Difference Between MS In Computer Engineering And MS In Computer Science

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Hello Everyone,

This post was Suggested By Dheeraj, one of the Followers of this Blog. He asked the Question that “What is the main Difference between MS In Computer Engineering and MS In Computer Science?” You might have seen many Websites which have explained this difference. But I will try to put it in simple words, so that All the Students can easily differentiate between these two Degrees.

Main Difference: – 

Even though both these Courses deal with Computers in general, Computer Engineering and Computer Science concentrate on two very different aspects of computers. In Simple Words, Computer Science is mainly concerned with the software side of computers, with a little overview on the Hardware side too. Computer Engineering is mainly concerned with design,build of the computer hardware with little overview on Software side too.

MS In Computer Engineering: – 

MS In Computer Engineering also known as MS In Electronic and Computer Engineering or MS In Computer Systems Engineering, as said above mainly concerns with the Hardware side of the Computers with little overview on Software. In some Universities it generally combines both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.Computer engineers are involved from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. Below is the list of Subjects that are exclusive to MS In Computer Engineering.

  • Micro-programming.
  • Microprocessor design.
  • Logic, signals and systems.
  • Electronics analysis.
  • Digital Logic
  • Embedded Systems

MS In Computer Science: – 

MS In Computer Science as said above is mainly concerned with the Software side of the Computers with little overview on the Hardware side. MS In Computer Science in fact has many Specializations. Check Out Various Specializations For Computer Science In MS. Below is the list of Subjects that are exclusive to MS In Computer Science.

  • Internet and Network security.
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence.
  • Algorithms.
  • Programming Languages.
  • Data Structures.
  • Databases. etc.

Salary Difference Between These Two Degrees: –

The Starting Salaries of MS In Computer Engineering is little Higher than MS In Computer Science. In many Companies in the US, both these degrees are viewed at the same level and the Salaries are also same. So, no major differences in Salaries between these two Degrees.

Summarize: – 

To Summarize, MS In Computer Engineering mainly concerns with Hardware aspect of the Computers while MS In Computer Science mainly concerns with Software aspect of the Computers. There is a misconception that MS In Computer Engineering does not even look into the Software aspect, which is wrong. They have some subjects related to software too but they do not go in depth in Software. Similarly MS In Computer Science has Subjects related to Hardware, but they do not go in depth in it.

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51 thoughts on “Difference Between MS In Computer Engineering And MS In Computer Science

  1. Hello Shrinivas…thnxx for posting dis content …it cleared my doubt…i have one more ques ..Is there any difference in terms of ‘Future SCOPE’ and ‘JOBS’ between both d fields ??

      • Hello
        Thanks for posting this useful content. I have a little doubt and I was hoping you could help me. I heard from seniors in another group that Computer Engineering graduates are usually paid far less and have more difficulty in finding jobs than their CS counterparts. Can you please share if you disagree?

        Also, and this one would really help me, you said that job prospects are good in USA – Could you please share any info at all regarding CE jobs in India?

        Thank you so much. Please do keep posting all that useful information :)

        • ‘Computer Science’ salaries tend to be lower than ‘Computer Engineering’ simply because there are many community colleges and online schools that offer Computer Science degrees, while Engineering degrees are only offered by major Universities with Engineering Colleges. Job opportunities are equal for both CE and CS. If you have a knowledge in coding then you can get a job related to CS.

          In India CE and CS are considered one and the same.

  2. Hello Shrinivas,

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for making us get rid of our apprehensions. I have been following this blog since two months and it has cleared my many misgivings.

    I’m from ECE background and have been working in TCS since one year. Initially I wanted to persue my Ms in telecom but later on I have changed my decision to Comp Engg due to my irrelevant work ex and also for the reason that the chance of getting a telecom core job is very very less. Now the issue is “Will my software work ex useful atleast to this major and Will I have an edge for placements when compared to other peers in my major ” ?

    Thank you very much !!

    • Yes your experience is certainly helpful to you in many ways. Firstly, you can get rid of the pre-requisite that University may tell you to complete since you are from a different background. You can show your experience and remove these pre-requisite courses.

      With respect to placements, a work experience certainly makes a difference. You will certainly have a edge over those who do not have any experience. If you have won some awards in TCS line ILP Kudos or LIREL awards or any other awards that your Manager has given you then it will also really boost your profile.

  3. Hi sir,

    My UG was EEE – 84% (topper 89%)
    GRE – 311 (161Q, 150V, 4AWA)
    TOEFL – yet to give

    2 years work experience in Industrial Robotics (Major US company)
    1 National Publication in robotics
    Numerous awards and prizes in robotics

    I’m planning to apply for MS in Robotics. Can you tell me which one of the following is safe or moderate?

    1. CMU
    2. UPENN
    3. USC
    4. NCSU
    5. UFL
    6. GATECH
    7. Virginia TECH
    8. UC Irvine
    9. UC San Deigo
    10. Univ of Cincinnati
    11. Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    12. Northwestern Univ, Illinois
    13. Univ of Utah
    14. TAMU
    15. Univ of Colorado, Boulder
    16. Clemson University
    17. Univ of Central Florida
    18. Arizona State University
    19. Purdue Univ
    20. SUNY, Bufalo
    21. Worchester Polytechnic Institute
    22. NUS, Singapore
    23. NTU, Singapore

    Also, can I know the list of colleges in Germany that give masters in Robotics?

    P.S. : I’m going to study MS only because I want a good job opportunity. Please select colleges primarily based on this concern!

    • All the Univ. that you have enlisted are the Best Univ for the course. Your Profile is really good and if get a TOEFL Score of 110 and above you have a good chance in all the Univ. Make sure you also prepare a good SOP and get a good LOR from your Professors.

      Germany has very few or may be no Univ that has MS in Robotics but the Univs have Robotics as a specialty course. Kindly check the Univ website before applying to it.

  4. Hi sir ,
    i have done electronics and telecommunication engg from pune university .
    i want to do MS in CS.

    i have some doubts.
    1.
    my overall aggregate of 4 years is 57% but on engg degree it is first class because on degree only final year marks are taken( pune university ) and i have first class in final year. so will i be able to get a job in MNC’s after doing MS in CS.
    2. companies want a first class overall in engg or just on the degree ???

    • The Job Search in USA is entirely different than that in India. Job Search in US requires lots of skills. There will be lots of Job Fairs in USA where you have to approach to the Employers and state about yourself and about your interest on working with that company. If they are interested, they will call you for the Interview.

      When you go for your MS, your GPA in MS will count. Make sure you have a GPA of 3.0 and above to apply for good MNC’s in USA.

  5. hello shrinivas,

    could u please suggest some reputed CE ( under ECE dept ) course universities.

    i have choosen the following universities for CE..let me know ur say on these

    TAMU COLLEGE STATION, ASU, IOWA STATE, UTAH, UFL, UMCP, RUTGERS, SYRACUSE

    thank you !!

      • Hello Shrinivas,

        Please help me out from a big confusion.
        I have the following admits for CE.
        UFL, Rutgers and Stony Brook.

        I rejected Stony Brook as I heard the courses are not good. Now the confusion between UFL vs Rutgers.

        I am interested in Computer architecture, Digital IC design etc.

        Please suggest me to chose one between the two.

        Thanks in Advance!!!

  6. Hello Shrinivas,

    Here goes my profile.

    B.Tech E.C.E CGPA 9.0 ( TOPPER’S 9.4 )

    GITAM University Vizag

    GRE 310 ( Q 162 + V 148 + AWA 3.0 )

    IELTS 7.0 ( WITH MINIMUM 6.5 IN ALL SECTIONS )

    INTENDED TO APPLY FOR TELECOM/COMPUTER ENGG( UNDER ECE DEPT)/COMPUTER NETWORKS

    WORK EXPERIENCE : 2 MONTHS INTERN AT ALL INDIA RADIO

    ASSISTANT SYSTEMS ENGINEER @ TCS ( JUNE 2012- PRESENT )

    WORKED ON ONE ACADEMIC PROJECT AND ONE RESEARCH PAPER

    CONSISTENTLY SECURED ABOVE 90% SINCE MY SCHOOLING

    THIS IS MY UNIVERSITY LIST..I HAVE DONE SUFFICIENT RESEARCH AND GOT THESE UNIVS[/b]..I COULD NOT AFFORD MORE THAN 30L ( INCLUDING MY EXPENSES FOR THE ENTIRE COURSE DURATION )..SO KINDLY EVALUATE MY PROFILE AND MAKE CHANGES TO MY LIST ACCORDINGLY

    RANK /UNIVERSITY NAME/COURSE/FEE PER ANNUM

    14 UMCP ENTS/COMPUTER ENGINEERING/COMM & SIGNAL PROCESSING $23760

    19 TAMU COMPUTER ENGINEERING $577 PC

    26 PENN STATE NETWORKING

    30 ASU COMPUTER ENGINEERING $24549

    32 NCSU COMPUTER NETWORKING $18931

    34 UFL COMPUTER ENGINEERING $24983

    36 IOWA STATE COMPUTER ENGINEERING ( COMPUTER AND NETWORKING SYSYTEMS ) $20814

    44 UTAH COMPUTER ENGINEERING $16454

    44 RUTGERS COMMUNICATIONS/COMPUTER ENGG $24640

    44 MICHIGAN STATE COMP NETWORKING $1220 PC

    51 UMASS COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS/WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS $24000

    60 UTD MSTE/COMPUTE ENGG $21606

    67 SYRACUSE COMP ENGG $1249 PC

    67 CLEMSON COMMUNICATION SYSYTEMS AND NETWORKING $16670

    67 SUNY STONY BROOK COMP ENGG/COMM AND SIGNAL PROCSSNG $16680

    76 UNCC COMP ENGG $18016

    76 U OF CINCINNATI COMP ENGG $26322

    76 U OF KANSAS EE ( NETWORK ENGINEERING ) $772 PC

  7. Hi,

    I want to pursue MS in CS/MIS with specialization in Databases. I have done certification in Databases. Now, I want to learn advanced concepts of Data Mining, Data Warehousing in deep. Can you please suggest me some good US Universities who have a good reputation in Databases, Data Mining, Data Warehousing.

    This would be a great help to me.

    Thanks,
    Amrut

  8. Hi,
    It feels really good to see this blog in here with great information. I have few questions .
    I have 3.5 years of work experience in software programming in US top MNC. I’m planning to go for MS in ManagementInformationSystems course. I have scored GRE- 295 and IELTS – 6.0.I know my scores are not good enough but I don’t have enough time to retake them. I have observed that for MIS course experience is considered to be the main criteria in application process and scores are not the major preferences though minimum eligible scores are actually required based on the Universities requirements. Is this applicable most of the times? I’m planning for fall 2014. Can I apply to decent Universities with this scores and experience or is it mandatory to retake my exams?? I’m in a big confused state. Please let me know your suggestions regarding this.
    Thanks in Advance.

  9. Hello Shrinivas,
    First of all I wanna say you are doing really a good job. As there are hell of students who have a lot of queries and need guidance. And you are doing this job very fine.

    I did my B.tech in ECE from India and the job quality was not good. So, I planned to do Master’s and I did apply for MS in Computer Engineering from USA for September 2014 batch. I have two major doubts :

    1. Firstly, can I get a software engg. job if I do MS in CE rather than CS? As I don’t want that I spent money in dollars and it again got wasted if i don’t get any job with good salary. I hope you understand my doubt.

    2. Secondly, I am getting admission in MS in Computer Engg program in colleges Stevens Institute of Technology (New Jersey) and NYU POLY ( New York, Brooklyn.) and CSU Fresno. Which University is better? And Why? And please I need to choose one university, So I request if you could tell the best option for me.

    P.S – what is with the collaboration of Polytecnic School of Engineering With NYU. How good is it? As the collaboration is completed this January 2014., my batch will be the first i guess. How the collaboration gonna effect?

    Regards
    Vansh.

    • I forgot to mention, I learnt Languages like C , C++ and Java. So, are these languages any help For my MS in Computer Engg program or can they help me find any software job after completing my MS in Computer engg rather than in Computer Science.

  10. Hi, Can u suggest me some good universities for my profile.I want to do Master’s in computer or electrical engineering.
    B.tech EIE VIT university gpa 8.3
    Gre 312,Toefl 100, 1 DST funded project, 1 IEEE conference paper, Good internships in ABB and BHEL
    some national conference papers and few management fest certificates

  11. I actually Wanted to know in which branch does VLSI come under,Is it Computer Engineering or Computer Science eng. and What are my chances for my profile in good univ can u suggest some:
    My GRE score is 308 [ Q-161,V-147, AWA-3 ] and TOEFL-95 and acads -8.2350 CGPA,ECE
    3 ieee papers and 1 in Scialert.

  12. I have experience in .NET and SQL SERVER in databases.
    I was just wondering what could be an apt specialisation for such a profile. Is it programming languages or algorithms or databases.
    I know it all depends on my interests, but I just want to know if my understanding of this is correct? or is the specialisation called as information systems?

  13. hello sir,
    I want to pursue MS in CE,I am from ece(BE) background..can you please suggest me the universities and the courses i have to learn here before..
    Here is my profile,
    acads:69%
    gre:280
    ielts:
    THANKING YOU SIR!

  14. Hi,
    I want to pursue MS in CS. Although i am from an ECE background, I am working as a developer in infosys since June 2014. My B.Tech cgpa was 7.3 , XIIth – 91% ,Xth – 82.83%. My gre score is 313(162q 151v) TOEFL(yet to give), no publications and moderately involved in extra-curricular and community service. Can u please suggest me some ambitious,moderate and safe universities that I should apply to.

  15. sir,
    gitam vizag ece upto 3.2 semister 7.9 gpa but 1 backlog in 3.2 so i.e complete at 4.2 (2016 may), gre 310 &awa only 2.5 . tofel apper , but what time elegible to apply i20 & sugisist university short list.
    thanks

  16. I completed my Btech in mechanical engineering sir.Iam intrested in doing MS in mechanical stream.but everyone are suggesting me to change the strem to IT as there are less job opportunities for mechanical stream in US.but iam intrested in mechanical side.Iam not able to decide.please give me a suggestion which would be a better option for future and even for job.thanku

  17. I completed my BE in ECE through University of Mumbai with aggregate of 70.3%. I want to pursue MS in CS. My GRE score is 314(V:152, Q:162, AWA:3.5) and TOEFL score is 111(R:30, W:27, L:30, S:24). I also have 1 year experience as Assistant System Engineer at TCS and I am well versed with several programming languages like C,C++,Embedded C, Java, JSP, HTML, JavaScript, Jquery, PL/SQL, UNIX commands, COBOL, Struts, Hibernate, Servlets. I have 2 LORs from my college professors (ECE department) and 1 from my team lead at TCS.
    What are my chances of getting opportunity for MS in CS through good US universities? Will LORs from my ECE professors help in getting into CS course? And kindly you suggest few good universities I can apply to which are suitable to my profile. Thank you.

  18. Hi srinivas,
    Gre – 314 (152V + 162Q)
    Toefl – Result yet to come. (Just above 100 expecting)
    Cgpa – 8.26 (NIT,Nagpur)
    1 Internship at IIT-Bombay
    2 mini projects in embedded systems
    1 Major Project.
    Good SOP and LORs.
    I ant to know
    Can you please suggest 3 ambitious, 3 moderate , 3 safe universities for my profile ?
    Ty :)

  19. Hello Srinivas Sir,
    Gre – 303 (155Q + 148V, 3.0 awa)
    Toefl – Yet to answer (need to score atleast 100)
    Percentage : 59 %
    1 Major Project.
    1 mini project
    1 paper published
    Participated in Google Android workshop
    SAP ABAP certified, with around 12 other certifications in field relevant to SAP
    State level player under -15 .
    Played international tournaments
    Good SOP and LORs ( 1 from work and 2 college(1 from principal and other project guide).
    Work exp 2.5 year in US based company.
    Bad points:
    1 year wash aft 12th and had a back log in a theory subject.

    Planning for MS in CS

    University list
    Sjsu (safe),
    sfsu (safe),
    SDSU(safe),
    CSU LB(safe),
    Univ of Houston Clear lake (Safe)
    UNCC (Safe)
    NCSU(Safe)
    Texas Tech (Safe)
    UT dallas(Mod)
    TAMU College Station (Mod)
    UT Austin (Amb)

    I humbly request you to answer and advice me on the few queries I am posting below
    First of all, How is my profile , good enough to make through tier 2 universities?
    Can you please suggest me if my safe Univ are correct or are they above that(mod or amb).
    Can you suggest some amb univ?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Shubhash.

  20. Hello Sir,

    I am having 8 years of experience in Software Testing(Automation – QTP/UFT). Can you please suggest, which specialization will best suit to my profile.

  21. hi srinivas,

    plz evaluate my profile,
    GRE- 316(148V and 168Q)
    TOEFL 95(22 ABOVE IN ALL SECTIONS)
    2 MINI PROJECTS
    1 MAJOR PROJECT
    CGPA 7.9 ( NIT JALANDHAR)- ECE BRANCH
    NO RESEARCH PAPERS
    3 PRESENTATIONS GIVEN IN MY COLLEGE DEPARTMENT
    6 WEEKS INTERNSHIP AT HAL(HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS LIMITED)
    3 LORs (2 FROM ECE TEACHERS AND 1 FROM HAL TRAINING MANAGER)
    DECENT SOP
    INTERESTED IN MS IN CS FROM US :)
    PLZ SUGGET ME UNIVERSITIES

  22. What are the various specializations offered in CE? Does specializations vary between universities? Do I hav to mention area of specialization in my SOP?

  23. Hi,
    I have completed my engineering in EnTC 2014. I have 1.5 years of experience in Embedded Software testing in an MNC.
    My aggregate is 57.50% i.e. 3.0 GPA or 6.1 CGPA.
    I have appeared for GRE and my GRE score is-: 315
    Quant – 161
    Verbal – 154
    Analytical writing – 3.5.
    I have short listed only two fields for MS
    1.Embedded System
    2.Telecommunication.
    As far as I know there are less job opportunities in Embedded as compared to Telecom but by the time I will be ready for MS I will be having 3 Yrs of experience in Embedded domain.
    So to ensure that I get a job after MS which field would you suggest?
    Also I’m slightly more interested in Embedded system than Telecom, but that doesn’t matter much if I’m not going to get job in Embedded.
    Is the difference between job opportunities between these two fields very much?
    Thanks in advance.

    Regards

  24. my gre score is 315, ielts 7.5, btech cgpa- 9.3 (ECE)
    i got admits from penn state university, harrisburg in electrical engineering and university of cincinnati in computer engineering. can u please suggest me which is best university and couse to opt for?

  25. Hello sir. I’m currently doing my final year in b.e mechatronics and i’m about to apply for ms in robotics in us universities. Even though i searched in all sites i could not find in which dept i should apply for? whether it’s cs or ece. because ms in robotics is hard to find, So kindly help me sir

  26. Thanks a lot! That cleared up what I want to do which is computer science
    Considering my profile could you please suggest some safe , moderate and ambitious universities?
    Gre : 329
    TOEFL : not given but will get above 100
    college projects : 4 , all in the field of big data (hadoop) and machine learning , one in image steganography
    summer internship : implemented a research paper on a machine learning algo in hadoop in java
    winter internship : learned ASP.NET/C# at HP , developed a database application
    one society

  27. Hello sir,
    I’m currently pursuing engineering in computers.
    GRE:314
    Toefl:yet to give.
    I wanted to do MS in CS or CE.
    Does the gre and toefl scores requirement differ for both CS and CE, or is same for both.?

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