Design and implement the future as a software engineer.

Our Master of Science in Software Engineering program prepares students for one of the fastest growing career fields in America. Offered online and on campus in eight-week terms.
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Why should I study software engineering?

Though software engineering is a relatively new discipline, it is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 100 Best Jobs.  Why? Software engineers are needed in virtually every industry at every level.

Software engineering is much more than designing and developing applications. As our machines, homes and cities become more equipped with sensors, transmitters and communication systems, software engineers help us connect the bots in fun and creative ways. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 24 percent growth in the field by 2026, which makes software engineering one of the fastest growing career fields in America.

Is software engineering for me?

Software engineering requires an ability to design and implement creative solutions. It often requires long hours in front of a computer screen. But the trade-off is you’ll earn a high salary to work on some very cool projects; like building video games or even designing military-grade applications for satellites and lasers.

What types of people are attracted to the M.S. in Software Engineering program at Regis University? You’re likely to share common traits such as:

  • A knack for solving problems
  • High motivation
  • The ability to learn quickly
  • An insatiable curiosity about how things work
  • A love of puzzles
  • Creative thinking
  • Great team-working skills

 A master’s degree will prepare you for in-demand career opportunities like:

  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Application Designer
  • Custom Software Developer
  • Information Architect
  • Full Stack Developer
  • Other complex and highly skilled positions in business

What will I learn in Regis’ M.S. in Software Engineering program?

Our Software Engineering program educates students on the various disciplines associated with modern software engineering. In particular, the 36 credit-hour degree provides students with:

  • Knowledge of the specification, architecture, design, implementation, testing and security of applications
  • Mastery of industry best-practices behind user-driven requirements
  • First-hand experience with architecture-centric design
  • In-depth knowledge of Agile iterative/incremental process
  • The use of layered architectures, design patterns and application frameworks
  • Advanced understanding of Java™, C# and Swift, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS languages
  • Development of web applications and Android and iOS apps
  • Deployment platforms for desktop, server, web and mobile environments  

Is Regis’ Software Engineering program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

What class formats are available?

Our M.S. in Software Engineering degree requires just 36 credit-hours and is offered on campus, online, or in a blended format.

The convenience of our online software engineering courses let you work and attend school at the same time, which means you can work toward your degree without sacrificing your paycheck. Our on-campus and blended format courses are taught one night a week from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

When do software engineering classes start at Regis University?

New cohorts will start in the following 8 week terms;

  • January
  • May
  • August

If you are required to complete the pre-requisite course, start options include;

  • March
  • July
  • October

**Campus-based classes are offered for this program starting in August each year as a “cohort” model in which you progress through the program with the same group of students in campus-based classes versus taking classes online. Campus based cohort classes are offered at our Denver Tech Center (DTC) campus. Our DTC campus is located off 1-25 and Arapahoe Road. For more information about the DTC campus, click here.

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with a software engineering degree?

With an M.S. in Software Engineering, you’ll be prepared for a variety of roles in nearly any industry, wherever your passions lie. You’ll develop skills to work alongside business, technology and development teams, coming together to create solutions. Commonly held titles include:

  • Sr. Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Full Stack Developer
  • Sr. Technical Consultant
  • Test Manager
  • Project Manager IT

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with an M.S. in Software Engineering degree?

Salary numbers for software engineering jobs vary by title and experience. Below are ranges for some common job titles for Regis graduates with varying experience and salary levels. All salary information is via*.

  • Software Engineer: $79,357
  • Project Manager IT: $84,797
  • Test Manager: $89,857
  • Sr. Software Engineer: $94,083
  • Software Development Manager: $116,657

*Salary data from spring 2016.

Program Requirements

Pre-Requisite (3 hours) 
MSC 501 Object-Oriented Programming in Java (if required)
Core Courses (18 credit hours)
MSSE 600
Object-Oriented Software Engineering
MSSE 610 
Software Requirements and Process
MSSE 635
Software Architecture & Design
MSSE 640
Software Quality and Test
MSSE 642
Software Assurance
MSSE 695
Software Engineering Research Methods
Software Engineering Tracks (9 credit hours)
Select one of the following track options:
Enterprise Software Engineering Track:
MSSE 670 Java Software Development
MSSE 672 Advanced Java Software Development
MSSE 674 Enterprise Java Software Development
Full Stack Track:
MSSE 661 Web Software Development 
MSSE 663 Web Frameworks
MSSE 665 Web Visualization Frameworks 
Mobile Development Track:
MSSE 670 Java Software Development
MSSE 655 Android Software Development
MSSE 650 iOS Software Development
Electives (6 credit hours)
Select two courses from the following CC&IS degrees:
Data Science
Enterprise Systems Engineering
Information and Cyber Security
Information Technology Management 
Software Engineering
Degree Completion Requirement (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following courses:
MSSE 692 Software Engineering Practicum I 
MSCC 693 Graduate Capstone
MSCC 698  Graduate Thesis 
MSSE 696  Software Engineering Practicum II* 
*MSSE 692 is a prerequisite to MSSE 696. 
Total Degree Requirements = 36 credit hours

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Admission Criteria

The Master of Science in Software Engineering degree requires students to have sufficient knowledge and/or experience in database application, Java programming, computer networking and systems analysis and design. Three or more years of relevant work experience OR a bachelor’s degree within the past two years in a relevant computer information sciences field is required.

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree either from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another nation equivalent to a U.S. regionally accredited bachelor’s degree.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcripts either from a U.S.regionally accredited institution or recognized institution in another nation. Official transcripts must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the Office of Admissions. You can download a transcript request form here.
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard
      Mail Code: A-12
      Denver, CO 80221-1099

    Electronic transcripts may be sent to

  • Admissions essay (Career Goal Statement).  Instructions to upload your completed statement are included in the online application.
  • Current resume
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Admissions Eligibility

All completed applications for admissions will be reviewed. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is recommended. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 and/or those applicant who do not meet the work experience requirement and/or those without sufficient experience in the Java programming language will be considered on an individual basis and will be required to take one 500-level foundational course (3 credits) prior to beginning their 600-level graduate program coursework. A grade of “B” or better must be achieved in the 500-level foundational course to continue progressing through the 600-level graduate program coursework. View the academic calendar to view start dates.

Your application file, including all required documents, must be completed to be considered for admission. Keep in mind that classes can reach capacity, so you are encouraged to apply now for admission consideration.

International Applicants

All completed application materials should be submitted at least six to eight weeks in advance of your intended start date. It takes longer to process international applications. Visit the academic calendar here.

Schedule a one on one appointment with an Admissions Counselor at the DTC Campus. Click here to select an appointment.


Visit our Cost of Tuition page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the M.S. in Software Engineering program.