Computer Engineering, Ph.D.

Computer Engineering, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering PhD

Graduates of Florida Tech with a master’s degree in computer engineering often continue their research in our doctoral program. Not only will they advance their research, but this advanced technical proficiency can also lead to increased earning potential and job opportunities.

In the highly competitive technical workforce, graduates with a computer engineering PhD will find that their expertise can lead to leadership positions in their industry of choice—from the aerospace, automotive, medical, and railway industries to computers, communications, and energy. Engineering and technical degree programs empower future leaders at Florida Tech, where “High-Tech with a Human Touch” is at the heart of every degree.

Experienced, Respected Faculty

Florida Tech’s faculty brings a wide range of experience to the classroom. Small class sizes allow professors to mentor students and work closely on relevant, topical research in the industry—the kind of specialized attention not often found in university classrooms. Computer engineering PhD students at Florida Tech find a collaborative, "peer" environment in which to study and conduct research.

A High-Quality Curriculum that Transfers to the Workplace

As technological innovations continue to develop, employers demand employees with advanced expertise that reflects the issues currently facing their industry. Computer engineering PhD graduates are expert candidates who can meet this challenge. After completing the challenging classroom curriculum, extensive research, and technical laboratory experiences, graduates understand the prevailing trends, theoretical applications, and best practices in the industry.


After completing the capstone research experience for a master’s degree, computer engineering PhD students continue their exploration of a computer engineering topic, not only advancing their research skills, but also their understanding of the type of complex challenges they will face on the job. If they choose to remain in academia or research, this advanced research proficiency provides graduates with the foundation they need to make an impact in the industry.

High-Tech Research Facilities

Florida Tech is at heart a research university, and provides students with the tools and facilities they need to conduct cutting-edge research in their preferred area of expertise. Florida Tech’s advanced research centers and laboratories are home to essential engineering equipment and software. Students earning a master’s in computer engineering also have access to the Wireless Center of Excellence (WICE)

WICE is dedicated to fostering the next generation of wireless engineering professionals through education and research. It gives students and faculty the opportunity to conduct research in a variety of wireless-related topics, including propagation modeling, wireless systems engineering, personal communications systems, and wireless sensors.

Florida Tech is home to a number of centers and institutes where faculty members and students work side-by-side conducting research. Students have access to laboratories related to signal processing, computational electromagnetics, wireless communication, and fiber optics.

Desirable Location

The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us). While many students in the computer-engineering program are working professionals, Florida Tech’s proximity to more than 5,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations in the Florida High Tech Corridor—one of the largest high-tech workforces in the nation—makes Florida Tech an ideal choice for a master’s in computer engineering. This workforce also provides an abundance of internship and employment opportunities.


Graduates of the doctoral program at Florida Tech with a computer engineering PhD are well prepared for a career as a researcher. They are also subject-matter experts who can seek advanced positions in companies around the world as a software engineer, technical analyst, telecommunications director, VOIP engineer, electrical engineer, aerospace engineer, computer network architect, and others.