Dec 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Computer Science with a Specialization in Software Engineering

Degree Requirements

Minimum requirements for the degree are 45 graduate credits. A maximum of 12 credits taken in non-matriculated status may be applied to this program. Students may be allowed up to 10 transfer credits as described earlier in this Catalog but at least 36 graduate credits must completed at Seattle University. All degree requirements must be completed within six years after course work has begun.

I. Preparatory Courses

 6 preparatory courses required*, including:


*Students may be waived from one or more of these preparatory courses if they have prior equivalent coursework.

II. Required Courses

22 credits, including:

Choose one of the following two applied algorithms courses:

Choose one of the following two systems courses:

Choose one of the following five software development courses:


  1. Acceptable CPSC electives include five-credit CPSC courses numbered from 5100-5799. Five-credit special topics courses (CPSC 5910) can also be used to fulfill electives.
  2. Courses that fulfill a categorical requirement (applied algorithms, systems, and software development) will fulfill that requirement. A student can take additional courses in any category to fulfill CPSC electives. A single course cannot be used to simultaneously satisfy a categorical requirement and an elective.

III. Software Engineering Specialization Courses

23 credits, including:


  1. Satisfactory performance (B- or better) in CPSC 5810 and CPSC 5820 is required.

Minimum credits required for degree (45)