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About GlobalFlex Master in Computer Engineering

Are you looking to become a leader in a rapidly growing global field? The SDSU GlobalFlex Master of Science in Computer Engineering offers you the convenience of completing the first semester on SDSU’s learning platform from your home country while interacting with renowned SDSU electrical and computer engineering faculty on a regular cadence.

Starting with your second semester, you will attend classes in person on the SDSU campus in sunny San Diego. This unique modality offers significant cost savings for a highly coveted master’s degree from a top U.S. public university.

Additionally, the program offers significant merit-based scholarships, support with I-20 processing, and OPT eligibility for three years.

Is This Program Right For Me?

You can leverage your bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or another STEM-related field to qualify for this program. Through proper preparation, students with undergraduate degrees in diverse areas can confidently excel in the SDSU Master of Computer Engineering program.

The program can be completed in as little as three semesters, which is accelerated and helps you to prepare for a rapidly growing job market. A blend of computer science and electrical engineering, the program provides a broad knowledge of software programming, hardware design, machine learning, embedded systems, and other cutting-edge technologies that align directly with the current industry needs.

The program culminates in a hands-on project designed to demonstrate your progress and mastery of concepts. You’ll complete a project report and present it to your Project Advisor.


Estimated Cost
$911 Total Cost/Unit

Merit-based scholarships are available for up to 40% of the program tuition

3 Semesters

Min. Completion Time

30 units (9 courses and 1 project)

International Benefits

  • OPT eligible for 3 years
  • SDSU processes I-20
  • No GRE requirement
  • No English language requirement if your undergraduate education medium of instruction was English

Sample Program Schedule

Semester 1

Aug - Dec 2024
(Home Country Campus)

Total Tuition Fee this semester: $10,932

  • Database and Web programming
  • Computer Networks
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Advanced Object-Oriented Design and Programming

Semester 2

Jan – May 2025
(SDSU Campus)

Total Tuition Fee this semester: $8,199

  • Machine Learning for Engineers
  • High-Speed Networks
  • Engineering Optimization

Semester 3

Aug – Dec 2025
(SDSU Campus)

Total Tuition Fee this semester: $8,199

  • Embedded Operating Systems
  • VLSI Testing
  • Project

Career Outcomes

Most students find careers in either hardware engineering or software engineering. Hardware engineers focus their skills on computer systems and components, designing integrated circuits such as microprocessors, and other embedded devices. Software engineers develop and test programs and applications that run on computing devices.

In these fields, you’ll have a wide range of career options, including:

  • Machine Learning
  • Embedded Systems
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Wireless Networks
  • VLSI Systems
  • Cyber-physical Systems

Labor Analysis


Job postings in the last 12 months


Projected job growth Over 10 years


Average Salary (nationwide)

Source: BLS & Burning Glass Technologies, 2020

Why Should You Choose Us?


SDSU is committed to promoting and supporting diversity throughout the academic community. The university has received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for five consecutive years. The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program granted the SDSU College of Engineering the Silver Level Award with the highest level of Exemplar status.

Versatile and Flexible Curriculum

Your curriculum is comprised of a wide range of courses on aspects of hardware, software and system design. Moreover, you will have the flexibility to tailor your course selections to your personal interests and professional needs.


Admission and General FAQs

How many intakes are there for the Program?

SDSU allows two intakes per year, a Spring intake in January and a Fall intake in August.

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Who will award the degree?

The Degree of Master of Science in Computer Engineering will be awarded by San Diego State University (SDSU), California, USA.

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What documents are required to be submitted for admission?

A color scan of the below-mentioned original document is required to be uploaded on the admission portal at the time of seeking admission:

  • Transcript of all the semesters of bachelor’s degree coursework
  • Degree Certificate / Provisional Degree Certificate
  • If the language of instruction in the undergraduate degree program is not English, then a score of English Proficiency Test is required.

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What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required to be eligible to apply for the program?

You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

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Is it required to take the English Language Test (IELTS)?

If the language of instruction in the undergraduate degree program is English, then no language proficiency test scores are needed.

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Is it required to appear for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test?

No. The GRE Score requirement has been waived.

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Is a student from a non-STEM undergraduate degree (Management / Commerce) eligible to apply?

Yes, provided the student completes the foundation program facilitated by either SDSU or the local University in your home country.

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Is a student currently pursuing the final year of an undergraduate program eligible to apply?

Yes. The GPA from the previously completed semester will be taken into consideration and a conditional offer of admission will be made.

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Is the Program recognized, approved, and accredited?

Yes. The Program is accredited by the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University and further by The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC)

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Is the Degree acquired through the GlobalFlex program equivalent to the SDSU campus mode of learning?

Yes. If you enroll in the GlobalFlex program, you will be awarded the same degree certificate as the students pursuing the same in-person program on the SDSU campus.

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Is this an online degree program?

No. This is GlobalFlex mode program with all classes held in person and on campus.

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What is the duration of the program?

The minimum duration of the program is three semesters.

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When will the program commence?

The program will commence in August 2024.

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When are the program semesters expected to commence?

Semester – I: August 2024 – December 2024 (Home Country Campus)
Semester – II: January 2025 – May 2025 (SDSU Campus, USA)
Semester – III: August 2025 – December 2025 (SDSU Campus, USA)

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How long does it take for a prospective student to get confirmation of admission after applying?

Usually, it takes between 8 to 12 weeks to get an admission decision. However, students applying to the GlobalFlex program are assured of admission if they satisfy the minimum eligibility requirements and have the entire application process completed within about 2 weeks from completing the entire admission package.

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How many years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) is applicable after completion of the Program?

Since this is a STEM Program, students can apply to receive up to 36 months of OPT employment authorization.

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What support does the University provide to commence the OPT?

The office of Career Services will assist students with resume preparation, interview skills, and networking opportunities, besides identifying job openings. The International Student Center (ISC) at SDSU will assist the students with filing the OPT.

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Is it possible to work part-time in the USA while pursuing the program?

Yes. A student is permitted to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week on campus. The student is also eligible for summer internships off-campus for 40 hours per week.

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Will a student be provided assistance while applying for F-1 visa?

The process for applying for visa commences immediately after the student has accepted the admission offer. All possible assistance will be extended to students for Form I-20. The International Student Center (ISC) will assist students with this process.

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Is there a facility to identify and book SDSU-identified student accommodation?

Yes. SDSU will assist and connect the student with the local representative to identify suitable student accommodation as per budget.

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What is the applicable tuition fee for the program?

The tuition fee is $911 US per credit. Please contact the admission counselor for more details regarding fees and installments.

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Does the GlobalFlex program provide any scholarships?

Yes. Deserving students have an opportunity to earn scholarships between 20% to 40% of the total tuition cost of the program. The scholarship criteria is strictly merit-based and will take into consideration the student’s undergraduate GPA, the kind of coursework completed in the undergraduate programs, and any research project or publication that the student may have completed.

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Academic FAQs

How many courses does the Program have?

9 courses +1 Project

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How many credits does the Program have?

30 credits

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How many learning hours are involved?

A 3-credit course over a 16-week semester requires approximately 9 hours of work in some combination of class instructional time and independent study time.

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How many teaching hours (Faculty driven) will there be per course?

Each 3-credit course will have approximately 45 hours worth of lecture content.

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In which semester do elective courses commence?

In the second semester

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When should the choice of elective courses be indicated?

The choice of courses is to be indicated before the commencement of the corresponding semester. Visa rules require that you be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits (or units) which is equal to 3 courses for this program (since each course is worth 3 credits) in each semester.

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Can the electives be changed after commencement of the semester?

Yes, electives can be changed with the approval of the Faculty Director and Advisor, given that the course has seats available.

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What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?

It is a platform (software) through which program delivery and administration is managed. The learner will be provided with a login ID and password to access the LMS. The LMS will provide the learner with access to study material, recordings of live sessions, pre-recorded videos, discussion, and chat facilities to interact with the faculty and clear doubts. The LMS will also contain information about class schedule, course information, and other announcements.

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Where are the course matrix and syllabus available?

Both the matrix and syllabus are available on the LMS and the catalog on the program website.

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How do I know about various due dates?

A Semester-wise Calendar of Events is available on the LMS. Moreover, SDSU has a website that showcases the academic calendar with all campus holidays and important academic deadlines:

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Will the recording of live sessions be available?

Yes. All live online sessions will be recorded and available on the LMS.

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Will study material be provided?

Yes. A learner is provided access to an exhaustive and customized Self Learning Material (SLM) on the LMS.

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What are the assessment components?

The assessment in courses may be comprised of quizzes, coding assignments, reading assignments, mid-term assessments, and final examinations. The faculty will indicate the specifics at the commencement of the course.

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Will a laptop be required while pursuing the program?

Yes. A laptop computer with a working webcam & microphone facility is required.

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About SDSU

San Diego State University is located in Southern California in the beautiful city of San Diego, California, USA. It is the flagship campus of the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses and ranked #15 among all public universities in the U.S. in 2022-2023. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 36,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.


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