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Software Engineering (MEng)


Application for the winter term 24/25 has been extended to July 31.

Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning

Program overview

The MEng in Software Engineering is an advanced program in which students and IT professionals broaden their understanding of software engineering and its applications. Software engineers apply engineering principles and practices to design, test, operate and maintain computer softwares. Students in the program will enhance their analytic and design skills and improve their ability to present technical material in written form. Graduates 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 to ensure that it is reliable, efficient and financially viable. The normal duration of the program is two years, but it is also open to those interested in part-time study.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Computer Science and Software Engineering Courses page for course descriptions.

Software Engineering MEng (45 credits)


credits chosen from the Software Engineering MEng Core

Note: All core courses must be successfully completed within
the first four terms of the program.
29credits chosen from the Software Engineering MEng Electives list

Software Engineering MEng Core (16 credits)

COMP 6481 Programming and Problem Solving (4.00)
SOEN 6431 Software Comprehension and Maintenance (4.00)
SOEN 6441 Advanced Programming Practices (4.00)
SOEN 6461 Software Design Methodologies (4.00)

Software Engineering MEng Electives (29 credits)


credits minimum chosen from the following Topic Areas:

 C08 - Developments in Software Engineering  

 C09 - Software Development  

 C10 - Software Architecture and Design‌ 

 C11 - Software Maintenance and Quality  
 C12 - Software Development Processes and Management  

 C13 - Software Engineering 

Remaining credits may be chosen from the topic areas and courses listed below:

 C01 - Developments in Computer Science  

 C02 - Parallel and Distributed Systems  

 C03 - Image Processing/Pattern Recognition and Graphics C04 - Software Systems and Languages  

 C06 - Scientific Computation and Algorithms  

 C07 - Artificial Intelligence and Human-Machine Communication C08 - Developments in Software Engineering  

 C09 - Software Development  

 C10 - Software Architecture and Design  

 C11 - Software Maintenance and Quality 


 C12 - Software Development Processes and Management  


 C13 - Software Engineering  

 C16 - Cognate Disciplines‌ 




SOEN 6971 Project and Report I (4.00)
ENCS 6921 Industrial Stage and Training (4.00)

Students may select a maximum of five one-credit courses from the following: 

COMP 6961 Graduate Seminar in Computer Science (1.00)

E09 - Professional Leadership Skills    


Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or a graduate diploma in Software Engineering with very high standing. Applicants holding an undergraduate degree with very high standing in another discipline such as engineering, science, computer science or mathematics must have at least two years of experience in IT or related industry.

Proficiency in English

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines

All applicants: Canadian / International / Permanent Resident


February 1 (all applicants)


July 1 (all applicants)


January 30 (all applicants)

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $3,000 in special funding for non-thesis master's programs. Learn more

Other programs of interest

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