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  • MS in Software Engineering

    Develop Your Network with Drexel’s Online MS in Software Engineering

    The College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University has addressed the growing importance of software in modern society and the subsequent demand for prepared practitioners. The result? A fully online, industry-relevant MS in Software Engineering program.

    The program provides a foundational knowledge of key software engineering topics such as software design and architecture, engineering management, and systems analytics. Regardless of your career goals, Drexel’s online MS in Software Engineering program allows for an interdisciplinary, customized approach to mastering and ultimately advancing within the software industry. 

    Drexel University is ranked 10th for best online graduate computer information technology programs in 2018 by U.S. News and World Report.

    Program Advantages

    • Shaped by the renowned College of Computing & Informatics, the curriculum encompasses behavioral, managerial, and technical aspects of software engineering
    • Faculty members are doctorally prepared educators and accomplished professionals in the software engineering field
    • The MS in software engineering program is recommended, but not limited to, professionals working in the software engineering field who are interested in technical and managerial software work across a wide range of application domains
    • Choose electives based on your individual interests and career goals
    • The online format lets you learn on your own schedule, while still providing ample opportunities to connect with professors and classmates

    The Difference Between Computer Science and Software Engineering

    Though both computer science and software engineering programs cover many of the same skills, there are a few key differences that you should be aware of. Are you looking for a program that focuses more on the theoretical and practical areas of computer science, or are you more interested in the design, development and testing of software systems? The skills you’re looking to learn will determine which program is the best fit for you. Learn more about computer science vs software engineering degrees.

    Online Open House

    Join us on Thursday,February 22nd from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. EST to learn more about the program and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    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.

    Core Courses  
    SE 575 Software Design 3.0
    SE 576 Software Reliability and Testing 3.0
    SE 577 Software Architecture 3.0
    SE 578 Security Engineering 3.0
    SE 627  Requirements Engineering and Management 3.0
    SE 630 Software Engineering Economics 3.0
    SE 636 Software Engineering Process 3.0
    Breadth Courses 12.0 
    Choose 12 credits:  
    CS 500  Fundamentals of Databases  
    CS 530 Developing User Interfaces  
    CS 645 Network Security  
    CS 647  Distributed Systems Software  
    INFO 608 Human-Computer Interaction  
    INFO 633 Information Visualization  
    SE 610 Open Source Software Engineering  
    SE 572 Web Services and Mobile Architectures  
    SE 638 Software Project Management  
    Depth and Studio Courses 12.0
    Choose 1-2 of the following courses to fulfill the Depth Requirement:
    ECEC 500 Fundamentals of Computer Hardware  
    ECEC 622 Parallel Programming  
    ECEC 632  Performance Analysis of Computer Networks  
    ECEC 641 Web Security I  
    ECEC 642 Web Security II  
    ECEC 643 Web Security III  
    INFO 517 Principles of Cybersecurity  
    INFO 555 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
    INFO 605 Introduction to Database Management  
    INFO 606 Advanced Database Management  
    INFO 607 Applied Database Technologies  
    INFO 610 Analysis of Interactive Systems  
    INFO 611 Design of Interactive Systems  
    INFO 634 Data Mining  
    INFO 648 Healthcare Informatics  
    INFO 679 Information Ethics  
    INFO 710 Information Forensics  
    INFO 712 Information Assurance  
    INFO 725 Information Policy  
    Complete 2-3 Software Studio Courses:  
    SE 691 Software Studio  
    Total Credits 45.0


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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 program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • 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

    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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