What Are the Top Schools for a Master's Degree in Software Engineering Management?

While programs specifically in software engineering management are not common, many software engineering programs include management coursework. Continue reading to learn about software engineering programs offered by universities with highly ranked engineering schools. Schools offering Software Development & Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Software Engineering Management School

When searching for a software engineering management master's program, it's important to consider your available time and the way in which each program's curriculum is structured. Many programs offer online, hybrid, or part-time formats for working professionals. Additionally, programs may have different focuses, with some programs focused more on engineering and others with a balanced curriculum between engineering and management.

Three Top Software Engineering Schools

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

CMU's Master of Science in Information Technology - Software Engineering Management program is offered by its computer science and engineering schools, both of which were ranked among the top five in the country by U.S. News & World Report as of 2019. Because this program is geared toward working professionals, you'll need a minimum of five years of relevant work experience to be admitted. Courses are largely delivered online and allow you to hone your decision-making and organizational design skills as well as your knowledge of software systems architecture. You can also complete a capstone project that demonstrates your understanding of the software design and development process. Available related degree programs include:

  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Software Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Software Engineering
  • Master of Software Engineering
  • Master of Software Engineering/Masters in Business Administration

University of Texas at Austin

UT - Austin's engineering school received an 11th place ranking from U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and offers a part-time electrical and computer engineering master's degree program with a software engineering concentration. Coursework covers such topics as data engineering, advanced programming, mobile computing, communication networks and microcontroller systems. You can also take a program management course to study the processes involved in software system development. UT also offers a Software Project Management Certificate Program for current professionals looking to expand their management skills.

  • Option III Master's in Software Engineering
  • Software Project Management Certificate

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

As U.S. News & World Report's 9th ranked engineering school for 2019, USC offers a Master of Science in Computer Science with a specialization in software engineering. Coursework for this program is designed to develop your management skills alongside your systems engineering and software development abilities. Classes are available on campus and online and cover such topics as software management, algorithms analysis and software architecture. You can also get hands-on experience through class projects and evaluation assignments.

  • Master of Science in Computer Science with Specialization in Software Engineering

More Schools with Software Engineering Graduate Programs

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Arizona State University-Polytechnic 4-year, Public Mesa, AZ$12,000
Boston University 4-year, Private Boston, MA$53,000
Cleveland State University 4-year, Public Cleveland, OH$10,000
East Carolina University 4-year, Public Greenville, NC$7,000
George Mason University4-year, Public Fairfax, VA$15,000
Harvard University 4-year, Private Cambridge, MA$47,500
Northeastern University 4-year, Private Boston, MA$24,000
San Jose State University 4-year, Public San Jose, CA$9,000
Texas Tech University 4-year, Public Lubbock, TX$8,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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