M.Sc. On Campus

Software Engineering

North Dakota State University

12 months
655 USD/credit 19650 USD/year
561 USD/credit 16830 USD/year
374 USD/credit 11220 USD/year
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Software Engineering at North Dakota State University is focused on the application of systematic, disciplined, and quantifiable approaches to the development, operation, and maintenance of software systems. 


Inclusive of computer programming but going well beyond, Software Engineering is concerned with methodologies, techniques, and tools to manage the entire software life cycle, including development of requirements, specifications, design, testing, maintenance, and project management. The advent of Software Engineering is a natural result of the continuous quest for software quality and reusability, and the maturing of the software development industry.

Learning outcomes

The Department of Computer Science offers a Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering, Master of Software Engineering, Master of Science in Software Engineering, and Ph.D. in Software Engineering. The programs at North Dakota State University are designed to appeal to both full-time students and software professionals who are employed and wish to pursue a program part time. The Master of Software Engineering is a course work only program while the Master of Science in Software Engineering is a course work, comprehensive examination and research program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Software Project Planning and Estimation
  • Software Requirements Definition and Analysis
  • Software Design
  • Software Construction
  • Software Testing and Debugging
  • Empirical Methods in Software Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s level (B.S., B.A., Sc.B., etc.) degree from an educational institution of recognized standing;
  • Ability to design and implement a program consisting of several interacting classes that might total approximately 100 executable statements;
  • International Students require a minimum TOEFL ibT of 79 or an IELTS of 6.5.
  • A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA in previous coursework. Conditional admission may be given with a 2.7 or higher GPA and professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 655 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    16830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 561 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 374 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fargo

870 - 1260 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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