Admission Requirements

This program seeks high-performing, qualified computer science professional students. Information about applying to the MSE program can be found at 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


Program Requirements

The program requires 10 courses (30 units) of online instruction to be completed over a 22-month-long, year-round 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.


Study Plan Requirements

Attendance of the initial orientation.

Attendance of the midpoint symposium.

Core courses (12 units total)
CPSC 541 - Systems and Software Standards and Requirements
CPSC 543 - Software Maintenance
CPSC 544 - Advanced Software Process
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 - Modern Software Management
CPSC 548 - Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues for Software Engineers

Capstone Experience (6 units)
CPSC 597 - Graduate Project in Computer Science