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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.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Computer Science Courses 
    CS 575 Software Design3.0
    CS 576 Dependable Software Systems3.0
    Electrical and Computer Engineering Courses 
    ECEC 500 Fundamentals Of Computer Hardware3.0
    ECEC 600 Fundamentals of Computer Networks3.0
    Information Science and Technology Courses 
    INFO 627 Requirements Engineering and Management3.0
    INFO 638 Software Project Management3.0
    Track Courses (See Below)27.0
    Total Credits45.0


    Computer Science Track

    Complete four courses from one of the following areas:12.0
    Computing Systems
    CS 500
    Fundamentals of Databases 
    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 T680
    Special Topics in Computer Science 
    Programming Languages
    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 T680
    Special Topics in Computer Science 
    User Interface Software
    CS 530
    Developing User Interfaces 
    CS 537
    Interactive Computer Graphics  
    CS 630
    Cognitive Systems 
    CS T680
    Special Topics in Computer Science 
    Artificial Intelligence
    CS 510
    Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 
    CS 511
    Robot Laboratory 
    CS 583
    Introduction to Computer Vision 
    CS 610
    Advanced Artificial Intelligence 
    CS 612
    Knowledge-based Agents 
    CS 613
    Machine Learning 
    CS T680
    Special Topics in Computer Science 
    Theory and Scientific Computation
    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 T680
    Special Topics in Computer Science 
    Three CS Electives9.0
    Two CS or INFO Electives6.0
    Total Credits27.0


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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 Completing Your Application 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
      • Not required if your cumulative GPA is a 3.0 or above
    • 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 2017-2018 is $1228 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

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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