The Master of Applied Science program in Software Engineering prepares highly-qualified candidates to work confidently with software engineering applications in business and industry.
The MASc in Software Engineering program combines course work with a significant introduction to original research supervised by one or more faculty members. It prepares students to present their work in a thesis.
Software engineers apply engineering principles and practices to design, test, operate and maintain computer software. Graduates of the Master's program are trained to work on all aspects of the software product life cycle. They learn how to develop high-capacity computer software in a controlled, systematic and quantifiable manner and ensure it is reliable, efficient and economic.
Applicants to the MASc program must hold an undergraduate degree or graduate diploma in software engineering, computer science, or another discipline such as engineering, science, and mathematics with very high standing. Qualified applicants requiring prerequisite courses may be required to take such courses in addition to their regular graduate program.
Program of Study. A fully qualified candidate is required to complete successfully, a minimum of 45 credits. Each individual program of study must be approved by the Department.
Completion. Normally a full-time student will require six terms to complete the degree requirements.
Transfer Credits. Students may be granted transfer credits for, in general, not more than 8 credits taken in approved graduate studies prior to their entry in this program. A course submitted for transfer credit must be appropriate to the student’s program of study at Concordia University. An application for such credit will be considered only at the time of admission.
Cross-Registration. A student in the program wishing to take courses under the cross-registration scheme outlined in the graduate calendar must first obtain permission of the graduate program director.
Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements. The Department does not recommend students to register for this program on a part-time basis.
Thesis. Students must complete a 29-credit thesis as part of their degree requirements. The thesis must represent the results of the student’s independent work after admission to the program. The proposed topic for the thesis, together with a brief statement outlining the proposed method of treatment, and the arrangement made for faculty supervision must be approved by the graduate studies committee. For purposes of registration, thesis work will be designated as SOEN 7941 Master’s Research and Thesis. The thesis will be evaluated by the student’s supervisor(s), and at least two examiners appointed by the graduate studies committee, one of whom shall be external to the Department.
4. An admission offer will not be issued until a supervisor match has been made. Students are encouraged to review the list of faculty members' field of interests and directly contact those with whom you would like to work.
For initial assessment purposes, scanned and uploaded copies of documents are accepted. To finalize a file, once admitted, Concordia University will require official documents.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
Students must complete a minimum of 45 credits as shown below:
Courses. Students must complete a minimum of 16 credits of course work. A minimum of 8 credits must be chosen from Topic Areas C08 (Developments in Software Engineering) and C09 (Software Development). Any remaining credits may be chosen from any of the Topic Areas C01 through C09 and C12 (Software Development Processes and Management). A maximum of 4 credits can be chosen from computer science courses at the 6000 level marked with (*). The student’s study program must be approved by the supervisor(s) and either the Graduate Program Director or the Department Chair.
Graduate students of computer science and software engineering may apply for positions as teaching assistants within the department. All candidates must have good language skills. Learn more about Teaching Assistantships.