University of Minnesota
Master of Science in Software Engineering

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Application Procedure


Every applicant must complete the Graduate School Application, an entirely online process. You may start the Graduate School Application, save it, and return to it at a later time. In order to submit the application and be considered for enrollment you’ll need to include the application materials listed below and pay the application fee ($75 for domestic students, $95 for international students).

Application Materials

In order to apply, you need the following documentation and information. In the How to Apply section (below) you will see detailed directions on how to apply and where to include the following information.

  1. A statement of purpose: Your statement of purpose should be limited to one page, explaining your immediate and long-range occupational objectives in relation to software engineering, being specific about your particular areas of interest. Please describe your current job responsibilities, career goals, and how the MSSE program supports your success. Also include your professional experiences with software engineering. If there are any factors that have influenced your grade point average or your test scores, for example, if your educational background has generally been disadvantaged or you have a disability that has affected your performance, and you would like these factors to be considered when your application is reviewed, please explain these circumstances fully. Include titles of any articles or other publications and of any research, inventions, or other creative work that you have done.

  2. A CV or Resume: Your CV or resume should include your educational background and degrees, professional experience, any teaching or research experience, a list of papers or publications (URLs included), computer languages in which you are proficient and any other information that will advance your application.

  3. Transcripts: you will need to include an electronic copy of your unofficial transcripts in order to submit the application. When you are admitted to the program you will need to send official transcripts from all previous college coursework you’ve completed.

  4. For international students, proof of English language proficiency. See: The Graduate School’s page on English Language Proficiency.

  5. Employment Information: In the application system, include your current employer information and any other professional software development experience in “Other employment experience.”

  6. Software Experience: There is a required section in the application specific to MSSE that asks about your program and systems experience, as well as corporate sponsorship.

  7. Names and email addresses for 2 recommendations: One (1) recommendation should be from someone at your company who is familiar with your work experience and performance. One (1) may be from a current or former professor. (Submit a second professional recommendation if more applicable than a former professor). Each person you indicate will receive a link to provide feedback that is loaded directly into your application. Do not send hard copies or emails with letters attached as it will delay the process.

How To apply

Complete and submit the Graduate School Application with payment to cover the application fee. For the Graduate School Application, you must:
  1. Complete each page of the application as directed in the system (For Personal Information, Application Information, Languages, Awards & Activities (optional), Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Legal agent/privacy statement there are no MSSE-specific requirements). For pages that include MSSE-specific requirements, see below.

    • On the Educational Background page: provide information for ALL post-secondary institutions you have attended and upload unofficial transcripts for each one directly to your application. No hard copies should be faxed or mailed as this will significantly delay the processing of your application.

    • For International students only, on the Test Information - Self Reported page include your ESL exam scores (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, etc.). Official ESL exam scores should be sent to the University (click here for details). Other test scores (ex: GRE) are not required by the MSSE program.

    • Skip the Application Statements page.

    • On the Program Supplementary Information page you must submit a resume or CV (Program Supplementary Information - Resume or CV), and a personal statement (Program Supplementary Information - Description of research or work experience). See above for the information MSSE requests you include in these documents.

  2. Use the left-hand menu to complete the Software Engineering Form.

  3. Use the left-hand menu and provide names and contact information for 2 Recommendations.

  4. To complete your application, pay the fee and submit.