M.S. in Software Management

This program provides students with the most relevant, practical, and applicable knowledge available in software engineering and software management. With the appropriate mix of technical and business skills, graduates of this program can systematically analyze business situations and propose, plan, and manage rigorous software development strategies and efforts to fulfill organizational objectives.

Since this program focuses on both technical and development management issues, graduates of this program can apply the acquired skills and knowledge to advance their careers in software architecture, strategic software business planning, and project portfolio and program management jobs. It can also advance more experienced software engineers and project managers to pursue technical leadership roles in the modern software business.

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To keep up with increasing demands for high quality software, software development has shifted from the linear development of a few programs by a centralized software powerhouse to more incremental and iterative development of rich systems from cooperative sources across the globe with increasingly strong overseas off-shoring assistance.

As a result, software professionals are now faced with unprecedented challenges in effectively planning, managing, and developing software engineering projects with distributed and limited resources. Only strong leaders who have a clear understanding of both software development techniques and business management approaches can adequately tackle these challenges to meet business needs.

Degree Requirements

To complete the requirements for the Master of Science with a major in software management, students must successfully complete 14 courses (42 graduate semester credits) and with a GPA of at least 2.7. Students must complete 8 required technical courses from GPS, 2 electives from GPS, and 4 elective courses from the Opus College of Business graduate course curriculum.

Required Courses

  • SEIS 605  Technical Communications (Oral, Written, Visual)
  • SEIS 610  Software Engineering
  • SEIS 625  Software Project Management
  • SEIS 626  Software Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • SEIS 630  Database Management Systems and Design
  • SEIS 645  Computer and Network Communications
  • SEIS 705  Strategic Information Systems
  • SEIS 707  Enterprise Architecture and Development
  • 2 SEIS course electives from the GPS course list. View SEIS Course Catalog.
  • 4 electives from the Opus College of Business(OCB) graduate course curriculum:
  • Students may transfer up to 2 courses (6 credits) from a school other than the University of St. Thomas. The transfer courses must have been taken at the graduate level. The transfer school must be accredited. For information on transfer courses, please see Transfer Courses.

Course Sequence

Suggested course sequence :

  • Semester 1: SEIS 605 and SEIS 610 
  • Semester 2: SEIS 630 and SEIS 625
  • Semester 3: SEIS 645 and SEIS 626
  • Semester 4: SEIS 707  and 1 Elective (SEIS / OCB course)
  • Semester 5: SEIS 705  and 1 Elective (SEIS / OCB course)
  • Semester 6: 2 Electives (SEIS / OCB course)
  • Semester 7: 2 Electives (SEIS / OCB course)

Entrance Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). 
  2. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)

 

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