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  • MS in Software Engineering

    Master of Science in Software Engineering

    Develop Your Network with Drexel’s Online MS in Software Engineering

    The College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University has addressed the growing importance of software in modern society and the subsequent demand for prepared practitioners. The result? A fully online, industry-relevant MS in Software Engineering program.

    The program provides a foundational knowledge of key software engineering topics such as software design and architecture, engineering management, and systems analytics. Regardless of your career goals, Drexel’s online MS in Software Engineering program allows for an interdisciplinary, customized approach to mastering and ultimately advancing within the software industry. 

    Drexel University is ranked 15th for best online graduate computer information technology programs in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report.

    Learn more about the 4 fastest growing jobs in the field.

    Program Advantages

    • Shaped by the renowned College of Computing & Informatics, the curriculum encompasses behavioral, managerial, and technical aspects of software engineering
    • Faculty members are doctorally prepared educators and accomplished professionals in the software engineering field
    • The MS in software engineering program is recommended, but not limited to, professionals working in the software engineering field who are interested in technical and managerial software work across a wide range of application domains
    • Choose electives based on your individual interests and career goals
    • The online format lets you learn on your own schedule, while still providing ample opportunities to connect with professors and classmates

    The Difference Between Computer Science and Software Engineering

    Though both computer science and software engineering programs cover many of the same skills, there are a few key differences that you should be aware of. Are you looking for a program that focuses more on the theoretical and practical areas of computer science, or are you more interested in the design, development and testing of software systems? The skills you’re looking to learn will determine which program is the best fit for you. Learn more about computer science vs software engineering degrees.

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    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You may transfer up to 9 approved credits (3 courses) into the program.

    Core Courses  
    SE 575 Software Design 3.0
    SE 576 Software Reliability and Testing 3.0
    SE 577 Software Architecture 3.0
    SE 578 Security Engineering 3.0
    SE 627 Requirements Engineering and Management 3.0
    SE 630 Software Engineering Economics 3.0
    SE 636 Software Engineering Process 3.0
    Breadth Courses 12.0
    Choose 12 credits from the following:  
    CS 500
    Fundamentals of Databases  
    CS 530
    Developing User Interfaces  
    CS 645
    Network Security  
    CS 647
    Distributed Systems Software  
    INFO 608
    Human-Computer Interaction  
    INFO 633
    Information Visualization  
    SE 610
    Open Source Software Engineering  
    SE 572
    Web Services and Mobile Architectures  
    SE 638
    Software Project Management  
    Depth and Software Studio Courses 12.0
    At least 12 total credits, including at least 6 and up to 9 Software Studio credits, are required  
    Choose 1 or 2 of the following to fulfill the depth requirement:
    Any graduate CS course not required for the core or counted as a breadth course
    ECEC 500
    Fundamentals Of Computer Hardware  
    ECEC 622
    Parallel Programming  
    ECEC 632
    Performance Analysis of Computer Networks  
    ECEC 641
    Web Security I  
    ECEC 642
    Web Security II  
    ECEC 643
    Web Security III  
    INFO 517
    Principles of Cybersecurity  
    INFO 555
    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
    INFO 605
    Database Management Systems  
    INFO 606
    Advanced Database Management  
    INFO 607
    Applied Database Technologies  
    INFO 610
    Analysis of Interactive Systems  
    INFO 611
    Design of Interactive Systems  
    INFO 634
    Data Mining  
    INFO 648
    Healthcare Informatics  
    INFO 679
    Information Ethics  
    INFO 710
    Information Forensics  
    INFO 712
    Information Assurance  
    INFO 725
    Information Policy  
    Complete 2 or 3 software studio courses:
    SE 691
    Software Studio  
    Total Credits 45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.
      • Those without a prior degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Math (plus programming) may have to take additional prerequisites before pursuing advanced computer science courses.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work
      • If any graduate work has been completed, the average GPA must be at least 3.0

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Scores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE
      • Scores in the 50th percentile or above in all three sections are sought
      • Not required if your cumulative GPA is a 3.0 or above
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
    • A 500 word essay on why you wish to pursue the program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $1342 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

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    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

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    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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