Overview

The Master of Science in Software Engineering offered by the College of Information Technology is designed to develop technical and managerial expertise in software engineering. The program focuses on meeting the growing needs of software engineers. Students acquire solid foundations in theory and practice in software engineering, with in-depth exposure to the state-of-the-art in software development processes, methodologies, and tools. The program is designed to impart knowledge and develop the skills needed to meet current and future information technology needs of government and corporate organizations, as well as to prepare students for Ph.D. degree programs in IT and related areas. Teamwork is emphasized throughout the curriculum to provide students with essential skills to be successful software engineering professionals. The program is intended for highly motivated groups of working professionals and recent Bachelor's degree graduates.

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Program Objectives

  • Assume leadership roles to promote professional and organizational goals that address the needs of the community.
  • Uphold and apply the principles of professional and ethical responsibilities to the design, development, and deployment of computing artifacts.
  • Maintain professional competence in light of the advancements in the related disciplines, and develop professionally through continuing training and advanced education in response to changes in roles and responsibilities.
  • Contribute to the body of novel software products, services, and knowledge.
  • Collaborate professionally within or outside of their disciplines at national and international levels.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply software engineering knowledge to build robust, reliable, and maintainable software.
  • Design complex systems based on efficiency, cost and data availability.
  • Evaluate in-depth the relative merits of software systems and artifacts at different levels of the system architecture.
  • Analyze Critically emerging software models, techniques, and technologies.
  • Execute ethically project work or research that contribute significantly to Software Engineering discipline.
  • Demonstrate advanced oral and writing communication skills individually and collectively.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 30 hours

College of Information Technology

Required Courses (9 hours) Credit Hours
ITCO601 Current Emerging Trends in Information Technology 3
ITCO602 Management and Leadership in Information Technology 3
ITCO603 System Analysis, Modeling & Design 3

Software Engineering

Required Courses (12 hours) Credit Hours
SWEB651 Software Construction 3
SWEB652 Requirements Engineering 3
SWEB653 Software Testing & Quality Assurance 3
SWEB654 HCI and Usability 3
Elective Courses - 3CH for Thesis option and 6CH for Non-Thesis option (6 hours) Credit Hours
SWEB655 Web Applications 3
SWEB656 Special Topics in Software Engineering 3
SWEB657 Embedded Software 3
ITPG698 Special Topics in Information Technology 3

Project or Thesis

Required Course (6 hours) Credit Hours
ITPG690 Practicum Project 1 6
1: Required 6 CH for Thesis & 3 CH for Non--Thesis

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

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Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated September 26, 2019
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