The Software Systems Engineering
specialization provides current and future software
professionals with the essential skills and real-world
knowledge to succeed in the software engineering field.
It offers an education in the fundamentals of software
engineering and an in-depth exposure to the latest technologies
and trends in software development processes, methodologies,
and tools. Teamwork is emphasized throughout the curriculum
to provide students with essential preparation for working
The specialization covers the software development
life-cycle models, object-oriented analysis and design,
design patterns, frameworks, software architecture,
and software project management. It also provides coverage
of the quantitative aspects of software engineering,
including software metrics, software quality, software
costs, and software reliability.
An alternate course plan for students admitted through Spring 2006 can be found here.
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)
Enterprise Software Overview
Software Systems Engineering
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)
285 Software Engineering Processes
287 Software Quality Assurance and Testing
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
295B Master's Project II
- OR -
299 Master's Thesis
in Written English
294 Computer Engineering Seminar
200W Engineering Reports
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.