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Software Engineering MS

Program overview

The master of science in software engineering is designed to attract software professionals with a formal undergraduate background in software engineering, computer science, or computer engineering and at least one year of professional experience. The programís core content ensures that graduates will possess both breadth and depth of knowledge in software engineering. Specialization tracks in software quality and design provide the student with the opportunity to match their graduate education with their professional goals.

Curriculum

The program comprises 36 semester credit hours, anchored by either a thesis or a capstone project.

Software engineering (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
SWEN-610 Foundations of Software Engineering 3
SWEN-745 Software Modeling 3
  Elective 3
SWEN-722 Process Engineering 3
SWEN-749 Software Evolution and Re-engineering 3
SWEN-640 Research Methods 3
Second Year
SWEN-772 Software Quality Engineering 3
SWEN-755 Software Architectures and Product Lines 3
SWEN-799 Independent Study 3
SWEN-790 Thesis 6
  Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Software engineering (capstone option), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
SWEN-610 Foundations of Software Engineering 3
SWEN-745 Software Modeling 3
  Elective 3
SWEN-722 Process Engineering 3
SWEN-749 Software Evolution and Re-engineering 3
SWEN-640 Research Methods 3
Second Year
SWEN-772 Software Quality Engineering 3
SWEN-755 Software Architectures and Product Lines 3
  Electives 6
SWEN-780 Capstone Research Project 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in software engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

Professional experience developing software is preferred, but candidates without a background in computing will be considered. Additional bridge coursework will be required, and may extend time to graduation.

Additional information

Bridge courses

Based on the evaluation of academic and relevant experience, the graduate program director may require some applicants to successfully complete bridge courses to fill in any gaps in their background. Successful completion of bridge courses is necessary for registration in graduate-level courses.


Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Software Engineer, Technical Specialist, Software Developer, Software Quality Assurance Specialist, Software Tester, Software Designer, Software Requirements Engineer, Programmer.

Recent Employers

Activision, Alstom Transport, Amazon Services, Apple Inc., BAE Systems, Blackbaud, Digital Receiver Technology Inc., EnerNOC Inc., Fidelity Investments, GE MDS LLC, Goodrich, Google, Harris Corporation, IBM Corp., Impact Technologies LLC, ITA Software, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Minitab Inc., Mitre Corp., MOOG Inc., Northrop Grumman, Oracle, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Performance Technologies, Railcomm Inc., Raytheon Company, REDCOM Laboratories Inc., RightNow Technologies, Rochester Software Associates, Siteworx Inc., Soleo Communications Inc., Thomson Reuters, Thoughtbot, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, Webster Financial Group, Welch Allyn Inc., VoicePort LLC, Vuzix Corporation, Xerox Corporation


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