MS | Software Engineering | Entrepreneurship & Tech Leadership Concentration

Master of Science 2021-2022

Software Engineering

Entrepreneurship & Technology Leadership Concentration

Course Legend

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.
CSC 400
CSC 401
CSC 402
CSC 403
CSC 406
CSC 407

CDM Foundation Courses

SE 430
SE 450
SE 477

Commerce (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)
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.

Commerce (Kellstadt) Elective Courses

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

CDM Open Elective Courses

Students must complete 4 credit hours from CDM Open Elective Course. Any CSEC, CSC, ECT, GAM, GPH, HCI, HIT, IS, IT, NET, PM, or SE course in the 421-699 range qualifies. Credit for courses taken outside of the school will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor.


Students must complete the following course.

SE 491

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 (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 52 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.