Course Requirements

Introductory Courses

Foundation Courses

Advanced Courses

Major Elective Courses

SE courses in the 421-699 range and courses from the list below qualify as Major Elective Courses. Students must take three (3) major elective courses.

Software Development 

Software Architecture 

Computer Security 

Data Science

Distributed Systems 

Project Management 

User Centered Development 

Programming Languages and Compiler 

Gaming and Entertainment Technology 

Software Engineering Research 

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.

CDM Open Electives

Students must complete one (1) CDM Open Elective. 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.