MS in Software Engineering - Software Development Concentration

The Software Development 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. Online Learning Learning opportunities are available for this concentration.
Master of Science 2021-2022

Software Engineering

Software Development 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

Foundation Courses

SE 430
OR SE 441
SE 433
SE 450
SE 475
OR SE 477

Advanced Courses

CSC 435
SE 459
SE 480

Major Elective Courses

SE courses in the 421-699 range and courses from the list below qualify as Major Elective Courses. Students must take 16 credit hours from major elective courses.

  • Software Development
    CSC 438
    CSC 453
    CSC 461
    CSC 462
    CSC 471
    CSC 472
    CSC 552
    SE 452
    SE 453
    SE 459
    SE 482
    SE 533
    SE 560
  • Software Architecture
    SE 456
    SE 457
    SE 480
    SE 549
    SE 554
    SE 581
  • Computer Security
    CSEC 450
    CSC 439
    SE 525
    SE 526
  • Data Science
    DSC 423
    DSC 424
    DSC 425
    CSC 453
    DSC 465
    DSC 478
    DSC 540
    CSC 555
    CSC 575
    DSC 441
  • Distributed Systems
    CSC 435
    CSC 536
    CSC 552
  • Project Management
    CSEC 533
    IS 535
    IS 556
    IS 560
    IS 565
    SE 475
    SE 529
    SE 579
  • User Centered Development
    HCI 430
    HCI 440
    SE 453
    SE 546
  • Programming Languages and Compiler
    CSC 447
    CSC 448
    CSC 548
    CSC 535
    SE 533
  • Gaming and Entertainment Technology
    CSC 486
    GAM 453
    GAM 475
    GAM 575
    SE 456
  • Software Engineering Research

    SE 695 Master's Research (4 credits) AND SE 696 Master's Project (4 credits)
    SE 695 Master's Research (8 credits) AND SE 698 Master's Thesis (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.

CDM Open Electives

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

Software Engineering Studio Substitution Policy

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.

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.