Online Master of Science in Engineering in Software Engineering

Do you want to lead software projects and a team of software engineers? If so, our online master’s in software engineering degree may be ideal for you. You’ll gain advanced knowledge in software development methodologies, techniques, tools and processes so you can effectively manage a variety of software projects.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 01/10/2022


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5-15

Total credit hours: 30

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Do I need a master’s degree in software engineering?

Software development is a thriving industry in our technology-driven world, so a master’s in software engineering can take you far. You’ll gain a broad set of competencies in software design, development methodologies, information systems and more. You’ll also learn in-demand skills, such as code-based testing and diverse programming languages. An advanced degree aims to prepare you for managerial and executive roles with higher-paying salaries.

Is a master’s in software engineering worth it?

 

The career outlook for individuals with a master’s in software engineering is favorable. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said software engineers earned a median salary of $107,510 in 2019. Engineering managers, meanwhile, earned median annual pay of $144,830 in the same year. Both salaries are more than double the median salary for all workers, $39,810 as of May 2019. So, of financial reward, a master’s in software development may provide a high return on investment.

This degree can also make your professional path more fulfilling. You’ll understand the local and global impact of software engineering on people, organizations and society. You’ll also be able to identify various professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues relevant to engineering software systems. These skills coupled with your ability to influence the productivity of others will make you a valuable candidate. You can also focus on the parts of software development that most appeal to your interests.

Can a non-CS graduate earn a master’s in software engineering?

 

This program expects students to have a strong background and completed coursework in computer science. Students should have earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering, software engineering or a related field and be able to provide evidence of demonstrated expertise in programming, data structures, algorithms and Calculus I (differential calculus).

Does my master's in software engineering say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured master’s in software engineering courses

The master’s in software engineering curriculum emphasizes software development methodologies, processes and techniques. You’ll build engineering and management abilities in courses including:


Core

Information Assurance and Security


Core

Software Verification and Validation, and Testing


Core

Software Project, Process and Quality Management


Concentration

Software Engineering Principles and Concepts


Culminating experience

Applied Project


Culminating experience

Portfolio Capstone


What can I do with a master’s in software engineering?

Graduates with a master’s in software engineering can pursue many career paths, from computer coding and programming to software development, debugging and testing. There’s also a high demand for software engineers who can optimize and streamline software processes. These skills can help you advance to senior managerial and executive positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Application developer.

Computer programmer.

Computer system analyst.

Electronics engineering technician.

Software architect.

Software developer.

Learn from top software engineering instructors

Of the 320+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 55 Young Investigator Awards received in the last 10 years.

Learn from top software engineering instructors

Of the 320+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 55 Young Investigator Awards received in the last 10 years.

Master’s in software engineering admission requirements

Application requirements

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Earn your master’s in software engineering from a renowned engineering institution

Top 25% of all accredited engineering programs in the nation
Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from the U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.

#2


best online master’s in electrical engineering.

#5


bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented minorities (American Society for Engineering Education 2019).

60+


engineering student organizations and student professional societies.

 

#42


undergraduate engineering programs.

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Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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