M.S. in Software Engineering

Software Engineering woman portrait - 180 x 250Scientific, technical and sophisticated commercial systems developers require education in what has come to be called "software engineering," which encompasses the utilization of sophisticated development tools. This domain focuses on technique-oriented computer science, computational systems software development, and applied research. It emphasizes the quantitative and scientific characteristics in software development. Hardware/software issues, embedded control in hardware, and large software/hardware systems development are all part of this emphasis.

This program would be of interest to persons in computer science, computational science, systems software development, knowledge-based systems, database development, distributed database development, telecommunications, networking, multimedia software development, and neural networks. Students completing this degree almost always will be working in organizations where the MS is the recognized degree, and where most of their colleagues will also hold an MS degree in engineering or a scientific discipline.

To complete the requirements for the Master of Science in software engineering (MS) students must successfully complete 14 courses (42 graduate semester credits) and maintain a GPA of 2.7.

Current and inactive students who are enrolled in this program prior to fall 2018 may opt to remain with the graduate program requirements from their current catalog, or move forward to the newest graduate program requirements for the M.S. degree in Software Engineering.

M.S. Degree in Software Engineering Program Requirements for catalogs prior to fall 2018:


Complete a total of 14 three-credit courses (42 graduate credits).

Required Courses [9 courses]:

  • SEIS 601 Foundations of Software Development - Java (waived for appropriate prior programming experience)
  • SEIS 602 Intermediate Software Development
  • SEIS 605 Technical Communications
  • SEIS 610 Software Engineering
  • SEIS 615 DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure
  • SEIS 627 Software Planning and Testing
  • SEIS 630 Database Management Systems and Design
  • SEIS 635 Software Analysis and Design
  • SEIS 663 Information Technology Security and Networking

Electives [5 or 6 courses]:

  • Choose 5 electives (6 if SEIS 601 is waived) from the SEIS course list. A maximum of two graduate-level courses may be non-technical. 
  • A student may take up to 4 courses (12 semester credits) of graduate non-SEIS courses (including transfer courses) as a part of the MS program. All such courses must be approved as "technical" by the Associate Dean.

Transfer courses: Students may request a transfer of up to two graduate courses (six semester credits) from their previously attended, regionally accredited institution(s) towards their GPS Master of Science degree. The transfer courses must have been taken at the graduate level. The transfer school must be regionally accredited. For more information on transfer courses, please see 'Transfer Courses' listed under Academic Policies and Procedures.

View SEIS Course Catalog.


Suggested course sequence with SEIS601 required: 

  • Semester 1: SEIS 601 and SEIS 605
  • Semester 2: SEIS 602 and SEIS 610
  • Semester 3: SEIS 615 and SEIS 630
  • Semester 4: SEIS 627 and SEIS 635
  • Semester 5: SEIS 663 and 1 Elective
  • Semester 6: 2 Electives
  • Semester 7: 2 Electives

Suggested course sequence with SEIS601 waived:

  • Semester 1: SEIS 602 and SEIS 605
  • Semester 2: SEIS 610 and SEIS 630
  • Semester 3: SEIS 615 and SEIS 635
  • Semester 4: SEIS 663 and SEIS 627
  • Semester 5: 2 Electives
  • Semester 6: 2 Electives
  • Semester 7: 2 Electives 


  1. A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent).
  2. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)

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Software Engineering Job Outlook

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** “Data Scientist is the Best Job in America According to Glassdoor’s 2019 Rankings”, Forbes, Jan 23, 2019.