Software Engineering

Major: Software Engineering
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0903
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
15-1132; 15-1133

About the Program

The College of Computing & Informatics' Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program was created in response to the growing importance of software in modern society and the rapid rise in demand for professional software engineers.

The MS in Software Engineering program draws on the broad strengths of the College of Computing & Informatics to provide a curriculum that encompasses behavioral, managerial, and technical aspects of software engineering. The program is appropriate for students interested in technical and managerial software work across a wide range of application domains.

All students in the program take a core curriculum that provides a foundation spanning key software engineering topics and providing an integrative software studio experience. Students also take electives allowing them to specialize and gain in-depth knowledge according to their individual interests and career goals. The degree program culminates in a hands-on capstone experience (Software Studio) in which graduate students work for two to three quarters on an intensive team-based software project, with the goal of applying what they have learned to a real-world, ongoing project.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Software Engineering accepts applicants who hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Please visit the College of Computing & Informatics' website for more information on admission requirements.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please visit the College of Computing & Informatics' MS in Software Engineering web page.

Degree Requirements

Software Engineering Core Courses

Core Courses
SE 575Software Design3.0
SE 576Software Reliability and Testing3.0
SE 577Software Architecture3.0
SE 578Security Engineering3.0
SE 627Requirements Engineering and Management3.0
SE 630Software Engineering Economics3.0
SE 636Software Engineering Process 3.0
Breadth Courses12.0
Choose 12 credits from the following:
Fundamentals of Databases
Developing User Interfaces
Network Security
Distributed Systems Software
Human-Computer Interaction
Information Visualization
Open Source Software Engineering
Web Services and Mobile Architectures
Software Project Management
Depth and Software Studio Courses 12.0
At least 12 total credits, including at least 6 and up to 9 Software Studio credits, are required
Choose 1 or 2 of the following to fulfill the depth requirement:
Any graduate CS course not required for the core or counted as a breadth course
Fundamentals Of Computer Hardware
Parallel Programming
Web Security I
Performance Analysis of Computer Networks
Web Security II
Web Security III
Principles of Cybersecurity
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Database Management Systems
Advanced Database Management
Applied Database Technologies
Analysis of Interactive Systems
Design of Interactive Systems
Data Mining
Healthcare Informatics
Information Ethics
Information Forensics
Information Assurance
Information Policy and Ethics
Complete 2 or 3 software studio courses:
Software Studio
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
SE 575Software Design3.0
SE 627Requirements Engineering and Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
SE 576Software Reliability and Testing3.0
SE 630Software Engineering Economics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
SE 577Software Architecture3.0
SE 636Software Engineering Process 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
SE 578Security Engineering3.0
Breadth Course3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
SE 691Software Studio3.0
Breadth Course3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
SE 691Software Studio3.0
Breath Course3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
SE 691Software Studio3.0
Breadth Course3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
Depth Course3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Dual Degree Opportunities

Graduate students already enrolled in a master's degree program at Drexel have the opportunity, through the dual master's program, to work simultaneously on two CCI master's degrees and to receive both upon graduation. To be eligible, graduate students must be currently working on their first CCI master's degree when requesting admission to the second CCI master's degree. They must obtain approval from the graduate advisors of both programs and work out a plan of study encompassing coursework and/or research (thesis) credits for both degrees. Please contact your advisor for more information on program requirements as some CCI master's degree combinations may require additional pre-requisites.

The dual master's student must complete the Change of Curriculum and Status form and obtain approvals from both graduate advisors. Final approval is granted by the Graduate College. The student is then registered in both majors simultaneously. Upon graduation, the student must file two Application for Degree forms.

Facilities

3675 Market Street

In March 2019, the College of Computing & Informatics relocated to 3675 Market. For the first time in the College's history, all CCI faculty, students and professional staff are housed under one roof. Occupying two floors in the brand new uCity Square building, CCI's new home offers state-of-the-art technology in our classrooms, labs, meeting areas and collaboration spaces. 3675 Market offers Class A laboratory, office, coworking, and convening spaces. In fall 2019, the College will open a third floor which will include additional offices, classrooms, a research lab, a maker space, and a ground-breaking DXC Technology Innovation Lab. Located at the intersection of Market Street and 37th Street, 3675 Market will act as a physical nexus, bridging academic campuses and medical centers to the east and south, the commercial corridors along Market Street and Chestnut Street, and the residential communities to the north and west.

The uCity Square building offers:

  • Speculative lab/office space
  • World-class facilities operated by CIC
  • Café/restaurant on-site
  • Quorum, a two-story, 15K SF convening space and conference center
  • Adjacent to future public square
  • Access to Science Center’s nationally renowned business acceleration and technology commercialization programs

Drexel University Libraries

Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise, advancing the University’s academic mission through serving as educators, supporting education and research, collaborating with researchers, and fostering intentional learning outside of the classroom. Drexel University Libraries engages with Drexel communities through three physical locations, including W. W. Hagerty Library,  Queen Lane Library, and the Library Learning Terrace, as well as a vibrant online presence which sees, on average, over 8,000 visits per day. In the W.W. Hagerty Library location, College of Computing & Informatics students have access to private study rooms and nearly half a million books, periodicals, DVDs, videos and University Archives. All fields of inquiry are covered, including: library and information science, computer science, software engineering, health informatics, information systems, and computing technology. Resources are available online at library.drexel.edu or in-person at W. W. Hagerty Library.

The Libraries also make available laptop and desktop PC and Mac computers, printers and scanners, spaces for quiet work or group projects and designated 24/7 spaces. Librarians and library staff—including a liaison librarian for computing and informatics—are available for individual research consultations and to answer questions about materials or services.

CCI Commons

Located on the 10th floor of 3675 Market Street, the CCI Commons is an open lab and collaborative work environment for students. It features desktop computers, a wireless/laptop area, free black and white printing, and more collaborative space for its students. Students have access to 3675 Market's fully equipped conference room with 42” displays and videoconferencing capabilities. The CCI Commons provides technical support to students, faculty, and professional staff. In addition, the staff provides audio-visual support for all presentation classrooms within 3675 Market. Use of the CCI Commons is reserved for all students taking CCI courses.

The computers for general use are Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX machines with appropriate applications which include the Microsoft Office suite, various database management systems, modeling tools, and statistical analysis software. Library related resources may be accessed at the CCI Commons and through the W.W. Hagerty Library. The College is a member of the Rational SEED Program which provides cutting-edge software development and project management software for usage in the CCI Commons and CCI classrooms. The College is also a member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance known also as “DreamSpark” that allows students free access to a wide array of Microsoft software titles and operating systems.

The CCI Commons, student labs, and classrooms have access to networked databases, print and file resources within the College, and the Internet via the University’s network. Email accounts, Internet and BannerWeb access are available through the Office of Information Resources and Technology.

CCI Learning Center

The CCI Learning Center (CCILC), located in 3675 Market Street's CCI Commons student computer lab, provides consulting and other learning resources for students taking computer science classes. The CCILC is staffed by graduate and undergraduate computer science students from the College of Computing & Informatics.

The CCILC and CCI Commons serve as a central hub for small group work, student meetings, and TA assistance. 

Research Laboratories

The College houses multiple research labs, led by CCI faculty, in 3675 Market Street including: the Drexel Health and Risk Communication Lab, Interactive Systems for Healthcare, Socio-Technical Studies Group, Intelligent Information & Knowledge Computing Research Lab, Evidence-based Decision Making Lab, Applied Symbolic Computation Laboratory (ASYM), High Performance Computing Laboratory (SPIRAL), Drexel Research on Play (RePlay) Laboratory, Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), Social Computing Research Group, Vision and Cognition Laboratory (VisCog) and the Vision and Graphics Laboratory. For more information on these laboratories, please visit the College’s research web page.

Computing & Informatics Faculty

Denise E. Agosto, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). Professor. Information behavior, public libraries, gender, children, young adults, multicultural materials.
Larry Alexander, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Executive in Residence. Research Professor. Large scale modeling and simulation, pattern recognition, the future of information technology.
Yuan An, PhD (University of Toronto, Canada). Associate Professor. Conceptual modeling, schema and ontology mapping, information integration, knowledge representation, requirements engineering, healthcare information systems, semantic web.
David Augenblick, MS (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Introductory and object-oriented programming, data structures and database systems, computer application project management, application of computer programming principles and solutions to engineering problems.
Marcello Balduccini, PhD (Texas Tech University) Senior Research Scientist, Applied Informatics Group. Associate Research Professor. Logic programming, declarative programming, answer set programming, knowledge representation, various types of reasoning
Ellen Bass, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology) Head of Department of Information Science; Joint Appointment with the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Professor. Characterizing human judgement and decision making, modeling human judgement when supported by information automation, computational models of human-human and human-automation coordination.
Mark Boady, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Computer Algebra, complex symbolic calculations, automation of computation problems
Jennifer Booker, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Software engineering, systems analysis and design, networking, statistics and measurement, process improvement, object-oriented analysis and design, bioinformatics, and modeling of biological systems.
David E. Breen, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Associate Professor. Self-organization, biomedical image/video analysis, biological simulation, geometric modeling and visualization
Matthew Burlick, PhD (Stevens Institute of Technology). Assistant Teaching Professor. Image processing, machine learning, real-time video tracking, object detection and classification, statistics/probability, and acoustics
Yuanfang Cai, PhD (University of Virginia). Associate Professor. Formal software design modeling and analysis, software economics, software evolution and modularity.
Christopher Carroll, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Information technology within healthcare companies, computer networking and design, IT infrastructure, server technology, information security, virtualization and cloud computing.
Bruce W. Char, PhD (University of California-Berkeley). Professor. Symbolic mathematical computation, algorithms and systems for computer algebra, problem-solving environments parallel and distributed computation.
Chaomei Chen, PhD (University of Liverpool). Professor. Information visualization, visual analytics, knowledge domain visualization, network analysis and modeling, scientific discovery, science mapping, scientometrics, citation analysis, human-computer interaction.
Catherine D. Collins, MLIS (Indiana University). Associate Teaching Professor. Knowledge management, collection development, management of information organizations, information sources and services, international development.
John D'Ignazio, MS (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Human information interaction, digital curation, design of information infrastructures, methods development to elicit and evaluate impact on information environments, metadata schemes.
Prudence W. Dalrymple, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Director, Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Research and Teaching Professor. User-centered information behaviors, particularly in the health arena, health informatics, evidence based practice, education for the information professions and evaluation, and translation of research into practice.
M. Carl Drott, PhD (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Systems analysis techniques, web usage, competitive intelligence.
Andrea Forte, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Social computing, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, information literacy.
Susan Gasson, PhD (University of Warwick). Associate Professor. The co-design of business and IT-systems, distributed cognition & knowledge management in boundary-spanning groups, human-centered design, social informatics, online learning communities, grounded theory.
Christopher Geib, PhD (University of Edinburgh). Associate Professor. Decision making and reasoning under conditions of uncertainty, planning, scheduling, constraint, based reasoning, human computer and robot interaction, probabilistic reasoning, computer network security, large scale process control, user interfaces.
Colin Gordon, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Software reliability, program behavior, concurrent and systems-level code, formal assurance, programming models, distributed computing, even testing
Jane Greenberg, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Alice B. Kroeger Professor. Metadata, ontological engineering, data science, knowledge organization, information retrieval
Rachel Greenstadt, PhD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Artificial intelligence, privacy, security, multi-agent systems, economics of electronic privacy and information security.
Peter Grillo, PhD (Temple University) Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Information Science. Teaching Professor. Strategic applications of technology within organizations.
Gregory W. Hislop, PhD (Drexel University) Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor. Information technology for teaching and learning, online education, structure and organization of the information disciplines, computing education research, software evaluation and characterization.
Xiaohua Tony Hu, PhD (University of Regina, Canada). Professor. Data mining, text mining, Web searching and mining, information retrieval, bioinformatics and healthcare informatics.
Jeremy R. Johnson, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor. Computer algebra; parallel computations; algebraic algorithms; scientific computing.
Weimao Ke, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Information retrieval (IR), distributed systems, intelligent filtering/recommendation, information visualization, network science, complex systems, machine learning, text/data mining, multi-agent systems, the notion of information.
Michael Khoo, PhD (University of Colorado at Boulder). Assistant Teaching Professor. The understandings and practices that users bring to their interactions with information systems, with a focus on the evaluation of digital libraries and educational technologies.
Xia Lin, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Digital libraries, information visualization, visual interface design, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, object-oriented programming, information retrieval, information architecture, information-seeking behaviors in digital environments.
Geoffrey Mainland, PhD (Harvard University). Assistant Professor. High-level programming languages and runtime support for non-general purpose computation.
Spiros Mancoridis, PhD (University of Toronto). Professor. Software engineering; software security; code analysis; evolutionary computation.
Gabriela Marcu, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Human-computer interaction, health informatics, action research, ethnography, user experience design, designing for social change, organizational information systems, ubiquitous computing, knowledge management.
Linda S. Marion, PhD (Drexel University). Teaching Professor. Formal and informal communication, bibliometric studies of scholarly communication, diffusion of information, information use in the social sciences, academic and public libraries, information science education.
Adelaida Alban Medlock, MS (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Introductory programming; computer science education.
William Mongan, MS (Drexel University) Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Computer Science. Associate Teaching Professor. Service-oriented architectures, program comprehension, reverse engineering, software engineering, computer architecture, computer science education, engineering education outreach
Gaurav Naik, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Computer networking and cybersecurity
Delia Neuman, PhD (The Ohio State University). Professor Emeritus. Learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design, the use of media for learning, and school library media.
Ko Nishino, PhD (University of Tokyo) Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs, Computer Science. Professor. Computer vision, computer graphics, analysis and synthesis of visual appearance.
Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD (University of Maryland at College Park) Dean of Libraries. Professor. Library metrics and use in management, library as place, and academic library service models.
Krzysztof Nowak, PhD (Washington University). Associate Teaching Professor. Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, image processing, wavelets, asymptotic distribution of eigenvalues, numerical methods and algorithms, computer science education.
Santiago Ontañón, PhD (University of Barcelona). Assistant Professor. Game AI, computer games, artificial intelligence, machine learning, case-based reasoning
Jung-ran Park, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Associate Professor. Knowledge organization and representation, metadata, computer-mediated communication, cross-cultural communication, multilingual information access.
Alex Poole, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Archives and records, digital humanities, digital curation, pedagogy, diversity and inclusivity in the LIS profession
Jeffrey L. Popyack, PhD (University of Virginia). Professor. Operations research, stochastic optimization, computational methods of Markov decision processes; artificial intelligence, computer science education.
William C. Regli, PhD (University of Maryland-College Park). Professor. Artificial intelligence; computer graphics; engineering design and Internet computing.
Lori Richards, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Archives, digital curation, electronic records management, information technology and digital collections, cloud computing and record keeping, management of information organizations.
Michelle L. Rogers, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Associate Professor. Human-computer interaction, healthcare informatics, human factors engineering, socio-technical systems, health services research, patient safety.
Jeffrey Salvage, MS (Drexel University). Teaching Professor. Object-oriented programming, multi-agent systems, software engineering, database theory, introductory programming, data structures.
Dario Salvucci, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Department Head, Computer Science. Professor. Human computer interaction, cognitive science, machine learning, applications for driving.
Kurt Schmidt, MS (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Data structures, math foundations for computer science, programming tools, programming languages.
Ali Shokoufandeh, PhD (Rutgers University) Senior Associate Dean of Research. Professor. Theory of algorithms, graph theory, combinational optimization, computer vision.
Erin Solovey, PhD (Tufts University). Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction, brain-computer interfaces, tangible interaction, machine learning, human interaction with complex and autonomous systems.
Il-Yeol Song, PhD (Louisiana State University) PhD in Information Studies Program Director. Professor. Conceptual modeling, data warehousing, Big data technologies, data science, smart aging.
Julia Stoyanovich, PhD (Columbia University). Assistant Professor. Data and knowledge management, big data, biological data management, search and ranking.
Brian Stuart, PhD (Purdue University). Associate Teaching Professor. Machine learning, networking, robotics, image processing, simulation, interpreters, data storage, operating systems, computer science, data communications, distributed/operating systems, accelerated computer programming, computer graphics.
Deborah Turner, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information behavior/interaction, management of information institutions, orality and information.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information policy, ethics, government information.
Filippos Vokolos, PhD (Polytechnic University). Assistant Teaching Professor. System architecture, principles of software design and construction, verification and validation methods for the development of large software systems, foundations of software engineering, software verification & validation, software design, programming languages, dependable software systems.
Rosina Weber, PhD (Federal University of Santa Catarina). Associate Professor. Knowledge-based systems; case-based reasoning; textual case-based reasoning; computational intelligence; knowledge discovery; uncertainty, mainly targeting knowledge management goals in different domains, e.g., software engineering, military, finance, law, bioninformatics, and health sciences.
Erija Yan, PhD (Indiana University). Assistant Professor. Network Science, information analysis and retrieval, scholarly communication methods and applications.
Christopher C. Yang, PhD ( University of Arizona, Tucson). Associate Professor. Web search and mining, security informatics, knowledge management, social media analytics, cross-lingual information retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, information visualization, information sharing and privacy, artificial intelligence, digital library, and electronic commerce.
Valerie Ann Yonker, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Human service information systems, systems analysis and design, measurement in software evaluation, knowledge engineering.

Emeritus Faculty

Michael E. Atwood, PhD (University of Colorado) Associate Dean for Research and for Undergraduate Education. Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, organizational memory.
Thomas A. Childers, PhD (Rutgers University). Professor Emeritus. Measurement, evaluation, and planning of information and library services, the effectiveness of information organizations.
David E. Fenske, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dean Emeritus and Professor. Digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management and information technologies.
John B. Hall, PhD (Florida State University). Professor Emeritus. Academic library service, library administration, organization of materials.
Katherine W. McCain, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Scholarly communication, information production and use in the research process, development and structure of scientific specialties, diffusion of innovation, bibliometrics, evaluation of information retrieval systems.
Carol Hansen Montgomery, PhD (Drexel University) Dean of Libraries Emeritus. Research Professor. Selection and use of electronic collections, evaluation of library and information systems, digital libraries, economics of libraries and digital collections.
Gerry Stahl, PhD (University of Colorado, Northwestern University). Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, theory of collaboration.
Howard D. White, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Professor Emeritus. Literature information systems, bibliometrics, research methods, collection development, online searching.
Susan Wiedenbeck, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, end-user programming/end-user development, empirical studies of programmers, interface design and evaluation.
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