ICS Launches Professional Master of Software Engineering Program

NEW! UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) is pleased to announce the launch of its new and innovative Master in Software Engineering (MSE) program.

UCI MSEHoused in the Department of Informatics, and staffed by ISR faculty, the program prepares students to work in the booming software industry in California and beyond. The 5-quarter program starts by exposing students to broad topics in computing through hands-on programming, and then offers specialized software engineering courses covering how existing software is engineered and the foundational principles of the field, an internship, and a capstone project. Also embedded in the program is a pair of professional development courses that prepare students for interviews and career skills to land a job after graduation. All throughout, the program guides students through extensive practice in the design, implementation, and maintenance of software. It also prepares them for the non-technical aspects of professional careers.

The program is designed for a diverse set of students. While the program expects to admit many students with a background in Computer Science, students from majors other than Computer Science are also targeted, as well as local IT professionals whose careers would benefit from formal training in Software Engineering. Besides requiring a BS or equivalent, the second main requirement for admission is knowledge of programming in one or two programming languages, which may be acquired in a variety of ways.

The new professional MSE program will begin accepting applications in Fall 2018. The first cohort of students will start one year later, in September of 2019. Please help spread the word by encouraging suitable candidates to apply. You can also help by partnering with the MSE program for internship opportunities in your company.

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For more information and partnerships, please contact Prof. Cristina Lopes, Faculty Director of the MSE Program, at

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