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Software Engineering Master’s Degree M.S.S.E.

Jan. 9, 2023

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The Master of Software Engineering offered by the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering will provide you with the expertise to better understand the holistic design, development, and management processes of software applications and systems. You will learn how to identify and analyze user and client needs, while gaining the skills necessary to implement or create software-based solutions. Software Engineering is one of the most in-demand and fastest growing occupational fields in the country, with careers in any number of industries including technology, healthcare, automotive manufacturing, green energy, remote sensing, aeronautics and finance.

The online M.S.S.E. is offered and conferred by West Virginia University and hosted online through Coursera's learning platform.

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Start Date

January 9, 2023
May 15, 2023
August 16, 2023

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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Software Engineering

Program Details

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Professionals working in the information technology and computer fields can enhance their education and career possibilities by enrolling in the online master’s degree in Software Engineering program offered by the WVU Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The Software Engineering program is offered exclusively online with no on-campus classroom attendance required. The part-time online program is especially designed for the working software engineering professional, offering evening courses each week in a format that includes live discussions with the instructor and other students via the Internet. With Software Engineering being one of the fastest growing professions throughout the government and industry sectors, you will receive your education from top industry experts and executives as well as tenured research faculty in Software Engineering. 

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Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in software engineering, computer science, computer engineering or a closely related major. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 with at least a 3.0 grade point average in the major. 


PLEASE NOTE: The M.S.S.E. program is inherently a part-time program and does not satisfy visa requirements for full-time study. International students will be considered for this program to attend class in their own country using our online platform within the Western Hemisphere. Due to time-zone concerns, Eastern Hemisphere countries will be addressed in the near future.

Students seeking admission to the M.S.S.E. program must satisfy the following requirements to be considered.

All students must satisfy EITHER:

  • Submit official transcripts showing degree completion of a Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited University, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) or better.
  • Submit satisfactory scores in quantitative reasoning for the GRE General Test or Revised General Test OR submit a resume reflecting one year of software engineering experience in any industry with no GRE required.
  • Submit a resume, personal statement, and two academic or work-related references.
  • Submit official transcripts showing degree completion of a Bachelor degree in any field of study from an accredited University with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale) or better.
  • Submit a personal statement and a resume along with two letters of reference that demonstrate three years or more of software engineering experience in any industry. No GRE is required.
  • Upon entry into the program, complete SENG 505 Programming Applications with JAVA with a letter grade of ‘B’ or above. (note: the credit earned for this course does not go toward the required hours for the MSSE Degree).

Application Requirements

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Submit a resume
  • GRE scores (regular graduate students only)
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
    or electronically sent to

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Software Engineering Master’s Degree M.S.S.E. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $698.

Total Degree Cost

$20,940 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $698
3 $2,094
6 $4,188
9 $6,282

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

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