Information Technology Master's Degree with Software Engineering Specialization

Earn your master’s degree in information technology with a specialization in software engineering to build large, complex systems—as well as an executive-track career.

The software engineering specialization provides software developers with advanced software methodology, design, and coding techniques. You’ll learn aspect-oriented programming, object-oriented programming, and the principles and techniques to lead a software development team.

Gain hands-on experience performing all functions of building software and develop job-relevant expertise in implementing large software engineering projects within cost and on schedule. The software engineering courses include usability engineering, software design and implementation, software verification and validation, and more.

About the Software Engineering Specialization

The software engineering curriculum features projects sponsored by real clients, so you can build software engineering skills to apply immediately on the job.

What You’ll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Write a software requirements document
  • Design software using UML models
  • Develop and test software
  • Apply advanced knowledge in computer systems architecture
  • Manage the schedule of a complex project on time and within budget, solving conflicts as they arise
  • Analyze, design, and implement information systems
  • Plan projects, build teams, and create and modify effective control mechanisms

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Complete the development of a corporate-sponsored project through its entire life cycle
  • Build software products using object-oriented programming and aspect-oriented programming
  • Evaluate user interfaces using contextual inquiry, task analysis, and usability testing
  • Required Academic Preparation
  • The software engineering specialization is designed for students with a degree and/or professional experience in software development and programming languages.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for work in the implementation of large software engineering projects.