Enterprise Software Technologies

Specialization Overview

The Enterprise Software Technologies Program (formerly the Client/Server Computing Program) prepares outstanding men and women from around the world to be technical leaders in the rapidly changing software development environment. It offers an unsurpassed education in the fundamentals of software development and in-depth exposure to the latest technologies and trends shaking the foundation of Enterprise software development. It prepares students for technical careers in infrastructure software and enterprise application development.

The program focuses on the study and research of distributed N-Tier Client/Server architectures that employ multiple clients and scalable server-side technologies to develop high performance systems that scale across multiple tiers of servers.


An alternate course plan for students admitted through Spring 2006 can be found here.


Course Work

Students earn a Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) degree by completing 30 semester units of graduate study, plus meeting a competency in written English requirement. All students are required to complete 9 units of degree core courses, 6 units of required specialization courses, 9 units of elective courses, and 6 units of master's project or thesis to fulfill the 30 unit requirement. Details of these requirements are spelled out below.

Degree Core Courses (9 units)

CMPE 272 Enterprise Software Overview
CMPE 202 Software Systems Engineering
CMPE 203 Software Engineering Management

Note: Students from non computer related fields must show that they have the equivalent of Math 42: Discrete Mathematics plus the equivalent of MATH 163: Probability Theory or MATH 164: Mathematical Statistics in their undergraduate background. If they do not, they have to take these undergraduate courses or their equivalent as prerequisite courses.

Required Specialization Courses (6 units)

CMPE 273 Enterprise Distributed Objects
CMPE 275 Enterprise Software Components

Elective Courses (select 9 units)

All CMPE graduate courses (those with a course number of 200 or higher) except CMPE 271, 294, 298, 298I, 295A/B, and 299A/B can be used as elective courses. This also includes specialization core classes from other specializations and all experimental courses (CMPE 296A - CMPE 296Z).

Note: Courses from other departments may be permitted with prior advisor approval

Master's Project or Thesis (6 units)

CMPE 295A Master's Project I
CMPE 295B Master's Project II
- OR
CMPE 299 Master's Thesis


Competency in Written English
CMPE 294 Computer Engineering Seminar
ENGR 200W Engineering Reports

Note: All graduate students are required to demonstrate their competency in written English as a requirement for graduation. The university catalog specifies five ways that competency can be demonstrated (click here for details). The Computer Engineering department requires that if a course must be taken to meet the competency in written English requirement, that the course must be CMPE 294 or ENGR 200W.


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