Concordia University

Software Engineering MASc

Admission Requirements

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.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. 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.

  2. Completion. Normally a full-time student will require six terms to complete the degree requirements.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


Students must complete a minimum of 45 credits as shown below:

  1. Courses. Students must complete a minimum of 16 credits of course work. A minimum of 8 credits must be chosen from Topic Areas C08 through C13. Any remaining credits may be chosen from any of the Topic Areas C01 through C07, and C16. 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.

  2. Thesis. 29 credits.
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