University of Minnesota
Master of Science in Software Engineering
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Why an MSSE Degree?

Donald Sawyer - Alumni Story

Current Job:
Software Engineering Leader
Target Corporation

Donald's Story:
Donald Sawyer works in the “wilderness” of big data. Working with Target’s Business Intelligence (BI) Engineering group and often leveraging complex distributed architectures, he helps process, store, and analyze the petabytes of data Target generates daily. When Sawyer was at the University of Minnesota, he was enrolled in the Masters of Science in Software Engineering program (MSSE) focusing on growing the skills required for leading these engineering efforts.

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Advance your career with a Master of Science in Software Engineering degree. MSSE is a full-time, 2-year Master's program with a 95% graduation rate and is designed for working professionals who want to be leaders in Software Engineering.

MSSE Prospective Student Brochure for 2018

The need is clear

Software is the engine of disruption in today's economy. From Amazon's re-shaping of the retail industry to the wholesale reinvention of insurance, travel, publishing, manufacturing, and other industries, software and information technolog is now a critical, if not the critical tool, for business growth.

Often, in the workplace, that's what is needed of an engineer; good professional judgement; to assess a request and judge whether it makes sense. 'Is the request reasonable?' 'Given the constraints of my organization, can something be produced that will be acceptable to the users?' 'Do we understand the risks?' 'If yes, how could a solution be structured?' 'After all is said and done, is it a good solution?' 'Why?'

Theory and practice

The MSSE program builds these thinking skills through a solid understanding of theoretical methods, principles, and tools and an examination of fundamental software development issues and processes. Topics include requirements engineering, project management, quality assurance, and database management systems.

Acclaimed faculty with both academic and industry backgrounds provide practical perspective. Real-world problems and opportunities with software intensive systems are explored, and methods to evaluate, adopt, and take advantage of emerging technologies are learned.

MSSE students will also be working closely with fellow software professionals, completing applicable class assignments within teams. Working relationships developed will be a significant resource throughout one's career.