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Virginia Tech MEng -- greater Washington, D.C., metro area

Our Masters of Engineering Program in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area

The ECE graduate program offers Masters of Engineering (MEng) degrees in Computer Engineering (CPE) and Electrical Engineering (EE). These professionally oriented degrees offer graduate students a strong academic foundation in core ECE technological areas with a culminating, project-based learning experience.

Students graduating with a professionally oriented CPE or EE MEng degree are well-positioned for advancing their career in domestic or international industry or in government. Beginning in the fall 2019 semester, the ECE department is offering MEng degrees that provide a curricular emphasis in three key ECE technology areas:

The coursework and projects are taught and directed by our Northern Virginia ECE faculty at our existing Northern Virginia campus in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. These existing faculty and facilities are part of Virginia Tech’s recently announced $1 billion Virginia Tech Innovation Campus in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, and the recent announcement that Amazon will locate their new headquarters near that location.


The current CPE and EE MEng degree program has a five-year average continuous enrollment of 89 students, and has awarded over 280 CPE and EE degrees over that five-year time span. Exit surveys from the past two years of our MEng graduates report a median starting yearly salary of $86,250, and with a third quartile of $101,250 and a first quartile of $75,750.

These newly graduated CPE and EE MEng students have accepted employment offers from many companies including: Amazon, Apple, Bloomberg, Dominion Energy, Facebook, Intel, Nvidia, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and VMWare; defense contractors including: Boeing, Harris, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon; and numerous government agencies—many in the D.C. area.

Future Innovation Campus

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The Bradley Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering boasts an already established and robust presence in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. Currently operating out of the Virginia Tech Reserch Center in Arlington, ECE is home to 18 faculty based in Northern Virginia.

Our future home, within Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus will be located in the heart of the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.


ECE MEng Degree Requirements

The MEng degree in CPE or EE requires a total of 32 credit hours. These credit hours must satisfy the following specific requirements:

  • 27 credit hours of senior and graduate-level coursework consisting of:
    • 15 credit hours of ECE courses (of which 12 credit hours are discipline-specific),
    • 6 credit hours consisting of out-of-area and/or out-of-department courses, and
    • 6 credit hours of graduate elective courses;
  • 3 credit hours of Project and Report, ECE 5904;
  • 2 credit hours of Seminar, ECE 5944;
  • An oral final examination consisting of a presentation of the project and report topic to an examining committee.

Courses taught in Northern Virginia are offered at either the Virginia Tech Arlington or Falls Church Facilities. Some courses are also offered online.

Northern Virginia Faculty