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Accelerate Your Career With an Online Master’s in Software Engineering

Next-generation software developers are in demand.1 Are you ready to meet the need? Prepare for the IT challenges of today—and tomorrow—with Walden’s online MS in Software Engineering program.

Our program focuses on developing the industry-required skills vital to managing large, complex software projects. Through hands-on learning, you’ll gain a well-rounded understanding of security, security risk management, big data, and AI and how they all work together from a development perspective.

An online MS in Software Engineering allows working professionals to apply engineering best practices to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of complex software systems.

Become a Security Expert

Today’s best software engineers know security is top of mind. Our coursework incorporates essential and current security topics.

Gain a Holistic View

Increase your professional value by acquiring advanced knowledge in the major areas of IT and understanding how they fit together.

Strengthen Your Résumé

We engage directly with employers to ensure you develop the modern software engineering skills that businesses want and need.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 6, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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You have the drive to take your software engineering career to the next level. Walden has the tools and resources to help you get there. From experienced faculty to exceptional student support, you’re never in it alone. Go further with Walden—get started today.


Completion Requirements

  • 30 semester credits
    • Core courses (30 sem. cr.)


Course Code Title Credits
SENG 6005

The Global Technology Environment

Students in this course are provided a critical "state-of-the-art" breadth-first review of the domain of information technology (IT). Designed to provide students with a wide-ranging introduction to topics such as software engineering, cybersecurity, and big data analytics, students completing the course have a comprehensive global view of the current IT landscape in the context of both commercial and noncommercial enterprises. The class blends both theory and practice to provide a solid foundation for future study. Students study the relationship between technological change, society and the law, and the powerful role that computers and computer professionals play in a technological society.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6215

Security Risk Management

Threats to information security (IS) are becoming more sophisticated. Laws and regulations impose strict (cyber) security risk management requirements on all enterprises to prevent, or at least limit, the potential of cyberattacks. Course content is directed at providing a deep understanding of the mechanisms and techniques that can be used to identify and mitigate against security risk. Students in this course are provided with the theoretical and practical knowledge to deliver a formal, systematic, and in-depth approach to the application of the concepts, techniques, methods, approaches, and processes of (cyber) security risk management in a pragmatic manner and in the context of enterprises of all kinds.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6155

Software Engineering and System Architecture

Students in this course are provided with systematic knowledge concerning the current techniques, technologies, and tools of software engineering. Emphasis is on the problem-solving elements of software engineering and on the software system architectures that result. Project management and configuration management issues are also discussed. The course affords students the ability to practice many of the software engineering techniques considered, using state-of-the-art tools, either individually or in groups.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6260

Software Modeling and Design

In this course students explore a range of modeling techniques and design tools used within the context of software development projects, such as object-oriented design tools and techniques. A number of standard notations for design representation will be included, as will different software development methodologies and life cycles in the context of the various design techniques that cover the development process, from feasibility studies to software implementation. Students work both individually and in groups and are provided opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in the course to real-world software design scenarios. Throughout the course, students have the opportunity to acquire a range of software modeling and design skills ready for application in the workplace.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6630

Algorithms and Computation

In this course students examine the role and importance of algorithms, algorithms used to solve a given computational problem, and the process of designing algorithms where no suitable existing algorithm is available. Students have the opportunity to analyze algorithm behavior, and correctness and complexity based on both time and memory requirements. Students have the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of a range of algorithms that are in common usage and/or are of historical significance within the IT industry, including sorting algorithms, searching algorithms, graph algorithms, and pathfinding algorithms.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6175

Software Testing and Quality Assurance

Students in this course are provided a general overview of software engineering in the context of testing and quality assurance, both of which are important facets of modern software engineering that have technical, financial, and ethical implications for organizations. Students explore focused topics, such as testing methods; developing tests at the unit, integration, and systems level; techniques for stress testing; complexity and test metrics; quality management standards; and configuration management. Students have the opportunity to develop a critical awareness and comprehensive understanding of software testing and quality assurance, and the capability to create successful testing and quality assurance processes to support the needs of modern software engineering projects.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6240

Advanced Database Systems

In order to create a competitive advantage, organizations store and analyze information in a variety of formats. This course covers key areas of database systems, such as requirements, design, implementation, security, performance, and scalability. Through a hands-on approach and practical projects, students have an opportunity to design and build database systems using the latest database technologies.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6190

Foundations of Intelligent Systems

Students in this course are introduced to the concepts of artificial intelligence and emergent areas of intelligent systems. Students have the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of knowledge representation, reasoning, machine learning, and evolutionary techniques. Students are presented with real-world problems and have the opportunity to apply "intelligent" techniques to provide solutions to these problems.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6635

Secure Coding

In this course students are provided with an understanding of secure software development practices. Students have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how to integrate security into the application/software development process. Students also have the opportunity to study some of the techniques for writing secure code, language-based security models, and isolation techniques to protect data.

(3 sem. cr.)
SENG 6250

Requirements and Quality Engineering

In this course students examine requirements of engineering and quality engineering in the context of software engineering. Students are presented with topics on the system engineering life cycle, including requirements, design, integration, transition, operation, maintenance, support, and quality management standards. Course content focuses on issues of requirements and quality engineering, such as the elicitation of requirements, analysis, specification, validation, and change management.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 30 semester credit hours $880 per semester hour $26,400
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $1,050


*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 15 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 6, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for this master’s program, you must have a technical bachelor’s degree or at least one year of relevant professional experience in information technology and meet the general admission requirements. All graduate programs in the School of Technology and Applied Science require the submission of a résumé. Proficiency in at least one modern programming language is highly recommended but not required. All applicants must submit a completed  online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.

Build Practical Skills for the Real World of IT

Our master’s degree in software engineering curriculum includes actual cases, visualizations, and applications that reflect the demands of today’s computer science field. Interactive coursework and programming labs give you the freedom to apply what you learn in a realistic environment. Beyond mastering software design technologies, you’ll examine the practical application of these technologies to address real-life business problems.

Meet Your Academic Team – Online Master’s in Software Engineering

  • Gary Griffith

    Gary Griffith

    Academic Coordinator

    Prior to joining the faculty at Walden University, Dr. Griffith worked in the field of information systems and technology for more than 30 years. He led the research that enabled Walden to be designated as an NSA | DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education in 2014.

  • Alan Dawson

    Alan Dawson

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Dawson has been a contributing faculty member within the College of Management and Technology at Walden since 2004. He has more than 25 years of experience working in product development in a variety of engineering roles, including software quality assurance, software development, and hardware design.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online MS in Software Engineering program will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate emerging technical developments that apply to software engineering.
  • Evaluate software engineering paradigms, tools, and techniques.
  • Examine the skills required to lead a project in the construction of a complex commercial software system.
  • Examine IT issues and methodologies used in the design and development of IT systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of best practices used to develop and manage software development teams.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of best practices used to develop and manage complex software development projects.

What’s the Career Outlook of Earning an MS in Software Engineering?

Organizations of all sizes need qualified software developers and project managers to design, develop, and maintain increasingly intricate applications and systems. A master’s degree in software engineering can help you meet this demand for IT talent. Gain the advanced technical skills and knowledge to take on larger-scale projects and enhance your professional marketability.

An online MS in Software Engineering could also potentially lead to higher earnings. According to Glassdoor, software engineers earn an average annual base pay of $92,046, with overall salaries ranging from $63,000 to $134,000 depending on skills, prior education, years of experience, and other applicable factors.1

An MS in Software Engineering degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as:2

  • Software developer or engineer
  • IT project manager
  • Computer systems engineer or architect
  • Network engineer or architect
According to the BLS, jobs for software developers are expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of


through 2029.3
The digital magazine CIO ranked software developers among the

Top 10

most in-demand tech jobs for 2020.4

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

An MS in Software Engineering degree can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Software development companies
  • Financial organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations

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