Software Engineering M.S.

Become a Leader in Software Engineering

With your Master of Science in Software Engineering from UHCL, you’ll be prepared to take a leadership role in the industry. You’ll be best prepared for your graduate coursework by having an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Studies in this degree address the foundations, methodologies and tools used in the management, planning, design and engineering of software systems. By providing a careful balance between theory and practice, the plan prepares you for central software positions in industry, government and institutions where software engineering has become a key activity.

UHCL Gives You Great Opportunities

As a software engineer, you’ll become a specialist with the skills and knowledge to take charge of the testing, design, development and maintenance of computer software for business and personal use. UHCL allows you to choose extended course work and either the capstone option or thesis option to complete your degree. The plan requires core areas of software engineering to be mastered, and each of these areas is covered by a dedicated set of core and extended courses. We also offer this program in the traditional face-to-face classroom setting and fully online.

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Admission Requirements

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  • Software Engineering M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative)
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or closely related field


Degree Requirements

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall 2017

    New Degree Seeking - August 1
    Priority* - August 14
    Final* and Session Start - August 28

  • Spring 2018

    New Degree Seeking - December 1
    Priority* - September 1
    Final* and Session Start - January 16

*Former/Non-degree seeking/Certificate Graduate Students applicants who apply after the priority deadline can expect to go through late registration. $50 late registration fee will be assessed.


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 1

*Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

**Freshman will not be accepted for Summer semester


Locations

  University of Houston-Clear Lake
 

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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  UHCL Online
 

UHCL Online

Bayou Building, Room 1406
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-212-1611

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Accreditations and Distinctions

UHCL is one of only 10 U.S. universities with computing programs accredited under three different curriculum guidelines of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. The College of Science and Engineering’s undergraduate degree plan in computer engineering is accredited by the ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission, while its Computer Accreditation Commission has accredited our undergraduate degree plans in computer science and computer information systems. The organization’s Applied Science Commission has accredited the undergraduate environmental science sub-plans for safety and industrial hygiene. Our chemistry degree program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.


Software Engineering M.S. Faculty

Gary Boetticher
Gary Boetticher

Gary Boetticher

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Computer Information Systems and Software Engineering ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3805
Email: boetticher@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 164

Faculty Bio

Jim Dabney
James Dabney

James B. Dabney

Program Chair and Professor of Systems Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3852
Email: dabney@uhcl.edu
Office: D108

Faculty Bio

Soma Datta
Soma Datta

Soma Datta

Program Chair of Pre-engineering and Assistant Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3838
Email: datta@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 225

Faculty Bio

Keith Drake
Keith Drake

Keith C. Drake

Director of Cyber Security Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3853
Email: drake@uhcl.edu
Office: D145

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Michael Findler
Michael Findler

Michael Findler

Program Chair of SWEN, Assistant Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3884
Email: findler@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 120

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Jim Helm
James Helm

James Carlton Helm

Associate Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3875
Email: helm@uhcl.edu
Office: D101

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Venkata Inukollu

Venkata Inukollu

Visiting Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3824
Email: inukollu@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 222

Faculty Bio

S. Andrews White
Sharon White

Sharon Andrews White

Associate Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3867
Email: whites@uhcl.edu
Office: D105

Faculty Bio

Lei Wu
Lei Wu

Lei Wu

Associate Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3854
Email: wul@uhcl.edu
Office: D107

Faculty Bio