MS | Software Engineering | Entrepreneurship & Tech Leadership Concentration

Master of Science 2023 through2024

Software Engineering

About the Program

Entrepreneurship & Technology Leadership Concentration

Curriculum Requirements

Introductory Courses

No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions based on faculty review:

  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course based on an official transcript review by faculty and successful grades, typically B or better.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course which is demonstrated through successful completion of a GAE exam.
  • If a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) is available for the Introductory Courses, upon successfully completion of a GAE, a waiver will be issued.
  • Plan accordingly prior to start of the term, faculty reviews for possible course waivers can take a few weeks. For newly admitted students, possible course waivers will not be initiated until an Intent to Enroll form has been submitted.
  • CSC 400
  • CSC 401
  • CSC 402
  • CSC 403
  • CSC 406
  • CSC 407

CDM Foundation Courses

  • SE 430
  • SE 450
    or SE 456
  • SE 477

Business (Kellstadt) Foundation Courses

  • MGT 500
  • MGT 570*

* Course is not currently offered online. Consult faculty advisor for determining suitable alternative coursework.

Major Elective Courses

Students must take 16 credit hours from courses from the list of CDM electives below and 8 credit hours 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 475
    • SE 482
    • SE 529
    • SE 554
    • SE 579

Software Engineering Research
Students also have an option of pursuing Master's research projects to fulfill their CDM elective requirements.

  • SE 695 (4 credits) AND SE 696 (4 credits)
    OR SE 695 (8 credits) AND SE 698 (0 credits)

    The Master's Project or Thesis must represent an original contribution to the area, and may include system development, empirical studies, or theoretical work. The scope and the details of the research project will be determined by the research supervisor, and must be approved by the student's academic advisor. Information and requirements for students pursuing the thesis option can be found at the SoC Master's Thesis Guideline page.

Business (Kellstadt) Elective Courses

  • ACC 502
  • ACC 555
  • IS 535
  • IS 570
  • MGT 502
  • MGT 530
  • MGT 535
  • MKT 555


Students must complete the following course.

  • SE 491

Studio Sequence Substitution Policy

Software Engineering (SE) Studio is a requirement for MS SE students. It can only be substituted for students who have had industrial experience in team software development projects. For those students with sufficient experience, they must complete a MS Project or Thesis in lieu of SE Studio.

Substitution of SE Studio must be approved in advance. Student should seek such approval no later than the second quarter after starting the Foundation phase of the program. The request for substitution should be submitted to Software Engineering Program Committee (SE-PC) and the decision will be made by the SE-PC in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Each applicant should provide supporting materials of his/her experience in software development, including resume, and letter(s) from the project manager describing the applicant's role in the projects.

All approvals of substitution will be contingent upon the applicant's completion of a MS Project or Thesis for eight (8) credit hours. Any deviation from that must be approved by the SE-PC as well.

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 48 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 (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 48 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.

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.