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International Accelerator Program

Software Engineering (MS)

The Master of Software Engineering degree provides instruction on the latest methodologies and research in design, analysis, development, testing and maintenance of software systems. 

Develop Your Career

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is home to more than 12 research labs and centers. As a Software Engineering student, you can work with nationally recognized faculty to conduct research and development in a variety of fundamental areas, including:

  • Agent-based computing
  • Decision-making and analysis
  • Database mining and warehousing
  • Multimedia system design and implementation
  • Parallel computer architecture
  • Cyber Security


Admission Details

Requirements Direct Master’s Accelerator Advanced Master’s Accelerator Pre-Sessional English
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5) 4.5
TOEFL® 80 (no sub-score below 18) 74 (no sub-score below 16) 50
GRE Required


Must have minimum scores of:
Verbal: 145
Quantitative: 160
Analytical Writing: 3.0
Math: 3.0
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Qualifying Undergraduate Degrees Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in computer engineering or computer science, from an accredited university.
Additional Requirements Students must have successfully passed:
  • College level computer programming course in Java or C++ 
  • College level Introduction to Computer Architecture course 
  • College level Operating Systems course 
  • College level Algorithms and Data Structures course
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Discrete Mathematics
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring Fall, Summer or Spring


Sample Coursework

  • Software Architectures
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Process
  • Software Requirements
  • Software Testing and Quality Assurance


Progression Details

MS in Software Engineering

Program Credits Earned Towards Degree Progression Requirements
Direct Master's Accelerator  9 Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program 
Advanced Master's Accelerator 

3.0 GPA with no degree course grade lower than a B

Successful completion of English language courses, Professional Development and Analytical Skills workshops, seminars and modules.

Students must take the GRE with minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0
Pre-Sessional English  Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English Program course content and approval from the Master’s Accelerator team. 

Total credits required for degree: 30


Tuition and Fees 


 Fee Direct Master's Accelerator (1 semester) Advanced Master's Accelerator (1 semester)
Tuition $14,635 $15,416
University Fees $1,317 $1,109
Health Insurance $675 $675
Total Tuition Costs $16,627 $17,200

All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.
Note: This cost is an estimate and is subject to change. Cost does not include housing and dining fees, books, or other living expenses.
*Price does not include tuition and fees following the MAP semesters. Please visit for additional information about tuition rates.
Costs may vary depending on program placement. Please check for more details.

Notes: Additional lab fees will apply for direct Master's Accelerator students based on actual courses taken.

Costs above are estimates per semester based on current tuition and fees and anticipated increases. Actual costs may vary and are subject to annual changes.

1Global Carolina fee covers all fees assessed for students (including ISS, English testing, BM fees, tech, health center, etc.).