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  • MS in Software Engineering - Information Science and Technology 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 elect an area of concentration, or track — a cohesive, more specialized set of courses that builds on the core to support your particular career interests.

    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.

    Information Science and Technology Track

    Required Courses12.0
    INFO 608
    Human-Computer Interaction 
    INFO 630
    Evaluation of Information Systems 
    INFO 636
    Software Engineering Process I 
    INFO 637
    Software Engineering Process II 
    Distribution Courses 9.0
    Select three of the following: 
    INFO 606
    Advanced Database Management 
    INFO 607
    Applied Database Technologies 
    INFO 610
    Analysis of Interactive Systems 
    INFO 611
    Design of Interactive Systems 
    INFO 620
    Information Systems Analysis and Design 
    INFO 631
    Information Technology Integration 
    INFO 646
    Information Systems Management 
    Two Elective Courses 6.0
    Select two of the following: 
    INFO 612
    Knowledge Base Systems 
    INFO 613
    XML and Databases 
    INFO 616
    Social and Collaborative Computing 
    INFO 617
    Introduction to System Dynamics 
    INFO 634
    Data Mining 
    Total Credits27.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelor's or above
    • Advanced capability in a structured programming language such as Pascal, C, or Ada, or an object-oriented language such as C++ or Smalltalk
    • Understanding of the development of industrial-strength software applications
    • Undergraduate courses with a B or better in:
      • Systems analysis and design or software engineering
      • Data structures and algorithms
      • Discrete mathematics

    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
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional or both)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
      • In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you
    • A current resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $1157 per credit.

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.


    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

    March 14, 2016

    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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