Course Requirements

Introductory Courses

CDM Foundation Courses

Business (Kellstadt) Foundation Courses

Major Elective Courses

Students must take three (3) courses from the list of CDM electives below and two (2) courses from the list of Kellstadt courses listed below.

CDM Electives

Students may select any SE elective or the following courses:

The following courses are recommended:

Students also have an option of pursuing Master's research projects to fulfill their CDM elective requirements.

The Master's Project or Thesis must represent an original contribution to the area, and may include system development, empirical studies, or theoretical work. The scope and the details of the research project will be determined by the research supervisor, and must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Business (Kellstadt) Elective Courses

CDM Open Elective Courses

Students must complete one (1) CDM Open Elective Course. Any CNS, CSC, ECT, GAM, GPH, HCI, HIT, IS, IT, PM, SE, or TDC course in the 421-699 range qualifies. Credit for courses taken outside of the school will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor.


Students must complete the following courses as a sequence in consecutive quarters.

Studio Sequence Substitution Policy

Software Engineering (SE) Studio sequence is a requirement for MS SE students. It can only be substituted for students who have had industrial experience in team software development projects. For those students with sufficient experience, they must complete a MS project or thesis in lieu of SE Studio.

Substitution of SE Studio must be approved in advance. Student should seek such approval no later than the second quarter after starting the Foundation phase of the program. The request for substitution should be submitted to Software Engineering Program Committee (SE-PC) and the decision will be made by the SE-PC in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Each applicant should provide supporting materials of his/her experience in software development, including resume, and letter(s) from the project manager describing the applicant's role in the projects.

All approvals of substitution will be contingent upon the applicant's completion of a MS project or thesis for 8 credit hours. Any deviation from that must be approved by the SE-PC as well.