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Master of Software Engineering (Online)


“I am glad I chose to pursue a master’s in Software Engineering at St. Mary’s because the faculty really know their stuff. The degree plan emphasized both the technical and management skills I use today in my career.”
– Mike Perez (M.S. ’15)

Djaffer Ibaroudene, Ph.D., helps students in class. The Master of Science in Software Engineering trains individuals to successfully design, develop, implement, integrate, and maintain software and software related products. The software engineering program at St. Mary’s University does not focus on providing students with a large repertoire of programming skills that emphasize a particular language syntax or semantic. Coding is only one phase of the software life cycle.

Instead, the program gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and manage large-scale software systems with a primary focus on quality, reliability, and maintainability. It emphasizes the organizational structures, development processes, analysis and modeling techniques, design methodologies, documentation standards, and quality controls.

Degree Plans

Master of Science in Software Engineering — Degree Plan
Certificate in Software Engineering — Degree Plan

Program of Study

The Software Engineering program is a 30-credit-hour program. Students may elect a thesis or a project option. The thesis option consists of 24 credit hours of coursework and six credit hours of thesis direction. The thesis must be defended orally. Non-thesis students must complete 27 credit hours of coursework and three credit hours of the Capstone Master Project. Like the thesis option, the Capstone Master Project must be presented and defended orally in front of the master project committee.

Combined Degree Option

The Engineering Department also offers a unique five-year combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Software Engineering program. Undergraduate students begin graduate course work during their senior year and complete the master’s degree in the fifth year.

In order to accomplish this, students must plan starting in their freshman year to allow for summer courses so that they can take six hours of graduate work each semester in their senior undergraduate year.

Admission Requirements

Admission is granted only to those with a high promise for success in graduate study, as demonstrated through previous academic records and testing.

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree from other disciplines may be admitted with the provision that they take the prerequisite courses listed below. The Graduate Program Director will evaluate these cases on an individual basis.
  • Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (A = 4.00) for their bachelor’s degrees.
  • Have a minimum GRE quantitative score of 148.
  • Applicants who fail to meet any of the above standards may be admitted on a conditional basis. The graduate program director evaluates these cases on an individual basis.
  • International student must submit the TOEFL scores and show a minimum of 80 in the Internet-based test or 213 in the computer-based test or 550 in the paper-based test. As an alternative to the TOEFL, International Student can take the IELTS test and show a minimum score of 6.5 or better. A score of 6.0 is acceptable with the provision that the student takes EN6301 during the first semester at St. Mary’s University. No student will be admitted with a score lower than 6.0 in the IELTS test.


  • C/C++
  • Data Structure and Algorithms
  • Discrete Math
  • Calculus 1 and 2

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Master of Science in Software Engineering program at St. Mary’s are prepared for rewarding careers in the field of software engineering. Graduates have employment opportunities with companies that develop, manage and maintain software systems. They are employed by a variety of public and private institutions that design, evolve and reengineer complex software systems. They have career opportunities in every field where software programs are created and maintained.

Employers of software engineers include financial institutions, engineering firms, the avionics and automotive industries, health care providers, governmental institutions, pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers and electronics companies. In fact, any company that designs systems that require computer programs needs software engineers.

Learn more about the St. Mary's Master of Software Engineering Program


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