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Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Software Engineering Management


12 master's courses
11 weeks long
$ 2490
Cost per course
Online program
Earn your degree on your terms.

Why earn a degree in software engineering management from Strayer?

Designing, testing, adapting and implementing software is a major commitment, requiring clear management to ensure success. With an online MS in Information Systems, Software Engineering Management concentration, you can learn the skills you need to help direct a team through every stage of the development process.

Summer classes start July 1

Build your software engineering skills

Apply strategic skills to become software savvy. Go deep into the research and modeling stages of software engineering and explore the entire software lifecycle, testing procedures and requirements gathering techniques. Gain an understanding of how management and leadership guide the work of software development. Study software development methods and processes as well as techniques used in software project management.

Is an MSIS in software engineering good to have? It depends on what you learn.

  • Understand the software development lifecycle.
  • Master a structural view of the Unified Modeling Language (UML).
  • Develop a software engineering plan to address and solve a proposed business problem.
  • Explain and analyze earned value reporting in software projects.
  • Develop a structural view of systems with the UML.

Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter. In general, Strayer University aims to keep the student-to-instructor ratio low.

How long does it take to get a software engineering master’s degree?

  • There are 12 11-week courses in this program.
  • How many courses you take at a time will determine how long the overall program will be.
  • Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours.
  • One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course.
  • The standard requirement for one course is for students to spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work.

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Strayer University has distinct accreditations and affiliations that attest to our academic quality. We're committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn a diploma you're proud to display. View the ACBSP student achievement information.

Estimate the cost of your degree

How much does an MSIS in Software Engineering Management cost?

The cost of an MS in IS depends on a number of factors, including the price per course, the purchase of textbooks, and the scholarships and financial aid available to you. Read on for a breakdown of the costs, as well as money-saving opportunities associated with the program.

Estimate the cost of your degree

How much does an MSIS in Software Engineering Management cost?

The cost of an MS in IS depends on a number of factors, including the price per course, the purchase of textbooks, and the scholarships and financial aid available to you. Read on for a breakdown of the costs, as well as money-saving opportunities associated with the program.

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Program cost breakdown

The MSISA program consists of 10 courses, with the price of $2,490 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term and a one-time $150 degree conferral fee.

Transfer credits

Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can help reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to four classes toward your master’s degree. The Strayer transfer credit page has more information as well as a tool to estimate how many transfer credits you may be able to apply to your Strayer degree program.

Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in North Carolina or Pennsylvania may transfer up to four classes

Scholarships and financial aid

There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Stafford loans are available for graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up, reducing your end cost.

There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.

More than 500 organizations invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to tuition savings and other eductional benefits. If your employer is a corporate partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.

Private loans

Non-federal loans may pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs. The terms and conditions of federal loans are often more favorable than private loans and should be considered before exploring private loans.

Military tuition assistance

Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military, as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about the Strayer University active military assistance program here.

Veteran benefits

In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.

What coursework do you need to specialize in software engineering?

The online courses in our software engineering management master’s program can give you a combination of tech and team skills any organization would appreciate and value. View all courses.

All MSIS students take a set list of required courses. The remaining credits come from their choice of concentration.

Required MSIS courses

CIS 518 - Advanced Software Engineering

This course provides advanced concepts describing the management, research and modeling of software engineering practices. Topics include the software lifecycle to include planning, managing, testing and requirements gathering techniques that create or improve software products and processes.

CIS 554 - IT Project Leadership Strategies

This course examines the techniques and frameworks in managing teams and leading software development projects. Students will be presented with the methods, tools and techniques of software project management with emphasis on leadership qualities.

CIS 555 - Requirements Engineering

This course addresses the processes for eliciting and developing systematic user requirements and modeling techniques to develop computing systems. Topics include structural models, functional models and integrated systems models based on explicit requirements techniques.

CIS 510 - Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

This course provides an integrated approach to system analysis and design processes. Students will explore advanced topics to evaluate and select system development methodologies and design system solutions. The role of effective interpersonal communication techniques and integration practices with users and user systems is emphasized.

CIS 515 - Strategic Planning for Database Systems

This course covers the concepts, issues, principles and techniques for managing organizational data resources. Topics include the strategic information requirements of organizations, modeling those requirements using conceptual data modeling techniques, verifying the structural characteristics with normalization and converting the conceptual data models into physical databases. Emphasis will be placed on the application and strategic use of database systems.

CIS 599 - Graduate Information Systems Capstone

This course is an integrative capstone course for the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Students will examine and address real-world projects and problems and apply project management techniques to create practical solutions. The course takes an integrative and senior management approach to address the integration of a broad range of technologies inclusive of databases, security, networking, computer infrastructure and human computer interaction.

What can you do with an MSIS, Software Engineering Management degree?

Your education can help you pursue your professional and personal goals. While Strayer cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore the potential impact you can have in the information systems field.

Versatile skills for your future

The software engineering management concentration can provide the skills to help you guide the work of software development throughout the process.

In addition, students who complete this concentration will be prepared to:

  • Examine data to assess, suggest and plan the installation of a new system or modifications to an existing one.
  • Evaluate software requirements and user needs to determine if it’s possible to design within time and cost limitations.
  • Discuss the status of current projects, new proposals or more technical challenges with customers and other departments.
  • Set standards for system performance.
  • Collect, manipulate and save data for analyzing system capabilities and requirements.
  • Write and revise programs with the help of workflow charts and diagrams and subject matter knowledge.
  • Improve operational efficiency by modifying, repairing or expanding computer programs.
  • Write and update computer programs or software packages that perform specific tasks, like inventory tracking, data storage or equipment control.
  • Create comprehensive workflow charts and diagrams detailing input, output and logical operations.
  • Document program development and subsequent revisions with descriptive comments in the code so others can understand how the program works.
  • Support computer operators or system analysts in identifying and resolving issues with computer programs.
  • Conduct systems analyses and programming activities to manage computer systems software use.
  • Create guides or manuals for end users.
  • Assign tasks to programming staff and review their work.
  • Teach others how to use different computer programs.


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MSIS admission requirements

Before you can pursue your master’s degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university. 

A completed application and enrollment agreement, as applicable

Proof of a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 out of 4.0

Official copies of transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended

A valid, current and legible government-issued photo identification

Learn more about the admission process at Strayer.

Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.

Transferring to Strayer from another university?

Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.

International MSIS students

We welcome international students.

Campus locations

Come to a campus near you for guidance and support. You’ll have access to helpful resources, a supportive community and plenty of spaces to learn and grow.

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Your admissions officer is here to guide you through every step of the process, from completing your application to choosing your concentration.