Best computer engineering graduate programs in California

On average, a master’s in computer engineering salary is $30,431 higher than a bachelor’s. It can also fast-track your path to managerial and specialist roles in the field. These computer engineering grad school rankings are based on our methodology. Choose the right program for you. 

Our master’s in computer engineering rankings cover 18 of the 93 universities available, accounting for 42% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $107,661.

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#1 in California | #1 in Computer Engineering nationally

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

Economic score: 0.17

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $138,269

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,564

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $26,270

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.19

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in California | #2 in Computer Engineering nationally

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Economic score: 0.21

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $97,266

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $40

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $20,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.21

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in California | #8 in Computer Engineering nationally

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

Economic score: 0.29

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $129,018

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,756

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $41,239

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.32

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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California State University, Northridge

Northridge, California

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California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, California

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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

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California Baptist University

Riverside, California

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University of California, Irvine

Irvine, California

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University of California, Riverside

Riverside, California

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University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, California

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University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

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University of California, Merced

Merced, California

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How long does it take to pay down debt in computer engineering in California?

Years

Under 6 months

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in computer engineering is covered by average graduate earnings in under 6 months.

How much do graduates with master's degree in computer engineering earn in California?

Salary

$124,341

The median master's degree in computer engineering graduate earns $124,341 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in computer engineering cost in California?

Net cost

$19,852

The average annual cost of a master's degree in computer engineering is $19,852. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.