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  • MS in Software Engineering - Computer Science Track


    The accredited online Master's Degree in Software Engineering is designed to address the rapid rise in demand for software engineering professionals. The expertise and knowledge developed in this program will prepare and push you to make an immediate contribution in the workplace.

    Drexel’s program utilizes a multidisciplinary curriculum that provides an understanding of the latest technologies and tools, and encompasses the behavioral, managerial and technical aspects of software engineering.  It's designed specifically for working professionals interested in key roles in industry, government agencies, academia and other institutions. Many former students have advanced to be senior managers, executives or successful entrepreneurs of software engineering firms.

    Program Features

    • Rigorous software engineering courses designed for professionals interested in improving their careers in Information Science and Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering
    • An experienced faculty of accomplished software engineering professionals
    • A highly interactive methodology designed to challenge and engage, while remaining convenient for working professionals

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    You'll follow a core curriculum as well as choose an area of concentration, or track — a cohesive, more specialized set of courses that builds on the core to support your particular career interest.

    Core Courses

    Computer Science Courses 
    CS 575Software Design3.0
    CS 576Dependable Software Systems3.0
    Electrical and Computer Engineering Courses 
    ECEC 500Fundamentals Of Computer Hardware *3.0
    ECEC 600Fundamentals of Computer Networks *3.0
    Information Science and Technology Courses 
    INFO 627Requirements Engineering and Management3.0
    INFO 638Software Project Management3.0
    Total Credits18.0



    For students in the online program, INFO 631 Information Technology Integration may be substituted for ECEC 500, and CS 544 Computer Networks may be substituted for ECEC 600.

    Computer Science Track

    You'll 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.

    If you have a 3.5 GPA or better in your final 3 quarters of study, you may take a 9-credit project instead of 3 elective courses. To register for a project, you 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.

    Concentration Courses12.0
    Select four of the following: 
    Computing Systems Concentration 
    CS 500
    Database Theory 
    CS 540
    High Performance Computing 
    CS 543
    Operating Systems 
    CS 544
    Computer Networks 
    CS 643
    Advanced Operating Systems 
    CS 645
    Network Security 
    CS 647
    Distributed Systems Software 
    CS 675
    Reverse Software Engineering 
    CS 676
    Parallel Programming 
    CS 741
    Computer Networks II 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (Computer Systems) 
    Programming Languages Concentration 
    CS 525
    Theory of Computation 
    CS 550
    Programming Languages 
    CS 551
    Compiler Construction I 
    CS 552
    Compiler Construction II 
    CS 650
    Program Generation and Optimization 
    CS 675
    Reverse Software Engineering 
    CS 676
    Parallel Programming 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (Programming Languages) 
    User Interface Software Concentration 
    CS 530
    Developing User Interfaces 
    CS 536
    Computer Graphics 
    CS 630
    Cognitive Systems 
    CS 636
    Advanced Computer Graphics 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (User Interface Software) 
    Artificial Intelligence Concentration 
    CS 510
    Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 
    CS 511
    Robot Laboratory 
    CS 610
    Advanced Artificial Intelligence 
    CS 612
    Knowledge-based Agents 
    CS 613
    Machine Learning 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) 
    Theory and Scientific Computation Concentration 
    CS 520
    Computer Science Foundations 
    CS 521
    Data Structures and Algorithms I 
    CS 522
    Data Structures and Algorithms II 
    CS 540
    High Performance Computing 
    CS 567
    Applied Symbolic Computation 
    CS 668
    Computer Algebra I 
    CS 669
    Computer Algebra II 
    CS 676
    Parallel Programming 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (Theory & Scientific Computation) 
    Total Credits12.0



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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in engineering or computer science from an ABET accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work
      • If any graduate work has been completed, the average GPA must be at least 3.0

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Scores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE
      • Scores in the 50th percentile or above in all three sections are sought
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • A 500 word essay on why you wish to pursue the program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1192 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

    December 5, 2015

    December 7, 2015

    December 12, 2015

    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

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    March 15, 2016

    March 19, 2016

    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

    June 6, 2016

    June 7, 2016

    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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