3

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, students complete all credits satisfying degree requirements for the BS and MS programs, with up to twelve credits overlap chosen from the following graduate courses:

STAT 544Applied Probability3
STAT 554Applied Statistics I3
STAT 560Biostatistical Methods3
STAT 574Survey Sampling I3
STAT 663Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I3

All graduate course prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment.  Each graduate course must be completed with a grade of B or better to apply toward the MS degree.

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program.  Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment Services. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Computer Engineering, BS/Computer Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BS in Computer Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 144 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific prerequisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form: 3.0 overall GPA, successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation), and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced standing courses: Students may take up to 12 credits of graduate-level courses that will count as advanced standing (i.e., overlap between the BS/MS program) from the list below: Note that ECE 542 can be used to meet the ECE 465 requirement for the BS in Electrical Engineering program. An additional 9 credits of graduate-level courses from the list below may be selected to substitute in place of the 9 credits of technical electives required for the undergraduate degree:

ECE 505Hardware Security3
ECE 508Internet of Things3
ECE 511Computer Architecture3
ECE 512Computer Architecture Security3
ECE 516Mobile Systems and Applications3
ECE 521Linear Systems and Control3
ECE 527Learning From Data3
ECE 528Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 530Sensor Engineering3
ECE 531Introduction to Wireless Communications and Networks3
ECE 532Secure Wireless Communications and Networks3
ECE 535Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 542Computer Network Architectures and Protocols3
ECE 545Digital System Design with VHDL3
ECE 552Big Data Technologies3
ECE 554Machine Learning for Embedded Systems3
ECE 555GPU Architecture and Programming3
ECE 556Neuromorphic Computing3
ECE 567Optical Fiber Communications3
ECE 580Small Spacecraft Engineering3
ECE 590Selected Topics in Engineering3

Selected 600 level courses may be taken as well with permission of an advisor granted before registering for a given course.

Reserve credit courses: Additional courses (up to 6 credits) may be selected from the above list as credits to be put on reserve to be later applied to the graduate program. Students can take these courses while undergraduates but these reserve courses will only count for the graduate degree program.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Computer Engineering, BS/Electrical Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BS in Computer Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 144 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form: 3.0 overall GPA, successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation), and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced standing courses: Students may take up to 12 credits of graduate-level courses that will count as advanced standing (i.e., overlap between the BS/MS program) from the list below. Note that ECE 542 can be used to meet the ECE 465 requirement for the BS in Electrical Engineering program. An additional 9 credits of graduate-level courses from the list below may be selected to substitute in place of the 9 credits of technical electives required for the undergraduate degree.

ECE 505Hardware Security3
ECE 508Internet of Things3
ECE 511Computer Architecture3
ECE 512Computer Architecture Security3
ECE 513Applied Electromagnetic Theory3
ECE 514Grid Digitization and Automation3
ECE 516Mobile Systems and Applications3
ECE 517Cyber Infrastructure of the Smart Grid3
ECE 518Power System Protection and Control3
ECE 519Power Electronics for Modern Power Systems3
ECE 521Linear Systems and Control3
ECE 527Learning From Data3
ECE 528Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering3
ECE 530Sensor Engineering3
ECE 531Introduction to Wireless Communications and Networks3
ECE 532Secure Wireless Communications and Networks3
ECE 535Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 538Medical Imaging3
ECE 539Neural Engineering3
ECE 542Computer Network Architectures and Protocols3
ECE 550System Engineering Design3
ECE 552Big Data Technologies3
ECE 554Machine Learning for Embedded Systems3
ECE 555GPU Architecture and Programming3
ECE 556Neuromorphic Computing3
ECE 565Introduction to Optical Electronics3
ECE 567Optical Fiber Communications3
ECE 580Small Spacecraft Engineering3
ECE 584Semiconductor Device Fundamentals3
ECE 586Digital Integrated Circuits3
ECE 587Design of Analog Integrated Circuits3
ECE 590Selected Topics in Engineering3

Selected 600 level courses may be taken as well with permission of an advisor granted before registering for a given course.

Reserve credit courses: Additional courses (up to 6 credits) may be selected from the above list as credits to be put on reserve to be later applied to the graduate program. Students can take these courses while undergraduates but these reserve courses will only count for the graduate degree program. 

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Computer Engineering, BS/Operations Research, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a Computer Engineering, BS and an Operations Research, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 144 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Computer Engineering, BS students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.3, and completion of all MATH and PHYS 160/161, and PHYS 260/261 requirements. Students must additionally complete MATH 203 Linear Algebra prior to applying for the graduate program.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Operations Research, MS program. Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Operations Research, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing course: Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs. Up to four courses (12 credits) of approved master’s level courses taken as part of the undergraduate degree may be applied to the graduate degree. The courses selected for this purpose must be approved by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs and by the SEOR department chair.

  • Students selecting up to two courses (6 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select from the Electrical and Computer Engineering courses given below.
  • Students selecting up to three or four courses (9 or 12 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select at most two courses from the Electrical and Computer Engineering course list and select the remaining courses from the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list given below. Note that ECE 542 can be used to meet the ECE 465 requirement for the Computer Engineering, BS program. Students are highly recommended to select courses marked as core courses because it applies to the master’s degree regardless of the graduate-level concentration chosen in the Operations Research, MS. The undergraduate version of these courses, if any, may not be applied toward the Operations Research, MS. Credit may not be received for both the undergraduate and graduate version of these courses. 
  • Some of the courses in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list applies only to certain concentrations in the Operations Research, MS program. 
  • Students must pay attention to the prerequisites required for a course, and the master's degree concentration that the course may satisfy.

Select at most two from the following Electrical and Computer Engineering courses:

Hardware Security
Internet of Things
Computer Architecture
Computer Architecture Security
Mobile Systems and Applications
Linear Systems and Control
Learning From Data
Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sensor Engineering
Introduction to Wireless Communications and Networks
Digital Signal Processing
Computer Network Architectures and Protocols
Digital System Design with VHDL
Machine Learning for Embedded Systems
GPU Architecture and Programming
Neuromorphic Computing
Optical Fiber Communications
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Selected Topics in Engineering

Select the remaining from the following Systems Engineering and Operations Research courses:

Network Analysis
Analytics for Financial Engineering and Econometrics
Operations Research: Deterministic Models (Core)
Operations Research: Stochastic Models (Core)
Applied Predictive Analytics (Core)
Financial Systems Engineering I: Introduction to Options, Futures, and Derivatives

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program. Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Computer Engineering, BS/Systems Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a Computer Engineering, BS and a Systems Engineering, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 144 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Computer Engineering, BS students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.3, and completion of all MATH, PHYS 160/161, and PHYS 260/261 requirements.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Systems Engineering, MS program. Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Systems Engineering, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing course: Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs. Up to four courses (12 credits) of approved master’s level courses taken as part of the undergraduate degree may be applied to the graduate degree. The courses selected for this purpose must be approved by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs and by the SEOR department chair. 

  • Students selecting up to two courses (6 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select from the Electrical and Computer Engineering courses given below.
  • Students selecting up to three or four courses (9 or 12 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select at most two courses from the Electrical and Computer Engineering course list and select the remaining courses from the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list given below. Note that ECE 542 can be used to meet the ECE 465 requirement for the Computer Engineering, BS program. Students are highly recommended to select courses marked as core courses because it applies to the master’s degree regardless of the graduate-level concentration chosen in the Systems Engineering, MS program. The undergraduate version of these courses, if any, may not be applied toward the Systems Engineering, MS. Credit may not be received for both the undergraduate and graduate version of these courses. 
  • Except for the courses marked as core, any course chosen from either course list can be used to satisfy SYST 505 Systems Engineering Principles core requirement in the Systems Engineering, MS program. 
  • Some of the courses in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list applies only to certain concentrations in the Systems Engineering, MS program. 
  • Students must pay attention to the prerequisites required for a course, and the master's degree concentration that the course may satisfy.

Select at most two from the following Electrical and Computer Engineering courses:

Hardware Security
Internet of Things
Computer Architecture
Computer Architecture Security
Mobile Systems and Applications
Linear Systems and Control
Learning From Data
Introduction to Random Processes in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sensor Engineering
Introduction to Wireless Communications and Networks
Digital Signal Processing
Computer Network Architectures and Protocols
Digital System Design with VHDL
Machine Learning for Embedded Systems
GPU Architecture and Programming
Neuromorphic Computing
Optical Fiber Communications
Small Spacecraft Engineering
Selected Topics in Engineering

Select the remaining from the following Systems Engineering and Operations Research courses: 

Systems Definition and Cost Modeling (Core)
System Engineering Design (Core)
Systems Engineering Management I (Core)
Decision Support Systems Engineering
Decision and Risk Analysis
Analytics for Financial Engineering and Econometrics
Applied Predictive Analytics
Heterogeneous Data Fusion
Financial Systems Engineering I: Introduction to Options, Futures, and Derivatives

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program. Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.