The Master of Science in Software Engineering trains individuals to successfully design, develop, implement, integrate, and maintain software and software-related products. The software engineering program at St. Mary’s University does not focus on providing students with a large repertoire of programming skills that emphasize a particular language syntax or semantics. Coding is only one phase of the software lifecycle.
Instead, the program gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and manage large-scale software systems with a primary focus on quality, reliability, and maintainability. It emphasizes the organizational structures, development processes, analysis and modeling techniques, design methodologies, documentation standards, and quality controls.
This program is only offered online.
Students who complete the Master of Science in Software Engineering program at St. Mary’s are prepared for rewarding careers in the field of Software Engineering. Graduates have employment opportunities with companies that develop, manage, and maintain software systems. They are employed by a variety of public and private institutions that design, evolve, and re-engineer complex software systems. They have career opportunities in every field where software programs are created and maintained.
Employers of software engineers include financial institutions, Engineering firms, avionics, automotive industry, healthcare provider, governmental institutions, Pharmaceutical companies, Insurance providers, and electronics companies. In fact, any company that designs systems that require computer programs needs software engineers.
Admission is granted only to those with a high promise for success in graduate study, as demonstrated through previous academic records and testing.
To be considered for admission, applicants must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree from other disciplines may be admitted with the provision that they take the prerequisite courses listed below. The Graduate Program Director will evaluate these cases on an individual basis.
- Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (A = 4.00) for their bachelor’s degrees.
- Have a minimum GRE quantitative score of 148.
Applicants who fail to meet any of the above standards may be admitted on a conditional basis. The graduate program director evaluates these cases on an individual basis. International students must submit the TOEFL scores and show a minimum of 80 in the Internet-based test or 213 in the computer-based test or 550 in the paper-based test. As an alternative to the TOEFL, International Student can take the IELTS test and show a minimum score of 6.5 or better. A score of 6.0 is acceptable with the provision that the student takes EN6301 during the first semester at St. Mary’s University. No student will be admitted with a score lower than 6.0 in the IELTS test.
- Data Structure and Algorithms
- Discrete Math
- Calculus 1 and 2
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