Master of Science in Information Technology: Software Engineering

Professional Science Master'sThis program has been designated a Professional Science Master's Degree through the Council of Graduate Schools.

Software Engineering (SWEN) Specialization

The Software Engineering specialization provides software developers with advanced software methodology, design and coding techniques. This specialization is designed to serve individuals wishing to enhance their programming skills in all phases of software development. Students gain hands-on experience performing all functions of building software. The emphasis of this specialization is on implementing software engineering projects within cost and schedule by applying proven and innovative practices.

Career Path

The Master of Science program in Information Technology serves careers at the entry, mid-, or upper-level positions, depending upon the prior level of experience of the candidate.

Software Engineering

Professional roles suitable for program graduates include leading a software development team. Based on experience dealing with clients and management, the next level of advancement would be as head of a development department and on to Chief Technology Officer.



  • Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600, Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3).
  • The Software Engineering specialization is designed for students with a degree and/or professional experience in software development and programming languages.

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

  • ITEC 610 Information Technology Foundations (3)
  • ITEC 625 Computer Systems Architecture (3)
  • ITEC 626 Information Systems Infrastructure (3)
  • ITEC 630 Information Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Design (3)
  • ITEC 640 Information Technology Project Management (3)

Core Rules

  1. ITEC 610 must be taken as one of the first two courses.

Software Engineering (SWEN) Specialization Required Courses

  • SWEN 603 Modern Software Methodologies (3)
  • SWEN 645 Software Requirements (3)
  • SWEN 651 Usability Engineering (3)
  • SWEN 646 Software Design and Implementation (3)
  • SWEN 647 Software Verification and Validation (3)
  • SWEN 648 Software Maintenance (3)
Capstone Course

SWEN 670 Software Engineering Project (3)

Specialization Rules

Courses must be taken in the order listed above.

Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.

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