Computer Engineering

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About the Program

Equip yourself with the skills you need to excel—and increase your salary by an average of $41,000—with a PhD in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, one of the top research universities in the U.S. Here, you’ll learn from renowned professors as you hone your expertise in topics such as reconfigurable processors, wearable computing, embedded systems development, and very large-scale integration (VLSI) design. You’ll come away with an educational background that prepares you for many lucrative career paths, such as university-level teaching, computer hardware engineering, electronic engineering, and software development.

What to Expect

Carve out a niche for yourself when you choose an academic track for your program from one of these options:

  • Computer System Architecture
  • Computer Networks
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • VLSI Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing

Our small class sizes allow for a supportive, individualized learning environment. As you pursue your research interests, you’ll present a colloquium on your findings, priming you for your dissertation.

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Beyond the Classroom

You’ll partner with faculty and other industry leaders on research projects outside of the classroom on topics of your choosing such as wearable and wireless health. We have more than 80 labs and facilities to assist you in advancing your research goals. If you’re looking to develop more sustainable solutions for nonrenewable energy sources, try our Great Lakes Energy Institute. And if you need further incentive to innovate, there are plenty of events and competitions to test your entrepreneurial ability.

Women are encouraged to connect with Case School of Engineering students and alumnae through the Women in Tech program, funded by alumnus craigslist co-founder Craig Newmark to support and educate women leaders in technology.

And after you finish your degree, our alumni network of 110,000+ graduates will be there to support you.

By the Numbers


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Admissions Details

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll); an engineering degree is preferred
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE (waived for Fall 2021)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL or IELTS, or a posted degree from an English-speaking school

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