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Welcome to the Master of Software Engineering

The Master of Software Engineering Program (MSE) is an advanced 16-month professional degree program designed to train software engineers coming from a variety of backgrounds. The program prepares students to work in the booming software industry in California and beyond.

Some highlights of the program include:

  • A first quarter intensive experience designed to solidify and broaden the students’ knowledge of the computing landscape through programming
  • A set of 6 courses covering the fundamental technical knowledge in software engineering
  • Two courses dedicated to professional development in the software industry
  • A summer internship
  • A capstone project designed to enhance the students’ professional portfolio

Applications for 2019-2020: please contact the MSE graduate office at mse@ics.uci.edu for further information.

WHY MSE?

MSE is the ideal program for three types of prospective students:

  1. Majors in Computer Science, Information Systems, or Informatics who benefit from an intensive programming and software development experience before launching their professional careers.
  2. Majors in Science, Engineering, Arts, or Humanities who have dabbled in programming, and want to branch out into software engineering careers.
  3. Working professionals in Information Systems careers who want to switch into more technical positions.

The program accepts applicants with undergraduate degrees in any major. The main requirement for this program is to have prior knowledge in one or two programming languages. Prospective students can acquire this knowledge either by self-learning or by being exposed to programming courses in their undergraduate degrees.