Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Science in Software Engineering


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Software Engineering

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The M.S. in Software Engineering caters to students interested in software engineering and also other contemporary topics of long-term value to the industry. Most early careers in the industry are based on either software development or managerial aspects of software development. This degree places more weight on software development. For those seeking a greater focus on managerial aspects, we offer the M.S. in Information Technology.


This program is for students entering the program in Spring 2014 or later. If you were enrolled in the program prior to Spring 2014 you may use the older degree requirements located at here.

Features Common to all Programs

  • See the Masters Programs Prerequisites.
  • Each program requires a total of 30 credit hours, generally 10 three-credit courses.
  • Students can receive up to 6 credit hours (replacing two of our courses) for graduate work taken elsewhere: See the transfer credit section of the Graduate Student Handbook for details.
  • Students who have taken undergraduate Loyola classes: Many 400-level courses in the department have closely related 300-level analogues, e.g. COMP 443: Computer Networks and COMP 343: Introduction to Computer Networks. Students who enter the MS program after taking a Loyola course in this category must choose to take 400-level courses that are not closely related to any 300-level courses taken earlier, unless they have GPD permission.

Overall, to achieve depth and breadth, Software Engineering students must complete the following:

  • Two (2) required courses addressing ethical and social issues in the computing field and a firm base in object oriented programming.
  • Three (3) courses from restricted categories to ensure a strong software engineering center, while still allowing a considerable flexibility of interests.
  • Five (5) courses or 15 credits that are general electives.

Here are some possible career paths:

  • Cyber Security Analyst/Network Security Administrator
  • Web Developer / User Experience Designer
  • Video Game Developer
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Enterprise Architect


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: No standardized test requirement English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: None Prerequisite Requirements: Completion of course work equivalent to: COMP 170, COMP 271, and COMP 264. Admitted students may take these courses as part of their graduate course work.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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