Master of Science in Software Engineering
Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE): 45.0 quarter credits
About the Program
The MS in Software Engineering program is a multidisciplinary degree sponsored by the College of Engineering and The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology. The program, drawing on the strengths of existing Drexel programs in computer science, engineering, and information science and technology, provides a curriculum that encompasses behavioral, managerial, and technical aspects of software engineering and attempts to synthesize—rather than differentiate—disciplinary paradigms and themes. The program is appropriate for students interested in a wide range of application domains.
Drexel University’s Master of Science in Software Engineering degree program was created in response to the growing importance of software to the national infrastructure and the rapid rise in demand for professional software engineers. All students in the program take a core curriculum that spans the scope of disciplinary areas relevant to the degree, thereby providing a common foundation for all students in the program. Students also elect an area of concentration, or track — a cohesive, more specialized set of courses that builds on the core to support each student’s particular career interest. Three tracks are available: information science and technology, computer science, and engineering. The average time to complete this master’s degree is three years of part-time study.
In addition to satisfying the general admission requirements of the University, all applicants to the program must satisfy the following entrance requirements:
- Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with an appropriate undergraduate major. Appropriate undergraduate majors include, but are not limited to, computer science, engineering, information systems, management science, and mathematics. Applicants may also have master’s degrees in similar fields.
- After consultation with an academic advisor, students found to be deficient in one or more of the areas below will be required to take foundation courses (these will not count toward the degree) to prepare them for admission to the MSSE program. These foundation courses, to be determined by the advisor, will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill necessary to begin the master’s program. Foundation courses must be taken at Drexel or another approved university.
- Applicants should possess the following knowledge and/or experience:
- Advanced capability to program in a block-structured programming language such as Pascal, C, or Ada, or an object-oriented language such as C++ or Smalltalk.
- A grade of B or better in an undergraduate course in systems analysis and design or software engineering.
- A grade of B or better in an undergraduate course in data structures and algorithms.
- A grade of B or better in an undergraduate course in discrete mathematics.
- Applicants must demonstrate evidence of an understanding of the development of industrial-strength software applications. This requirement may be met by at least two years of experience working directly with software system development, or (with permission of an advisor) by extensive software-intensive coursework. Students may also be required to have or develop proficiency in particular technologies, operating systems, or programming languages.
How to Apply
Additional details on how to apply to the MS in Software Engineering program depends on the chosen track. Visit the University's College of Computing and Informatics Admissions web site to learn more.
Degree requirements vary by track. All students take the required six core courses (18.0 quarter credits).
Core courses cover topics that are essential for the practicing software engineer.
|Computer Science Courses|
|CS 575||Software Design||3.0|
|CS 576||Dependable Software Systems||3.0|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering Courses|
|ECEC 500||Fundamentals Of Computer Hardware *||3.0|
|ECEC 600||Fundamentals of Computer Networks *||3.0|
|Information Science and Technology Courses|
|INFO 627||Requirements Engineering and Management||3.0|
|INFO 638||Software Project Management||3.0|
Students in each track follow the policies determined by the respective College.
Information Science and Technology Track
This track supports students interested in applying software engineering to information systems problems in commercial organizations and other settings. The principal focus is the process by which user and system requirements are converted into cost-effective, maintainable software systems. This is complemented by a concern for defining, creating, understanding, and evaluating the full range of software life-cycle products. The track places particular emphasis on information systems methodologies such as human-computer interaction, requirements analysis, modeling, and validation, along with the use of off-the-shelf tools and components to assist in software processes.
Students in the information science and technology track take a total of nine track courses: four required track courses, three courses selected from the track distribution courses, and two courses selected from the distribution courses or other approved electives. This track requires a total of 45 credits, 18 of which are from the required core.
|Evaluation of Information Systems|
|Software Engineering Process I|
|Software Engineering Process II|
|Select three of the following:|
|Advanced Database Management|
|Applied Database Technologies|
|Analysis of Interactive Systems|
|Design of Interactive Systems|
|Information Systems Analysis and Design|
|Information Technology Integration|
|Information Systems Management|
|Two Elective Courses||6.0|
|Select two of the following:|
|Knowledge Base Systems|
|XML and Databases|
|Social and Collaborative Computing|
|Introduction to System Dynamics|
Computer Science Track
Track Coordinator: Dr. Spiros Mancoridis, 215-895-6824, firstname.lastname@example.org
The computer science track welcomes students who are interested in a variety of technical topics pertaining to the development of software systems such as databases, networks, operating systems, graphics and animation systems, compilers, expert systems, and systems for scientific computing. Students will use languages and apply techniques to specify, design, implement, test, and maintain software systems.
Students in the computer science track take nine courses in addition to the six core courses listed above (for a total of 15 courses). Of the nine additional courses, four courses must be from one of the five concentration areas, plus five electives must be graduate level CS courses and two may be fulfilled by any graduate level CS or INFO courses, except for INFO 605 and INFO 530.
Students in their final 3 quarters of study who have a 3.5 GPA or better may take a 9-credit project instead of 3 elective courses. To register for a project, the student must select a project advisor (a member of the CS faculty who is willing to supervise). The project is a large-scale software development effort in which students specify, design, implement, and test a significant software system.
|Select four of the following:|
|Computing Systems Concentration|
|High Performance Computing|
|Advanced Operating Systems|
|Distributed Systems Software|
|Reverse Software Engineering|
|Computer Networks II|
|Special Topics in Computer Science (Computer Systems)|
|Programming Languages Concentration|
|Theory of Computation|
|Compiler Construction I|
|Compiler Construction II|
|Program Generation and Optimization|
|Reverse Software Engineering|
|Special Topics in Computer Science (Programming Languages)|
|User Interface Software Concentration|
|Developing User Interfaces|
|Advanced Computer Graphics|
|Special Topics in Computer Science (User Interface Software)|
|Artificial Intelligence Concentration|
|Introduction to Artificial Intelligence|
|Advanced Artificial Intelligence|
|Special Topics in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)|
|Theory and Scientific Computation Concentration|
|Computer Science Foundations|
|Data Structures and Algorithms I|
|Data Structures and Algorithms II|
|High Performance Computing|
|Applied Symbolic Computation|
|Computer Algebra I|
|Computer Algebra II|
|Special Topics in Computer Science (Theory & Scientific Computation)|
For additional information on the Computer Science Track, as well as an FAQ, visit the Department of Computer Science's Master of Science in Software Engineering web page.
Track Coordinator: Dr. Kapil Dandekar, 215-571-3579, email@example.com
Students in this track pursue techniques to model engineering problems and offer software solutions. The courses in this track emphasize problems facing engineering industries including electrical, mechanical, environmental, chemical, and others. Systems modeling and simulation techniques will be used to solve these problems.
Students in this track take 27 or more credits of track courses in addition to the 18 credits of required core courses. Three computer engineering courses are required; the other courses are from one of five concentrations. A total of 45 approved graduate credits are required for the MSSE, including the 18 credits of core courses. Students opting for the Graduate Co-op Program (GCP) option are required to complete 51 approved credits, including 6 GCP credits.
For more information on curriculum requirements, visit the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's Graduate Student Guide.
|Sample Track Courses||27.0|
|Select nine of the following:|
|Chemical Engineering Concentration|
|Process Systems Engineering|
|Advanced Process Design|
|Civil and Architectural Engineering Concentration|
|Model Analysis of Structures|
|Advanced Mechanics Of Material|
|Structural Analysis I|
|Structural Analysis II|
|Structural Analysis III|
|Behavior and Stability of Structural Members I|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering Concentration *|
|Combinational Circuit Design|
|Sequential Circuit Design|
|Design for Testability|
|High Performance Computer Architecture|
|Parallel Computer Architecture|
|Advanced Topics in Computer Architecture|
Any other ECE 500-level or above course may be eligible for credit for the Electrical and Computer Engineering concentration.
Dual MS Degree Opportunities
Dual Degree Option
MS in Software Engineering (Computer Science Track) Dual Master's Degrees
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 master's degrees and to receive both upon graduation. To be eligible, graduate students must be currently working on their first degree when requesting admission to the second. 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.
To satisfy dual degree requirements for MSSE-CS the plan of study must include the following: the core and 4 concentration courses for a total of 30.0 credits. To obtain a dual degree you must have a minimum of 60 credits, thesis (MSSE-CS has a 9-credit project in place of thesis) and research credits will be in excess of the 30.0 credits required by MSSE-CS. Dual degree for MSSE-CS is only available to on-campus students.
The dual master's student must complete the Graduate Dual Degree Form and obtain approvals from both graduate advisors. Final approval is granted by the Office of Graduate Studies. The student is then registered in both majors simultaneously. Upon graduation, the student must file two Application for Degree forms.