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Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering

This degree is about building: Quantum Computing, Machine Learning, Chip Design, and more.

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Master of Engineering in Computer Science

This degree is about programming: Application, database, webpage development, and more.

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Overlapping Concentrations

  • Network security
  • Signal processing
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Autonymous systems
  • Operating systems
  • Computational theory
  • Graph theory
  • Theory of algorithms
  • Software security
  • Machine learning

Virginia Tech Graduate Student Celebrates Diversity in the World of Technology

With an early educational background in art, Tara Laughlin initially didn’t think there was space for someone like her in technology-related fields. She soon realized her differences would be an asset.

“I had never taken AP Computer Science, I wasn’t interested in robotics, and I’ve never built a computer from scratch,” said Laughlin at the recent Innovation Campus Groundbreaking where she was a featured speaker. “I didn’t think I fit the mold of what the typical successful [computer science] student looked like.”

“I learned how valuable my different perspective was and how having my degree in art actually allowed me to thrive,” said Laughlin, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2019 with degrees in computer science and creative technologies. “I am passionate about the software I develop, but the thing I care about the most is people. I care about how people interact with software, and how well they understand how to use it.”

“My goal is to create a movement in the software industry that is focused on accessibility and inclusion. Empathy is the backbone of successful software, and creating things with all kinds of people in mind is the direction I hope that this field will go,” she said.

This fall, Laughlin started her Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Computer Science and Applications. She entered the Innovation Campus Master’s program, which is currently holding classes in Virginia Tech’s Falls Church location, as a member of the inaugural class of Boeing Scholars.

 “As a Hokie, I am committed to serve others and help people to the best of my ability,” Laughlin said. “I’ve spent six years developing technological products that meet human needs, yet I still feel like I have so much to learn about how to create tech that provides equal opportunity for all its users.”

“At the end of the day, [Tara’s] voice is going to be the only voice that matters,” said Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun as he introduced Tara at the Innovation Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony. “She is the embodiment of our future. Period. All of her peers, they are the embodiment of our future.”

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Earn your degree in as little as one year. Scholarships available to eligible applicants. Contact our Enrollment Success team by phone or email, or review frequently asked questions.

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Enrollment Success Team



Dannette Gomez Beane
AVP Enrollment Management
Innovation Campus



Samantha Pipkin
Program Coordinator
MEng Program
Computer Science
College of Engineering



Celina Gallegos
Program Coordinator
MEng Program
Computer Engineering
College of Engineering

Robin Jones

Student Support

Robin Jones
AVP Student Services
Innovation Campus 

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022

  • International Oct. 1
  • Domestic Nov. 1

Fall 2022

  • International March 1
  • Priority* March 1

*Priority admission means this is your best opportunity to get an offer based on space and scholarship consideration.

Rolling Admission through June 1st space available

Undergraduate/Graduate 4+1 Master’s Deadline

  • May 15

More about Virginia Tech

Department of Computer Science

  • Approximately $12M in annual research funding from NSF, DOE, DOD, NIH, DOT, government labs (e.g., Oak Ridge, Argonne, Los Alamos)
  • International award winners in 3D User Interfaces
  • Award winning alumnae in diversity in computing 
  • Expert consulting of cyberattack

Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Transforming wireless connections for connected cities
  • 9 Shanghai Ranking’s National Ranking of Academic Subjects (EE)
  • U.S. News and World Report graduate programs: T19 (EE), T18 (CPE)
  • 4th largest ECE department in the U.S.
  • 140 teaching faculty
  • NSF 2019 research expenditures report ranked ECE in 7th place nationally ($60.8M)