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Master of Software Engineering



The Master of Software Engineering (MSE) degree program is housed within the Electrical, Computer, Software & Systems Engineering (ECSSE) department, and is designed to give recent college graduates, or college graduates who have had several years of professional life, an opportunity to enhance their careers and work on the cutting-edge of modern software development. Software engineers who complete the program can rapidly assume positions of substantial responsibility in a software development organization.

The MSE degree program achieves its purpose by providing students not only with the technical tools and techniques of the field but also with skills in communication, group interaction, management, and planning. The program emphasizes a process-centered quantitative approach to the engineering of software systems. The goal of the program is to give graduates an in-depth understanding of the tools, techniques, and appropriate processes for the management of software development, elicitation and analysis of requirements, architecture and design, implementation, and verification and validation of software systems. In addition, the program pays special attention to the issues related to communication and teamwork.

A special emphasis is on real-time embedded software systems encountered in such applications as the FAA air traffic control computer system, aircraft avionics, NASA’s space station, and others. In addition, the MSE curriculum takes full notice of the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) capability maturity model (CMM) by incorporating the key practices throughout the coursework.

The curriculum is structured into two groups of courses: core (18 credits) and specified electives (12 credits). As part of the core, each MSE student must complete a “capstone experience,” which entails a major project that involves applications of the theory, practices, and technology studied in the other core courses. Typically students will take SE 697 to satisfy the capstone experience. In special cases, the capstone experience can be satisfied by completing a Graduate Research Project (SE 690). In such cases and prior to registering for SE 690, a faculty member must agree to be a GRP advisor and the student must obtain approval of a GRP research area.

Courses available as specified electives include metrics and statistical methods for software engineering, performance analysis of software systems, concurrent and distributed systems, software safety, and formal methods for software engineering.

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Software engineering currently stands as the highest-paid engineering field. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that it will continue to be one of the fastest-growing occupations for the near future. Employers continue to seek professionals with strong skills in programming and software system analysis, design, construction, and maintenance.

Recently, ERAU Master of Software Engineering graduates have achieved nearly 100 percent job placement within one year of program completion; most receive multiple job offers. Graduates work at some of the nation’s leading aircraft, defense, electronics, and medical companies, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, NASA, USAF, Motorola, Bausch and Lomb, and Boston Scientific.

Employers state that program graduates know how to plan and structure software in a way that meets a company’s needs. Our most successful graduates have achieved positions of substantial responsibility within their organizations in a very short period of time.


View requirements for the Master of Software Engineering degree on the Catalog site.