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Department of Computer Science
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Master of Software Engineering

The Master of Software Engineering (MSE) degree program covers the application of engineering principles to the building of computer software. The field covers the theories, tools and methods for systematic representation, design, verification, development, production, validation and maintenance of software products including programs, prototypes, documentation, user interfaces, training and evaluation. 

All courses needed for the degree are available online to students residing both in and out of the United States. International students interested in this program must contact the Department of Computing and Information Sciences for admission before taking classes. Students never need to come to campus for any course work. 

Careers in Software Engineering  

The techniques of software engineering are not only applicable to computer systems software, but also benefit software developed for all disciplines. Career opportunities include positions in:

  • transportation
  • medicine
  • communication
  • education
  • entertainment
  • infrastructure systems
  • manufacturing systems
  • marketing
  • space exploration
  • homeland security
  • food supply systems 

K-State compiles post-graduation employment information. That information and other career assistance information can be found on the K-State Career Center website.


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Master of Software Engineering degree is offered through the Department of Computer Science in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. The department's undergraduate programs are accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB). CSAB is the lead society within the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, and software engineering, and is a cooperating society for accreditation of computer engineering. The same engineering faculty are fully engaged in the high-quality graduate programs.

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Quick Facts

Degree: Master of Software Engineering
College: Engineering
Credits: 33
Course delivery: Online
Tuition per credit hour: $863.90

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