Master Of Science

Software Engineering


 

Overview

The MS in Software Engineering program provides students with skills that are widely applicable, highly in demand and richly rewarded. Software engineering is a discipline concerned with the processes, methodologies, techniques, and tools of developing high-quality software systems in a cost-effective manner. The Software Engineering program emphasizes the best software engineering practices, current methodologies, emerging technologies, and their applications in various industries. It also emphasizes the development of communication and presentation skills in a team-based software development environment. According to the latest data published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, software engineer has been consistently among the fastest growing IT professions in the US, and is projected to be in high demand in the US in the foreseeable future. The Software Engineering curriculum encompasses all important aspects of software engineering, including: requirements engineering, software architecture and design, software construction, software testing and quality assurance, software maintenance, and software project management. The MS. Software Engineering program also offer students the opportunities to specialize in one of the several concentrations

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Admission Process

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4 Concentrations

Software Development Concentration

This concentration addresses the foundations, methodologies, and tools for developing high quality large-scale software systems, with an emphasis on the technical issues of software development. Students in this concentration will gain technical expertise and experiences to become competent and successful members of software development teams in a wide range of development environments and application domains.

Software Architecture Concentration

This concentration offers students with prior experience in software development the opportunity to sharpen their skill set and broaden their knowledge base in software development. This concentration addresses the management and design of large-scale software systems with a focus on critical technical decisions with global impacts on large systems. Students will be exposed to the unique challenges, issues, and methods in dealing with the architectural aspect of complex and large-scale software systems. Students in this concentration will be prepared to take technical leadership roles in software development teams that are responsible for large-scale software projects.

Real Time Game Systems Concentration

This concentration addresses the principles and foundations of the complex field of real-time interactive game systems. Students will gain experiences in system and architectural design, computer graphics and animation, game physics, artificial intelligence, networking, tools and game systems engine development. Students will also gain experiences in the optimization of real-time computer systems used for electronic trading, defense work and mobile development technology. Besides the game industry, students can apply these highly specialized and valuable skills in other industries that use interactive simulations such as architecture, medicine, and law.

Entrepreneurship & Technology Leadership Concentration

This concentration offers students with strong background in software development and a keen interest in business the opportunity to become entrepreneurs or business leaders in the software development industry. This concentration addresses the foundations and methodologies of software development combined with knowledge of business environment and finance to prepare for career paths in entrepreneurship or senior technology leadership positions in businesses.

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Research Focus

Software Engineering faculty engage in a number of interesting research projects covering areas as broad as safety-critical software development, software architectural design, model-driven development, and software traceability. In recent years projects have been funded and/or sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, as well as a range of industries such as Siemens Corporate Technology, Microsoft, and Lockheed Martin.