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  • MS in Software Engineering - Computer Science Track

    Overview

    The accredited online Master's Degree in Software Engineering is designed to address the rapid rise in demand for software engineering professionals.  The expertise and knowledge developed in this program will prepare and push students to make an immediate contribution in the workplace.

    Drexel’s program utilizes a multidisciplinary curriculum that provides an understanding of the latest technologies and tools, and encompasses the behavioral, managerial and technical aspects of software engineering.  It's designed specifically for working professionals interested in key roles in industry, government agencies, academia and other institutions. Many former students have advanced to be senior managers, executives or successful entrepreneurs of software engineering firms.

    Program Features

    • Rigorous software engineering courses designed for professionals interested in improving their careers in Information Science and Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering
    • An experienced faculty of accomplished software engineering professionals
    • A highly interactive methodology designed to challenge and engage students, while remaining convenient for working professionals

    Curriculum

    Students take a core curriculum as well as an area of concentration, or track — a cohesive, more specialized set of courses that builds on the core to support each student’s particular career interest.

    Core Courses

    Computer Science Courses 
    CS 575Software Design3.0
    CS 576Dependable Software Systems3.0
    Electrical and Computer Engineering Courses 
    ECEC 500Fundamentals Of Computer Hardware *3.0
    ECEC 600Fundamentals of Computer Networks *3.0
    Information Science and Technology Courses 
    INFO 627Requirements Engineering and Management3.0
    INFO 638Software Project Management3.0
    Total Credits18.0

     

    *

    For students enrolled in the online program, INFO 631 Information Technology Integration may be substituted for ECEC 500, and CS 544 Computer Networks may be substituted for ECEC 600.

    Computer Science Track

    Students in the computer science track take nine courses in addition to the six core courses listed above (for a total of 15 courses). Of the nine additional courses, four courses must be from one of the five concentration areas, plus five electives must be graduate level CS courses and two may be fulfilled by any graduate level CS or INFO courses, except for INFO 605 and INFO 530.

    Students in their final 3 quarters of study who have a 3.5 GPA or better may take a 9-credit project instead of 3 elective courses. To register for a project, the student must select a project advisor (a member of the CS faculty who is willing to supervise). The project is a large-scale software development effort in which students specify, design, implement, and test a significant software system.

    Concentration Courses12.0
    Select four of the following: 
    Computing Systems Concentration 
    CS 500
    Database Theory 
    CS 540
    High Performance Computing 
    CS 543
    Operating Systems 
    CS 544
    Computer Networks 
    CS 643
    Advanced Operating Systems 
    CS 645
    Network Security 
    CS 647
    Distributed Systems Software 
    CS 675
    Reverse Software Engineering 
    CS 676
    Parallel Programming 
    CS 741
    Computer Networks II 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (Computer Systems) 
    Programming Languages Concentration 
    CS 525
    Theory of Computation 
    CS 550
    Programming Languages 
    CS 551
    Compiler Construction I 
    CS 552
    Compiler Construction II 
    CS 650
    Program Generation and Optimization 
    CS 675
    Reverse Software Engineering 
    CS 676
    Parallel Programming 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (Programming Languages) 
    User Interface Software Concentration 
    CS 530
    Developing User Interfaces 
    CS 536
    Computer Graphics 
    CS 630
    Cognitive Systems 
    CS 636
    Advanced Computer Graphics 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (User Interface Software) 
    Artificial Intelligence Concentration 
    CS 510
    Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 
    CS 511
    Robot Laboratory 
    CS 610
    Advanced Artificial Intelligence 
    CS 612
    Knowledge-based Agents 
    CS 613
    Machine Learning 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) 
    Theory and Scientific Computation Concentration 
    CS 520
    Computer Science Foundations 
    CS 521
    Data Structures and Algorithms I 
    CS 522
    Data Structures and Algorithms II 
    CS 540
    High Performance Computing 
    CS 567
    Applied Symbolic Computation 
    CS 668
    Computer Algebra I 
    CS 669
    Computer Algebra II 
    CS 676
    Parallel Programming 
    CS 680
    Special Topics in Computer Science (Theory & Scientific Computation) 
    Total Credits12.0

     

     

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in engineering or computer science from an ABET accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • 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

    • 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
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • A 500 word essay on why you wish to pursue the program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    How to Submit Supporting Documents

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $1123 per credit.

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2014     

    September 22, 2014

    December 5, 2014

    December 8, 2014

    December 13, 2014

    Winter 2015 

    January 5, 2015

    March 16, 2015

    March 17, 2015

    March 21, 2015

    Spring 2015 

    March 30, 2015

    June 8, 2015

    June 9, 2015

    June 12, 2015

    Summer 2015 

    June 22, 2015

    August 29, 2015

    September 1, 2015

    September 5, 2015

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