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 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 the student with the opportunity to match their graduate education with their professional goals.
The MS in software engineering is available to professionals without a formal baccalaureate degree in computing, but who may otherwise have sufficient experience developing software professionally, and those who have earned a baccalaureate computing degree and have at least one year of software development experience.
Prospective students with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution must 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.
Prospective students without a bachelor’s degree in software engineering, computer science, or computer engineering are expected to submit evidence of professional experience developing software. For these individuals, a minimum of three years of professional experience is required.
Additional admission requirements include:
- A short professional essay (1-4 pages) describing their current job (if applicable), relevant experience, and career plans.
- A current resume, including descriptions of significant software projects in which they have participated.
For international applicants whose native language is not English, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language must be submitted. A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based), or 88 (Internet-based) is required.
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Last updated April 25, 2018