MS in SE - Entrepreneurship and Technology Leadership Concentration

Master of Science winter & spring 2012-2013

Software Engineering

Entrepreneurship & Technology Leadership Concentration

In the current IT environment, software development projects are increasingly treated as business propositions in which the product under development must deliver real and measurable value to the organization. As such, Software Engineers often need increasingly sophisticated knowledge of the business environment in order to advance in their careers beyond the purely technical track. This concentration will bridge the areas of software engineering and business, by equipping students to understand the financial, marketing, management, and entrepreneurial context in which most software development projects are executed.

The concentration will include course offerings from both CDM and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. It offers the Software Engineering students the opportunities of immersing themselves in a classroom setting in which the focus is purely business oriented, as opposed to technology oriented. This concentration aims to prepare Software Engineering students for career paths in software technology focused entrepreneurship or senior technology leadership positions (CIO's, CTO's) in businesses.

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Online Learning Options
This degree can be completed entirely online. Some courses in this degree are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL) . If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Students who wish to complete this degree entirely online need to consult with their faculty advisor to make suitable substitutions for Kellstadt commerce courses that are not offered online, as noted in the program requirements below. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning section. Information on online delivery of Kellstadt commerce courses can be found on the Kellstadt Online Learning page. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of *52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.
    *53 graduate credit hours required for MS Information Systems.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.

Course Requirements
Introductory Courses
Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.
CSC 400 Discrete Structures for Computer Science
CSC 401 Introduction to Programming
CSC 402 Data Structures I
CSC 403 Data Structures II
CSC 406 Systems I
CSC 407 Systems II
CDM Foundation Courses
SE 430 Object Oriented Modeling
SE 450 Object-Oriented Software Development
SE 477 Software and Systems Project Management
Commerce (Kellstadt) Foundation Courses
MGT 500 Managing for Effective and Ethical Organizational Behavior
MGT 570 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management
Major Elective Courses
Students must take 3 courses from the list of CDM electives below and 2 courses from the list of Kellstadt courses listed below.

CDM Electives Students may select any SE elective or the following courses:
CSC 453 Database Technologies
HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
The following courses are recommended:
SE 433 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
SE 452 Object-Oriented Enterprise Computing
SE 468 Software Measurement/Project Estimation
SE 482 Requirements Engineering
SE 475 Managing Globally Distributed Software Development
SE 529 Software Risk Management
SE 554 Enterprise Component Architecture

Commerce (Kellstadt) Elective Courses
MGT 502 Operations Management
MGT 530 Leadership in Organizations
MGT 535 Change Management
MKT 555 Decisions in Marketing Management
ACC 500 Financial Accounting
ACC 555 Management Accounting for Decision-Making
IS 535 Information Technology Investment Financial Analysis
IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
CDM Open Elective Courses
Students must complete one CDM Open Elective Course in the 421-699 range. ANI, DC, TV and VFX courses do not qualify. Credit for courses taken outside of the school will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor.
Students must complete the following courses as a sequence in consecutive quarters.
SE 491 Software Engineering Studio
SE 591 Software Engineering Studio II