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This program seeks high-performing, qualified computer science professional students. Information about applying to the MSE program can be found at for domestic students or for international students. In addition, MSE applicants are required to submit a resume in order to assess their prior work experience and the equivalence of CPSC 362 Software Engineering (Course Description: Basic concepts, principles, methods, techniques and practices of software engineering. All aspects of software engineering fields will be covered briefly. Software engineering tools are recommended to use.). Please send your resume to or

Graduate and International Admissions
College of Engineering and Computer Science
California State University, Fullerton
P.O. Box 6870
Fullerton, CA 92834-6870


The program requires 10 courses (30 units) of online instruction to be completed over a 22-month-long, year around program with students taking two courses per semester. Students are grouped in cohorts that follow the same class schedule throughout the program. The courses are paired both theoretically and practically with learning goals integrated throughout the entire program.

In addition to the course requirements, students will be required to complete an orientation seminar prior to the beginning of the program. Students will also participate in a midpoint symposium to authenticate and assess their progress in the program. The orientation and midpoint symposium will be held at CSUF, but those students who are not able to physically attend will be able to participate online.


Attendance of the initial orientation.
Attendance of the midpoint symposium.

Core courses (12 units total)

  • CPSC 541 - Systems and Software Standards and Requirements
  • CPSC 544 - Software Process Definition
  • CPSC 543 - Software Maintenance
  • CPSC 545 - Software Design and Architecture

Advanced Software Process Evaluation Courses (6 units total)

  • CPSC 542 - Software Verification and Validation
  • CPSC 547 - Software Measurement

Advanced Software Engineering Management Courses (6 units total)

  • CPSC-546 - Software Project Management
  • CPSC 548 - Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues for Software Engineers

Capstone Experience (6 units)

  • CPSC 597 - Graduate Project in Computer Science