Master of Software Engineering
Sample plan of study
Frequently asked questions
Graduate faculty information
Tuition & Fees
“After finishing my undergraduate, I began to shop around for graduate programs in my field. I knew NDSU had a reputation as a strong engineering school , and I know several older alumni that are quite pleased with the education they received there. I was very impressed by the quality and quantity of research done by the faculty in my program, especially as it relates to data processing. But what finally sold NDSU to me was the fact that the tuition was at least half as much less as other comparable distance programs at other schools.”
- Joel Rindfleish, Clive, IA
Software engineering focuses on the application of systematic, disciplined, and quantifiable approaches to the development, operation, and maintenance of software systems. Inclusive of computer programming but going well beyond, Software Engineering is concerned with methodologies, techniques, and tools to manage the entire software life cycle, including development of requirements, specifications, design, testing, maintenance, and project management. The advent of Software Engineering is a natural result of the continuous quest for software quality and reusability, and the maturing of the software development industry.
The online Master of Software Engineering degree is designed for professionals seeking to update or upgrade their credentials as well as to gain current skills and knowledge in software engineering.
The degree can be completed in one year, two years, or five years. All assignments are completed through distance education. You never have to travel to our campus. Projects and larger assignments can be customized to fit your specific needs. If you already are a software developer, you may be able to use parts of your job activities for these course requirements. During the first four weeks of a semester, any course can be satisfied through an examination, if you believe you already know the material. A maximum of four courses may be attempted in any one semester. If a course is started in a particular semester, it must be completed or dropped within that semester.
We also offer a 10 credit online Software Engineering Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificates are valuable tools for career advancement and are designed for individuals who want to gain credentials at the graduate-level prior to completing a full master's program. Credits from the graduate certificate are designed to transfer into a full graduate degree program.
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Sample Plan of study
The plan of study includes completion of these 12 courses with grades of A or B. CSCI 793 is taken twice to complete a two semester project.
- CSCI 713 Software Development Processes (3 CREDITS)
Required Core Courses:
- CSCI 714 Software Project Planning and Estimation (3 CREDITS) *
- CSCI 715 Software Requirements Definition and Analysis (3 CREDITS) *
- CSCI 716 Software Design (3 CREDITS) *
- CSCI 717 Software Construction (3 CREDITS) *
- CSCI 718 Software Testing and Debugging (3 CREDITS) *
- CSCI 724 Survey of Artificial Intelligence (3 CREDITS)
- CSCI 846 Development of Distributed Systems (3 CREDITS) *
- CSCI 847 Software Complexity Metrics (3 CREDITS) **
- CSCI 765 Introduction to Database Systems (3 CREDITS)
- CSCI 793 Individual Study: Software Development Project (3 CREDITS)
* Prerequisite is CSCI 713
** Prerequisite is CSCI 718
Total Credits: 36
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Master of Software Engineering require a GRE exam for admission?
The Master of Software Engineering online program does not require the GRE exam.
For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Master of Software Engineering bulletin page.
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NDSU Department of Computer Science
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