Master in Computer Science and Software Engineering

General

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Program Description

Facts & Figures

  • Academic degree: Master of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering (MSc CS-SE)
  • Partner: Agreements in progress for international joint programs and joint degrees with world-famous universities
  • Program start: September 14, 2020
  • Study duration:
    • About 3 - 4 semesters (full-time), 120 - 140 ECTS
      • Classic program September 2020 - June 2022
      • Fast lane program September 2020 - February 2022
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language of the program is English
  • Application deadlines:
    • August 2, 2020 - Non-EU student (non-EU visa)
    • September 1, 2020 - Swiss residents and EU students (EU visa)
  • Fees:
    • Tuition fee: CHF 15.000,00 – 25.000,00
    • Registration fee: CHF 0,00
    • Note: we provide scholarships

The SIT program is flexible and adapted to many different individual situations. It is available both onsite in Schaffhausen and in an online offering, as well as any onsite-online combination. It offers qualified students attractive scholarships and the possibility of a second year in one of our partner universities in Europe, the USA, and Asia.

Classic program

MSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering (120 ECTS in 4 semesters)

Term 1: Fall 2020 (30 ECTS)

Technical skills

  • Quality Engineering (6 ECTS)
  • Data Science (6 ECTS)
  • Cyber Protection (6 ECTS)

Management skills

  • Product vision, strategy, innovation, and marketing (6 ECTS)

Leadership skills

  • Human and Social Psychology (3 ECTS)

Capstone Project:

  • Geographically distributed teams working on industrially relevant projects in cooperation with companies with academic advisors or develop a commercialization project at the local tech park facilities (3 ECTS).

Term 2: Spring 2021 (30 ECTS)

Technical skills

  • Software Engineering (6 ECTS)
  • Architectural strategy (6 ECTS)
  • Dynamic Analysis and Deep Learning (6 ECTS)

Management skills

  • Product design, portfolio management and analytics (6 ECTS)

Leadership skills

  • Agile leadership and Strategic Management (3 ECTS)

Capstone Project:

  • Geographically distributed teams working on Industrially relevant projects in cooperation with companies with academic advisors or develop a commercialization project at the local tech park facilities (3 ECTS)

Internship: Summer 2021

Elective Internship

  • The master offers internships within SIT research laboratories and within Swiss and international companies, thanks tho the SIT close partnership with well-known industry partners.
  • Internships give you the opportunity to improve the experience with international research projects and leading industrial projects, both extremely important for employment after your studies.

Term 3: Fall 2021 (30 ECTS)

Technical skills

  • System Protection (6 ECTS)
  • Programmatic Marketing (3 ECTS)
  • Quantum Informatics (3 ECTS)

Management skills

  • Transformational change management (6 ECTS)

Leadership skills

  • Customer-centric mindset and agile delivery management (3 ECTS)
  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurship (3 ECTS)

Capstone Project:

  • Geographically distributed teams working on Industrially relevant projects in cooperation with companies with academic advisors or develop a commercialization project at the local tech park facilities (3 ECTS)

Term 4: Spring 2022 (30 ECTS)

  • Master Thesis

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Double degree

MSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering and a master degree in a partner university (140 ECTS in 4 semesters and 2 summers)

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Facts

  • Limited admission
  • Full scholarships available

Ongoing degrees:

  • Carnegie Mellon University, CMU (Pittsburgh USA)
  • National University of Singapore, NUS (Singapore)

New degrees (under negotiation)

  • Universität Konstanz (Germany)
  • Università degli studi di Siena (Italy)

English is the official language of the double degrees

Term 1: Fall 2020 (30 ECTS) 

Technical skills

  • Quality Engineering (6 ECTS)
  • Data Science (6 ECTS)
  • Cyber Protection (6 ECTS)

Management skills

  • Product vision, strategy, innovation, and marketing (6 ECTS)

Leadership skills

  • Human and Social Psychology (3 ECTS)

Capstone Project:

  • Geographically distributed teams working on Industrially relevant projects in cooperation with companies with academic advisors or develop a commercialization project at the local tech park facilities (3 ECTS)

Term 2: Spring 2021 (30 ECTS)

Technical skills

  • Software Engineering (6 ECTS)
  • Architectural strategy (6 ECTS)
  • Dynamic Analysis and Deep Learning (6 ECTS)

Management skills

  • Product design, portfolio management and analytics (6 ECTS)

Leadership skills

  • Agile leadership and Strategic Management (3 ECTS)

Capstone Project:

  • Geographically distributed teams working on Industrially relevant projects in cooperation with companies with academic advisors or develop a commercialization project at the local tech park facilities (3 ECTS)

Term 3: Fall 2021 (30 ECTS)

Semester at the partner university:

  • Carnegie Mellon University, CMU (full scholarships available)
  • National University of Singapore, NUS (full scholarships available)

Term 4: Spring 2022 (30 ECTS)

Semester at the partner university:

  • Carnegie Mellon University, CMU (full scholarships available)
  • National University of Singapore, NUS (full scholarships available)

Term 5: Spring 2022 (20 ECTS)

  • Master thesis (20 ECTS)

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Fast track

MSc in Computer Science and Software Engineering (120 ECTS in 3 semesters and summer)

Term 1: Fall 2020 (30 ECTS) 

Technical skills

  • Quality Engineering (6 ECTS)
  • Data Science (6 ECTS)
  • Cyber Protection (6 ECTS)

Management skills

  • Product vision, strategy, innovation, and marketing (6 ECTS)

Leadership skills

  • Human and Social Psychology (3 ECTS)

Capstone Project:

  • Geographically distributed teams working on Industrially relevant projects in cooperation with companies with academic advisors or develop a commercialization project at the local tech park facilities (3 ECTS).

Term 2: Spring 2021 (36 ECTS) 

Technical skills

  • Software Engineering (6 ECTS)
  • Architectural strategy (6 ECTS)
  • Dynamic Analysis and Deep Learning (6 ECTS)

Management skills

  • Product design, portfolio management and analytics (6 ECTS)

Leadership skills

  • Agile leadership and Strategic Management (3 ECTS)

Master thesis (6 ECTS)

  • Thesis to be carried on as extra time in the second and third semesters and full time during the summer break.

Capstone Project:

  • Geographically distributed teams working on Industrially relevant projects in cooperation with companies with academic advisors or develop a commercialization project at the local tech park facilities (3 ECTS).
Elective: Summer 2021 (18 ECTS)

Master thesis (18 ECTS)

  • Thesis to be carried on as extra time in the second and third semesters and full time during the summer break.

Term 3: Fall 2021 (36 ECTS)

Technical skills

  • System Protection (6 ECTS)
  • Programmatic Marketing (3 ECTS)
  • Quantum Informatics (3 ECTS)

Management skills

  • Transformational change management (6 ECTS)

Leadership skills

  • Customer-centric mindset and agile delivery management (3 ECTS)
  • Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship (3 ECTS)

Master thesis (6 ECTS)

  • Thesis to be carried on as extra time in the second and third semesters and full time during the summer break.

Capstone Project:

  • Geographically distributed teams working on Industrially relevant projects in cooperation with companies with academic advisors or develop a commercialization project at the local tech park facilities (6 ECTS).

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Flexible and adaptable teaching style

The unique agile flip blended eLearning formula combines lectures in the classroom, live broadcasts for online interactive participation and recorded lectures, lab activities in agile geographically distributed teams under the supervision of expert teaching assistant, individual and team study with:

  1. Agile flip blended eLearning
    • The unique agile flip blended eLearning formula combines lectures in the classroom, live broadcasts for online interactive participation and recorded lectures, lab activities in agile geographically distributed teams under the supervision of expert teaching assistant, individual, and team study.
  2. Personalized participation program
    • The SIT agile eLearning formula allows students to personalize the participation levels from a full residential study to online participation with quarterly visits to the SIT campus.

World-class technical teaching

The master is designed and taught by top-class professors and researchers from all over the world and is inspired by Nobel prize holders and successful business leaders.

Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars, and blended e-learning, with lectures available at the SIT campus in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, broadcast live online or recorded for offline study.

The institute encompasses a global community of prestigious high-ranking science and technology universities, featuring some of the best teaching support in the world. The course offers the unique option of graduating with a dual degree from one of SIT's partner institutes — the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, United States, or the National University of Singapore (NUS) in Singapore.

A program both deep and broad for technology leaders

Deep technical interdisciplinary knowledge is the cornerstone of technology leaders.

The master combines deep technical skills in software engineering and computing with multidisciplinary knowledge in technology for the future (quantum informatics and quantum cryptography).

Entrepreneurial feeling and can-do mentality

Familiarity with industrial-scale applications, business, and people is essential both for technology leaders in raising new companies and for scientists who want to contribute to modern society.

The master combines technology, hands-on skills, and actionable knowledge, like business science and science of people to build a new high-tech company or internal startup project.

Students will be required to undertake several compulsory and optional modules in addition to a thesis to complete the course.

This thesis can be written based on the student's experience in their own startup business, or at one of SIT's business network partners such as Acronis, Citrix, Microsoft, and McKinsey & Company.

Your research will be multidisciplinary and will allow you to choose in-depth optional modules from several of the following areas:

  • Software engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Software verification
  • Business analysis
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Software quality
  • Data analytics
  • Cyberphysical systems
  • Distributed trust & blockchain
  • Mobile and wearable computing

Strong liaisons with industry

Proximity to top industries is a unique opportunity to seamlessly entering both industrial and academic careers.

The SIT master in Computer Science and Software Engineering offers scholarships, internships, and job opportunities thanks to an excellent network of supporting companies:

  • Acronis
  • Parallels
  • Plesk
  • cPanel
  • Runa Capital
  • Acumatica

High-tech & high-touch study environment

Contemporary learning is a complex and fascinating activity that cannot be confined to classwork.

The master offers online courses, peer-to-peer meetings, on-campus collaborative projects, and practical activities for a holistic and efficient learning experience.

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Career opportunities and industrial partners

The SIT Master in computer science and software engineering provides a pathway to future leadership jobs.

Chief Architect

In digital software companies that want to deliver continuously, architecture has become one of the most important enablers. Consequently, the Chief Architect (CA) is now a crucial and active horizontal role to drive the technology delivery roadmap across the organization.

This often includes the orchestration of major refactoring initiatives. The CA Is especially concerned about incremental and asynchronous integrations between systems, technical debt control, and testability. In addition, the CA plays a central role in the selection of technology stacks and evaluation of industry offerings that could facilitate product development.

Leadership role:

  • Architectural/technology vision and strategy
  • Technology portfolio management
  • Technology innovation
  • System architecture and integration
  • Technology stack selection

Chief Product Officer

Digital companies of today need product agility and innovation to succeed in rapidly changing markets. The Chief Product Officer (CPO) is a strategic leader, visionary, and team supervisor of new-generation product management in which computer science, business, and innovation are combined.

CPOs drive a customer-centric mindset, establish and share a North Star product vision, and use data-informed insights to pivot products in order to maximize business value. In modern agile companies, CPOs can also act as a product general managers or tribe leaders.

Leadership role:

  • Product vision and strategy
  • Product portfolio management
  • Product innovation
  • Product analytics
  • Product design, UX and CX
  • Product marketing
  • Agile tribe leadership
  • Customer-centric mindset and business culture

Chief Program Officer

To achieve high agility and customer-centricity, software development is now structured as small, self-organized teams that deliver incremental features. When dealing with multiple teams and larger systems, this new approach requires a new role: Chief Program Officer (CPgmO).

This leader focuses on program value flow and delivery, stakeholder communication, cadence & planning, inter-team collaboration, and continuous improvement. Technical skills enable the CPgmO to handle technical dependencies and impediments while knowledge of the business domain and finance help to ensure alignment between business priorities and program execution.

Leadership role:

  • Value stream or program-level facilitation
  • Agile delivery management
  • Stakeholder communication
  • Program increment planning
  • Program execution facilitation
  • Retrospective facilitation

Chief Development Officer

Modern software companies only stay relevant in the digital world if they are able to deliver with ease and cadence. Efficient engineering delivery engines only occur in the presence of a strong Chief Development Officer (CDO) who shapes an enabling engineering environment- people, structure, agile processes, and tools.

Depending on the organization size, the CDO often acts as the change agent for agile process scaling and Cl/CD. The second key focus of CDOs is to build and nurture a thriving engineering workforce through mindset and culture-shifting, modern talent acquisition, and learning initiatives.

Leadership role:

  • Engineering mindset & culture
  • Engineering team organization structure
  • Software engineering processes
  • Engineering-wide tools
  • Engineering quality
  • Engineering planning and estimating
  • Engineering talent acquisition
  • Learning and training

Chief Security Officer

Cybersecurity is a significant challenge to achieving continuous delivery and resilience. Security teams traditionally work gate-based while developers do not build in security proactively. Cybersecurity capabilities need to match the agility of the digital organization and allow for secure customer engagement A new-generation Chief Security Officer (CSO) with transformational leadership is the key. Agile CSOs take a "bodyguard" rather than a "gate-keeper" approach. They focus on education, innovative changes, and collaboration that involve both technology, culture, team organization, and process.

Leadership role:

  • Education and evangelism
  • Cybersecurity team reorganization
  • Cyber friendly software development
  • Automation of control goals
  • Cross-organization collaboration

Chief officers shall be familiar with:

  1. Deep technical skills based on real-world applications
  2. Management skills to supervise large-scale technology projects
  3. Adaptability to the changing technology landscape

It's not our assumption, CEOs have told us about these important qualities to have at graduation. Over 30 CEOs and CTOs of tech companies were interviewed to secure the success of the SIT Master program.

“ SIT and its syllabus has been specifically developed to tackle current challenges in the industry, including the shortage of future leaders joining the software sector."
— Serguei Beloussov, CEO in Acronis

To ensure our students leave SIT as highly employable and sought-after technologists, we use our long-established technology network all over the globe to give our students access to the industry-led teaching and real-world problem-solving. Our connections with the industry proved incredibly valuable when the course curriculum was at the planning stage, as it meant world-leading business owners could have a say in the skills taught as part of the Master's course.

The newly developed MSc CS-SE at SIT provides the next generation of technical leaders with the skills they need to accelerate research and innovation in the fields of emerging computer science technologies.

We are proud of our curriculum, as there's nothing quite like it. This scientifically impeccable course is entirely up to date with what the industry needs. Our industrial partners offer great opportunities for summer internships and future jobs.

SIT STAR Scholarship

SIT offers a wide range of scholarships in cooperation with partner companies to support talented students in their education and future career.

We offer:

  • SIT STAR scholarship for the Master of Science
  • SIT scholarship with full cost coverage for students admitted to the double degrees with CMU and NUS
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