Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Software Engineering Management
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.
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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.
3 out of 4 Strayer Master of Science in Information Systems alumni agree that their degree was a worthwhile investment.
Strayer Alumni Survey, 2021
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Program cost breakdown
Strayer’s MSIS program consists of 12 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.
Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can 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. Strayer’s 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.
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 – including corporations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to discounted education programs. If your employer is a Corporate Alliance Partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.
Non-federal loans can help pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs.
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 Strayer’s active military assistance program here.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 from around the globe.