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TOP colleges in the USThis is the list of the best Colleges and Universities in the United States of America for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. Amongst these colleges and universities are some of the world's schools such as the MIT, Stanford and University of California, Berkeley. The order in which the colleges are listed on the site are quite representative of their rankings. However, the order should not be strictly construed to be rankings assigned to these schools. The order may vary from that listed by other ranking services.

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    Electrical engineering was originally taught at MIT in the Physics Department. A new degree program in Electrical Engineering was started in 1882. The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in the fall of 1902, and in 1973, it recognized its growing activity in computer science by changing its name to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

    The EECS Department is the largest in the School of Engineering with about 700 graduate students in the doctoral program. The department offers four graduate degree programs: Master of Science (SM), required of students pursuing a doctoral degree, Master of Engineering (MEng), for MIT EECS undergraduates only, Electrical Engineer (EE)/Engineer in Computer Science (ECS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)/Doctor of Science (ScD), awarded interchangeably.

    MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (also CSAIL) is a research laboratory that complements theoretical studies. CSAIL's research activities are organized around a number of semi-autonomous research groups, each of which is headed by one or more professors or research scientists. These groups are divided up into seven general areas of research: Artificial Intelligence, Computational biology, Graphics and Vision, Language and Learning, Theory of computation, Robotics, Systems.

  2. Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    Stanford University's Computer Science Department is part of the School of Engineering. The department offers the degrees Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Founded in 1965, the Department of Computer Science is a center for research and education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Strong research groups exist in areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, foundations of computer science, scientific computing, and systems. Basic work in computer science is the main research goal of these groups, but there is also a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research and on applications that stimulate basic research.

    The Masterís Degree in Computer Science (MSCS) students can choose to specialize in one of ten areas including: AI, Biocomputation, Computer and Network Security, Database Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Numerical Analysis, Real-World Computing, Software Theory, Systems and Theoretical CS. Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 units at Stanford.

  3. University of California--Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    During the early 60's computer systems research led to one of the first practical time-sharing systems, implemented commercially in 1966 as the SDS 940 (later, Xerox 940) series of computers. In 1968 a group of Electrical Engineering faculty members transferred to the College of Letters and Science to participate in establishing a Department of Computer Science. A 1973 merger formed the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

    The M.S. and Ph.D. are academic degrees with an emphasis on research. It is possible to complete the M.S. degree in a single academic year, but most students take three to four semesters. The median time of completion for the Ph.D. is five and a half years. The following degrees are offered: M.S. / PhD in Engineering, M.S. / PhD in Engineering Science, M.S. / PhD in Computer Science.

    Ph.D. students may choose to add a designated emphasis to their program. Designated emphases are available in: Communication, Computation and Statistics, Computational and Genomic Biology, Computational Science and Engineering, Nanoscale Science and Engineering, New Media.

  4. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    Carnegie Mellon has entered the global educational and research arena with campuses in California and Qatar, and programs in Australia, China, Greece, India, Japan, Korea, Portugal, and Taiwan. The ECE Department has added several ECE focused research and education partnerships with Taiwanese government-sponsored universities and research institutes, with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research of Singapore, and the Information Communications Technology Institute of Portugal among others.

    Currently, the School of Computer Science offers a masters degree in the following areas: Masters in Machine Learning, Masters in Language Technologies, Masters in Robotics, Masters in Entertainment Technology, Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Masters of Information Technology in E-business Technology, Masters in Software Engineering, Masters in Software Engineering Management, Masters of Science in Information Technology, Specialization in Very Large Information Systems (MSIT-VLIS), Master of Science in Information Technology in Robotics Technology (MSIT/RT), Masters of Science in Information Technology--IT Service Management (MSIT/ITSM), Masters of Science in Information Technology--Embedded Software Engineering.

  5. University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
    The Department of Computer Science at Illinois is Home to 59 faculty members researching all aspects of computer science, from systems and networking to artificial intelligence, and from graphics and HCI to database systems and information retrieval. The $80 million Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science serves as a living laboratory to explore and evaluate emerging computing technologies. With funding from Microsoft and Intel, Illinois launched a $18 million research center to bring parallel computing concepts to mainstream devices and applications. The Universal Parallel Computing Research Center is the first of its kind to study parallelism in mainstream computing.

    The Master of Science (M.S.) in computer science is a research-oriented degree that requires 28 credit hours of coursework and 4 credit hours of thesis. The Master of Computer Science (M.C.S.) is a non-thesis degree that requires 36 credit hours of graduate coursework. The CS option for the M.S. in Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary degree that requires 36 credit hours of coursework. It can be counted towards the computer science Ph.D. Students who enter the Ph.D. program directly after completing their B.S. degree complete 96 credit hours and a doctoral thesis. Students, who enter the Ph.D. program with an approved computer science M.S. degree, will complete 64 credit hours in addition to a doctoral thesis.

  6. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
    The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department is among the leading departments in the nation, with a diverse program of nearly 100 courses per semester, 90 faculty members, 700 undergraduate and 600 graduate students. The research activity, which is presently supported by approximately $34M annually in external funding, is among the largest in any EE and CS program in the country.

    The EECS Department offers MS, MSE, and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering: Systems. There are more than 600 graduate students pursuing the following specialties: Circuits & Microsystems, Communications, Control, Electromagnetics, Hardware, Intelligent Systems, Optics, Signal Processing, Software, Solid State, Theory, and VLSI. The Graduate Program in Computer Science and Engineering offers degrees in the following Major Areas of Concentration: Hardware Systems, Intelligent Systems, Software Systems, Theory of Computation, VLSI AND CAD (CSE).

  7. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
    The collegial atmosphere of Caltech facilitates close working relationships between faculty members and students and encourages interdisciplinary research. Research in the department stresses mathematical depth, the integration of theory and implementation, and a broad perspective on computing systems. Research emphases are in algorithms; communication protocols, concurrent computation, and networks; graphics and human-computer interaction; novel computational substrates, including quantum mechanical computers and molecular computers; VLSI, with a specific emphasis on asynchronous and analog VLSI; high-confidence systems, including fault tolerance, program verification, and security; information theory; learning theory; computational complexity; computer vision; and large-scale scientific computing.

    Graduate study in Computer Science is a full-time program. Students are admitted only with the Ph.D. as the degree objective. The first year emphasizes course work and master's thesis research. Students in their second year complete their master's thesis prior to the candidacy examination. After passing the candidacy exam, students devote their time to research on the doctoral dissertation. The program requires a minimum of three academic years of residence. Students who hold a Ph.D. degree from another institution are not normally admitted to graduate standing at Caltech to pursue a second Ph.D. degree.

  8. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
    Computer and computing education at Georgia Tech dates back more than a generation, to 1964 and the establishment of the Information Science program and a master's degree program in Information Science - the first graduate degree of its kind in the country. By 1970, the program had grown in size enough to become a school in its own right, the School of Information and Computer Science (ICS), and began awarding doctorates in ICS and bachelor's degrees in information science.

    The college of Computing offers Masterís degrees in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Security, Bioengineering, Computational Science & Engineering and Doctoral degrees in Computer Science, Human-Centered Computing, Algorithms, Combinatorics, & Optimization, Bioengineering (joint with the College of Engineering), Bioinformatics (joint with the School of Biology), Computational Science & Engineering, Robotics (joint with the College of Engineering).

  9. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    Cornellís Department of Computer Science offers MEng and PhD programs and is also creating new multidisciplinary degree programs in Information Science at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

    The Ph.D. program is research-oriented, requires a thesis, and normally is completed in five to six years. It is suited to a wide range of study, and the department provides an excellent environment in all of the following areas: Artificial Intelligence, Computational Biology, Computer Graphics and Vision, Database Systems and Digital Libraries, Distributed Systems and Network, Machine Learning and Data-Mining, Natural Language Processing, Operating Systems and Architecture, Programming Languages and Compilation, Scientific Computing, Security, Theory of Computing.

    The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree is designed to allow students to increase their technical expertise in system design and implementation. A typical program includes graduate-level courses and a faculty-supervised design project. Design projects are usually associated with ongoing research topics in the department, such as: artificial intelligence (including machine learning and natural language processing), computational biology (including genomics), computational tools for finance, computer architecture, computer graphics, computer networks, computer vision, databases and data-mining, distributed systems, distributed and parallel computing, fault-tolerant and secure systems, internet architecture, multimedia systems, programming environments, software engineering.

  10. University of Texas--Austin (Cockrell), Austin, TX
    The Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin officially opened its doors on September 1, 1966. At that time it was strictly a graduate program consisting of 44 students, 13 faculty members, and an administrative staff of one. Today the Department consists of 42 tenure-track faculty members and 22 full-time lecturers. Approximately 274 graduate students study at UTCS, 192 of whom are in the Ph.D. program, as well as 858 undergraduate students. It is the largest top-10 computer science department in the United States.

    The department offers two Masters degree options: the MSCS with thesis and the MSCS coursework. Both degrees require 30 hours of coursework. The coursework option is defined by more organized coursework then the thesis option which requires 2 thesis classes. Students who are admitted to the Masters program do not need to declare which degree they intend to pursue. Ph.D. students may also pursue the M.S.C.S. degree as long as it does not interfere with their pursuit of the doctorate. The course requirements for an M.S.C.S., other than the two additional courses for a minor, are a subset of those for the Ph.D. Most Ph.D. students receive financial support from the department. Each year, approximately 12 incoming students are awarded doctoral fellowships, which guarantee support for three years. Additional students will be offered Teaching Assistantships.

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