Software Engineering, M.Sc. | University of California, Irvine (UCI) | Irvine, United States
12 months
33619 USD/year
33619 USD/year
18517 USD/year
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The Software Engineering program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a heavily research-oriented program aimed at students with a computer science (or related) bachelor’s degree, who may or may not have been out in the workforce already, and who seek to build a strong background in software engineering.


About the Program

The Software Engineering program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is aimed toward students who seek to develop a deeper understanding of the processes, tools, and techniques involved in the creation of dependable, large-scale software systems. While not all M.S. students will choose to do a Ph.D. following their Master’s, the research focus of this program makes it ideal for those considering a Ph.D. (such as our Ph.D. Software Engineering program).

The MSSE program is designed around a set of core courses that introduces the fundamentals of software engineering, followed by a broader range of courses through which students can choose to focus their learning. Students could choose to augment their core with more computer science-oriented courses (e.g., network and distributed systems security, next generation search systems), data science courses (e.g., machine learning, data mining), end-user oriented courses (e.g., user interface design and evaluation, ubiquitous computing and interaction), or advanced software engineering courses (e.g., software architecture, software analysis and testing).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Software Engineering
  • Analysis of Programming Languages
  • Requirements Engineering and Specification
  • Software Analysis and Testing
  • Software Environments
  • Software Architecture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application fee ($120 for U.S. Citizens and lawful U.S. Permanent Residents, and $140 for all other applicants)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Three letters of recommendation are required
  • Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33619 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    33619 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18517 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18517 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 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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