MS in SE - Entrepreneurship and Technology Leadership Concentration

Master of Science Fall 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.
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Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Phase
The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
  • The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
  • The student takes a Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) to test out of the course
  • The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.

All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.

CSC 243
OR experience in at least one high-level programming language
CSC 300
CSC 301
CSC 373
CSC 374
CDM Foundation Courses
SE 430
SE 450
SE 477
Commerce (Kellstadt) Foundation Courses
MGT 500
MGT 570
Major electives
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
HCI 440
The following courses are recommended:
SE 433
SE 452
SE 468
SE 482
SE 475
SE 529
SE 554
Commerce (Kellstadt) Electives
MGT 502
MGT 530
MGT 535
MKT 555
ACC 500
ACC 555
IS 535
IS 570
CDM Open Electives
Students must complete one CDM elective courses in the 420-699 range. ANI, DC 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
SE 591

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • earn a grade of B- or better in each Prerequisite Phase course
  • earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • maintain a graduate level GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their degree
  • achieve a graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher at the completion of all other requirements
  • students pursuing their second master's degree must complete 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond their first master's degree.

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.