Software Engineering MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Philip Bradley
585-475-5332, pmbges@rit.edu


Department Contact

J. Scott Hawker, Graduate Program Director
585-475-2705, hawker@se.rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall
Entrance Exam GRE required for individuals with degrees from international universities
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 88
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 61

 

Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

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

Plan of study

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

Curriculum

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

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

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
SWEN-610 Foundations of Software Engineering 3
SWEN-745 Software Modeling 3
SWEN-640 Research Methods 3
SWEN-722 Process Engineering 3
SWEN-749 Software Evolution and Re-engineering 3
SWEN-772 Software Quality Engineering 3
Second Year
SWEN-755 Software Architectures and Product Lines 3
  Electives 9
  SE Elective 3
SWEN-780 Capstone Research Project 3
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:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (Prospective students from institutions that do not use the GPA scale are expected to demonstrate an equivalent level of academic accomplishment. Formal academic background in software engineering, computer science, or computer engineering is a plus.),
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit a professional essay (1-4 pages) describing current job (if applicable), relevant experience, and career plans,
  • Submit a current resume (including descriptions of significant software projects in which the candidate participated), and
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based) are required. International applicants must provide Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Domestic students are encouraged to provide GRE scores.

Professional experience developing software is preferred, but candidates without a background in computing will be considered. Additional bridge course work may 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

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