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Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE)

  • Program Overview
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The Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) is a 36 credit-hour degree program at Nova Southeastern University’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS). Offered online and on-campus in South Florida, the MSSE degree program focuses on the foundations of software engineering, including areas such as requirements, design, development, testing, verification, human-computer interaction, and project management. This degree is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the field and to provide an enduring foundation for future professional growth. This program blends theory and practice into a learning experience that develops skills applicable to complex real-world problems.

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Students can select to take online or on-campus classes. Online classes can be taken from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available. NSU utilizes Blackboard as the learning management system to deliver online course content. On-campus classes are held on the main campus in Fort Lauderdale. Each on-campus class meets once a week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for 16 weeks in the fall and winter terms and 14 weeks in the summer term.


A graduate with a M.S. in Software Engineering will have the ability to (1) communicate software engineering concepts, designs, and solutions effectively and professionally; (2) apply knowledge of software engineering to produce effective designs and solutions for specific problems; (3) identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly literature relating to the field of software engineering; and (4) use software development tools, software systems, and modern computing platforms.


The MSSE degree is designed for students with undergraduate majors in computer science, information systems, information technology, engineering, mathematics, or physics. Applicants must have knowledge of data structures and algorithms, assembly language and computer architecture, structured programming in a modern high-level language, and discrete mathematics. Applicants who do not have an adequate background may be required to take one or more of the following 500-level graduate courses during the first two terms of the student's program:

MSIT 500 Foundations of Systems
CISC 500 / MCIS 501 Java Programming Language
CISC 502 / MCIS 502 Mathematics in Computing
CISC 503 / MCIS 503 Data Structures and Algorithms

These are in addition to the required 36 credit hours of courses at the 600 level. Courses at the 500 level, when required, must be completed prior to taking courses at the 600 level; however, some exceptions may be permitted by the program director. All 500-level courses must be completed with a grade of ‘B’ or higher to continue in the computer science degree program. CISC 500/MCIS 501 is a prerequisite to CISC 503/MCIS 503.

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Core courses and electives are listed below. Students must take all six core courses and six electives. Students who wish to take an additional elective must request approval from the program office prior to registration.

Software Engineering Core (three credits each):


Electives (three credits each):

Students may select any six 600-level courses at the school with prefix CISC, MSIT, ISEC, or MMIS (except MMIS 630, 653, 656, 660, 680 or MSIT 660).

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School Overview


Since the introduction of the graduate computer science program in 1975, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. The school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985. In 1989 the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) was formed.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.