The Master of Software Engineering program prepares highly-qualified candidates to work confidently with software engineering applications in business and industry.
The MEng is a course-based program for practicing software engineers and is open to candidates interested in either full- or part-time study. The MEng program enables students to apply their professional experiences and broaden their understanding of advanced software engineering and other technological concepts. Students enhance their analytic and design skills and improve their ability to present technical material in written form. The normal duration of the program is two years.
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.
Program of Study. The student, in consultation with faculty, must plan an individual program of study approved by the department graduate studies committee.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete successfully a minimum of 45 credits. Additional credits may be required in some cases.
Completion. Normally a full-time student will require six terms to complete the degree requirements.
Transfer Credits. A student may be granted credit for, in general, not more than 12 credits taken in approved graduate studies prior to his or her entry into 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. All work for a master’s/magisteriate degree for full-time students must be completed within 12 terms (4 years) from the time of initial registration in the program at Concordia University; for part-time students the time limit is 15 terms (5 years).
Courses. Students must take a minimum of 45 credits of course work consisting of 12credits of core courses (SOEN 6431, SOEN 6441, SOEN 6461), a minimum of 24 credits from Topic Areas C08 through C13, and the remaining credits from Topic Areas C01 through C13, and C16, SOEN 6971, COMP 6961 and ENCS 6931. All students are required to pass a programming competency qualifying program in addition to and as part of their regular MEng (Software Engineering) program.
Concurrent Qualifying Program. Students must take and pass a Programming Competency Test (PCT). The PCT is taken during their first term of studies after the first registration as full-time (part-time) students in the MEng (Software Engineering) program. Students who fail the PCT are required to take COMP 5481 the next time it is offered by the Department and achieve a grade of B or better. Until COMP 5481 has been successfully completed, students are only able to register for the core courses for their program. COMP 5481 counts as a course in addition to their program.
Programming Competency Test. Students take the Programming Competency Test (PCT) by registering for SOEN 6501. Students are assessed on the basis of a written test of their programming competency. The material covered in the PCT is the same as the material covered in COMP 5481. The PCT is normally administered by the Department.
Project. Students may choose to do a project as part of their program. They do so by registering for SOEN 6971.
SOEN 6971 Project and Report (4 credits). The purpose of the project report is to provide students in the MEng (Software Engineering) program with an opportunity to carry out independent project work and to present it in an acceptable form. The project may consist of the following:
A theoretical study of a software engineering problem.
A design and/or development project conducted at Concordia.
A design and/or development project conducted as part of the student’s full-time employment, providing the student’s employer furnishes written approval for the pursuit and reporting of the project.
Before registration for a project course, students must obtain written consent of a faculty member who acts as advisor for the report. A form for this consent is available in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.
A four-credit report is due on the last day of classes of the term (fall, winter, summer) in which students are registered. Students are expected to have a preliminary version of their report approved by their advisor before its final submission. On or before the submission deadline, students must submit three copies of the report to their advisor, who grades the report. One copy of the report is returned to the student, one retained by the advisor, and one by the Department.
The report, including an abstract, must be suitably documented and illustrated, should be at least 5000 words in length, must be typewritten on one side of 21.5 cm by 28 cm white paper of quality, and must be enclosed in binding. Students are referred to the latest edition of Form and Style: Thesis, Report, Term Papers by Campbell, Ballou and Slade, published by Houghton Mifflin (Academic).
Admission Requirements. Applicants to the MEng Program must hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent with high standing. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in architecture with high engineering content may also be considered for the MEng program. Such students will be required to enrol in an extended program. The Faculty Graduate Studies Committee will determine the acceptability of an applicant for admission to the program and may require an applicant to take specified undergraduate courses in order to qualify for acceptance. Qualified applicants requiring prerequisite courses may be required to take such courses in addition to their regular graduate program. Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take a qualifying program. An ability to write simple programs in a standard computer language will be assumed. Students lacking this skill will be required to register for the appropriate course. This course will be taken in addition to regular degree requirements.
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.
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.