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The MS in Software Engineering provides students with marketable skills in methodologies, techniques, and tools of software engineering. The program encompasses the entire life-cycle of software development including requirements, analysis, design, construction, testing, and project management. Emphasis is placed on current and emerging technologies for engineering large and complex distributed software systems. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, software engineering has been among the fastest growing IT professions in the US.


Software Development Concentration

This concentration addresses the foundations, methodologies, and tools for developing high quality large-scale software systems, with an emphasis on the technical issues of software development.

Software Architecture Concentration

This concentration addresses the management and design of large-scale software systems.

Real-Time Game Systems Concentration

This concentration addresses the foundations, methodologies, and tools for developing large-scale computer games and entertainment software systems.

Entrepreneurship and Technology Leadership Concentration

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Introductory Courses 0-24
Degree Requirements 52
Total hours required 52-76

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Correctly create a model of the structure and behavior of a software system.
  • Design and implement, in a programming language, an executable solution to a given problem using common software principles and best practices.
  • Apply appropriate software testing techniques and evaluate the quality of a software product at module, integration, and system granularity levels.
  • Select and adapt suitable elements from among conventional and evolving software development life-cycle processes and apply the resulting process to a software project.
  • Collaborate in teams to develop a significantly sized software system from conceptualization to completion.
  • Communicate effectively design and development decisions through written and graphical demonstration.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Introductory, Foundation, Advanced, and Elective course selections are determined by the concentration chosen.

Introductory Courses

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:

  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • If an exam is available, the student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.