Four students sit around a table with a large screen showing a car racing video game working on a project to measure focus and attention levels in players with ADHD.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a full-time academic program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in 4 years or a dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 4.5 years.

A student may also be able to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering or Cybersecurity in 5 years.

What is Computer Engineering?

Computer engineers blend theories from computer science and applications from electrical engineering to develop new hardware and software for computer systems. These engineers optimize and advance the core technologies behind the Internet, wireless communications and mobile computing.

Why Villanova?

What makes Villanova’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department unique is our commitment to community:

  • Between students who learn teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills together during classes and in clubs
  • With faculty who value your success and take the time to get to know you—by name
  • In the world outside of Villanova, where we engage in service learning trips, study abroad experiences and STEM outreach programs
  • Through Nova Nation whose alumni are there to mentor, guide and support our students during their time here and after they graduate

Areas of Study

All undergraduates in Computer Engineering study the following:

  • C and C++ programming languages
  • Efficient computer algorithms
  • Computer hardware and architectures
  • Computer networks
  • Computer interfacing
  • Digital system design
  • Microprocessor systems

Areas of specialization include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Microcontrollers
  • Multimedia
  • Real-time digital signal processing
  • Software engineering

Related minors—including Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity and Mechatronics—offer an opportunity for more in-depth study.

Real-World Opportunities

Every student completes a senior capstone design project, which covers three semesters and involves student teams working on a variety of real-world problems, many of which are sponsored by industry partners. You can also speak with your advisor about research opportunities with faculty.

Recent undergraduate projects include:

  • Mario Kart system to measure focus and attention levels in players with ADHD
  • Measurements of multicore microstructured optical fibers heated up to 100 C
  • Information management system for El Bluff hospital in Nicaragua
  • Wheelchair communication system
  • Facial recognition of Philadelphia Zoo animals
  • Active defense cybersecurity

After Earning Your Degree

A Computer Engineering degree will prepare you for several of U.S. News & World Report’s top 25 STEM jobs.

In 2019, 3% of Villanova Computer Engineering graduates continued their education after graduation. Those who entered the job market earned an average starting salary of $80,241.

Where Are They Now?

2019 graduates from Villanova’s Electrical and Computer Engineering program are working in a number of interesting fields. Here is just a sampling:

  • Consultant, Accenture
  • Technology Consulting, Deloitte
  • Software Engineer, Harris Corporation
  • Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities Trader, JP Morgan
  • Chase Leadership Development Program Analyst, JP Morgan Chase
  • Program Management, Accessibility and Disability Technology, Microsoft
  • Associate Computer Engineer, Parsons Corp.
  • Technical Consultant, Planisware
  • Software Engineer, Walt Disney Studios

Department Chair

Dr. Bijan Mobasseri


Office Assistant

Helen Cook