M.S. in Software Engineering Program Requirements for catalogs from fall 2015 through summer 2018

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. in Software Engineering.

Scientific, 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.

  • SEIS 601 Foundations of Software Development (waived for appropriate prior programming experience)
  • SEIS 602 Intermediate Software Development
  • SEIS 605 Technical Communication
  • SEIS 610 Software Engineering
  • SEIS 625 Software Project Management
  • SEIS 626 Software Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • SEIS 630 Database Management Systems and Design
  • SEIS 635 Software Analysis and Design
  • SEIS 640 Operating Systems Design
  • SEIS 663 Information Technology Security and Networking
  • Choose 4 electives (5 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.

View SEIS Course Catalog.


Suggested course sequence with SEIS601 required: 

  • Semester 1: SEIS 605 and SEIS 601
  • Semester 2: SEIS 610 and SEIS 602
  • Semester 3: SEIS 630 and SEIS 625
  • Semester 4: SEIS 626 and SEIS 635
  • Semester 5: SEIS 640 and SEIS 663
  • Semester 6: 2 Electives
  • Semester 7: 2 Electives

Suggested course sequence with SEIS601 waived:

  • Semester 1: SEIS 605 and SEIS 602
  • Semester 2: SEIS 630 and SEIS 610
  • Semester 3: SEIS 635 and SEIS 625
  • Semester 4: SEIS 640 and SEIS 626
  • Semester 5: SEIS 663 and 1 Elective
  • Semester 6: 2 Electives
  • Semester 7: 2 Electives