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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.

With this degree, you can choose from four optional specializations:

  • Gaming
  • Robotics Software
  • Software Project Management
  • Data Mining
We also offer this program in the traditional face-to-face classroom setting and fully online.


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Admission Requirements

Take your education to new heights in University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Science and Engineering. Learn the next steps to being admitted now.


  • 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
    Find out if you meet program requirements using the Program Qualification Estimator.


Degree Requirements

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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Former UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Former UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Former UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information go to How to Apply. Check the status of your application online through E-Services using your UHCL student ID. 

The UHCL applications is available online through www.applytexas.org. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester. 

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and former UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply. 

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines. 


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

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

*International freshmen applicants 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

About UHCL

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Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-212-1611

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Software Engineering M.S. Faculty

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 106

Soma Datta Faculty Bio

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

James Carlton Helm Faculty Bio

S. Andrews White
Sharon Andrews

Sharon Andrews White

Program Chair and Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

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

Sharon Andrews White Faculty Bio