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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

    Related Program

    Don't have a technical background in software engineering? The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science offers a foundation in information technology that prepares you for the Master’s in Software Engineering.

    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 Table Below)27.0
    Total Credits45.0


    Information Science and Technology Track

    Required Courses 
    INFO 608 Human-Computer Interaction3.0
    INFO 630 Evaluation of Information Systems3.0
    INFO 636 Software Engineering Process I3.0
    INFO 637 Software Engineering Process II3.0
    Distribution Courses - Select three of the following:9.0
    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 
    Electives - Select two of the following:6.0
    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
    • If you don't have a background in these areas, you may be eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science, which prepares you for the Master’s in Software Engineering

    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
    • 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 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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