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Master of Engineering

Advance your career to mid-level or advanced positions in the computing industry by earning a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree from the Computer Science Department at Virginia Tech.  This is a course-work only master's degree in Computer Science.

Advantages for You

  • Completed in as little as three semesters if full-time
  • Part-time  option
  • Competitvely priced with scholarships available for Virginia residents
  • Offered both at Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg and at the Northern Virginia campus, soon to be the Innovation Campus located in Alexandria, Virginia
  •  In-depth knowledge about software development, communications skills, and ethical issues related to computing technology
  • Access to a broad range of specialty areas such as software development and applications, data analytics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and computer security

Program Contact

Samantha Pipkin, MEng Coordinator samanthap@vt.edu

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022 Semester

  • November 1, 2021 (Domestic applicants ONLY)

Fall 2022 Semester

  • December 20, 2021 (Blacksburg Campus)
  • March 1, 2022 (Northern Virginia Campus)*

* Domestic applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1st as space is available at the Northern Virginia Campus. Domestic applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1st for best opportunity to get an offer based on space and scholarship considerations. See scholarship opportunities for U.S. citizens or permanent residents here.

Course Distribution  

Required Courses:

  • CS5024: Ethics & Professionalism in CS  (3 credits)
  • CS5040: Intermediate Data Structures and Algorithm Design* (3 credits)
  • CS5934: Capstone Design (3 credits)

* May be waived at admission and replaced by another graduate level course. This is typical for students with a CS undergraduate degree or minor. Note that students may not receive credit for both CS3114 and CS5040.

Concentration Requirement

  • Three courses in one of concentration areas (9 credits)

Elective Courses

  • Four (if taking CS5040) or five elective courses (12 or 15 credits) at 4000 level or above (list of graduate courses)
  • Maximum of six credits at the 4000 level (list of 4000 level courses)
  • All courses must be in CS, except one course from an outside department from the approved cognate course list
  • Credits from CS5894 Final Examination, CS5904 Project and Report, CS5944 Graduate Seminar, CS5994 Research and Thesis, and CS7994 Research and Dissertation cannot be used to satisfy any MEng credit requirements.

Total number of required courses is 10 (30 credits)

Concentration Requirements

The below information is based on our anticipated offering for 2021-2022 academic year. Course offerings and modality may change in the future terms. This is a tentative schedule of course offering and subject to change. For the most accurate list of course offerings, consult the Virginia Tech Timetable of Classes.

Students must complete three courses in one of the below concentrations.

Software Development & Applications

Course # Course Title
CS 5244* Web Application Development
CS 5254* Mobile Application  Development
CS 5704* Software Engineering
CS 5744 Software Design and Quality
CS 5774 User Interface Software

*MEng students meet this prerequisite unless their admission criteria require the completion of CS2114. All students admitted to the MEng program under Clear (waived CS5040) or CS5040 admission criteria (as indicated on their departmental letter of admission) meet the prerequisite for any course that lists CS5044 as a prerequisite. Students admitted under CS2114 admission criteria, meet CS5044 requirement once they complete CS2114.

Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence

Course # Course Title
CS 5525 Data Analytics I
CS 5526 Data Analytics II
CS 5664 Social Media Analytics
CS 5804 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  
CS 5814 Introduction to Deep Learning
CS 5824 Advanced Machine Learning
CS 5834 Introduction to Urban Computing

Computer Security

Course # Course Title
CS 5560 Fundamentals Info Security
CS 5565 Network Architecture and Protocols I
CS 5584 Network Security
CS 5590 System and Software Security

Human-Computer Interaction
(ONLY available at the BLACKSBURG campus)

Course # Course Title
CS 5714 Usability Engineering
CS 5724 Models and Theories of HCI
CS 5734 Social Computing and CSCW
CS 5754 Virtual Environments
CS 5764 Information Visualization
CS 5774 User Interface Software

Background Requirements

Students are required to have as a minimum a course on their transcript that is equivalent to CS2114. Similar courses are taught at nearly all universities and colleges. Consult VT Undergraduate Transfer Equivalency Database to find CS2114 equivalent courses at other institutions. Students are strongly advised to have proficiency in the Java programming language prior to attempting CS5040.

While not required for entry into the program, other useful background would be a Discrete Math course, and a course in basic Computer Architecture or Computer Organization, similar to CS2505.