Software Engineering Overview

MS in ECE with a concentration in Software Engineering

  • Software Engineering Overview

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The Option III Software Engineering Program is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and is tailored to meet the demanding schedule of working professionals.

Our master's degree program provides students with the knowledge and skills to deliver robust, advanced, on-time, and in-budget software systems for their organization.

The program’s curriculum provides students with the ability to better analyze and design software systems through course offerings such as software requirements, architectural design, verification and validation, as well as security networks and the technology utilized to enhance these software engineering systems.

Why Software Engineering at UT - Austin

Here at The University of Texas at Austin we take pride in our world-renowned professors who work to teach students in a collaborative environment giving them the skills they need to tackle real world problems in ways that no other institution can match. The Cockrell School of Engineering is ranked among the nation’s top 10 engineering programs and is the number one ranked engineering program in the state of Texas. Located in the heart of Austin, UT is surrounded by an environment that encourages creativity and innovation. Students here have opportunities to attend conferences that make an impact on a global scale, join student organizations and get involved in other events that UT and the City of Austin have to offer. A Master’s Degree from UT will enhance your skills in the marketplace, prepare you for new careers and challenges and spark your desire to discover.

Dean Wood, Cockrell School of Engineering

“The Cockrell School of Engineering’s Center for Lifelong Engineering Education continues to inspire and advance the professional growth of engineers worldwide. Leading practitioners and internationally-renowned faculty provide results-based learning that is immediately applicable in the workplace.”
- Dean Wood, Cockrell School of Engineering


  • Tailored for busy schedules
  • Two-year program provides the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree while working full-time
  • Graduates receive the same Master of Science Engineering Degree awarded by the traditional, full-time graduate program.
  • Courses taught by top-ranked Cockrell School of Engineering faculty.
  • Acquire the knowledge and tools to deliver robust-advanced, on-time, and in-budget software systems
  • Design, construct, analyze, test, deploy, and maintain software systems using state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice methods and tools.
  • Learn key proficiencies in current and emerging software system technology and gain the ability to better manage software projects

Industry Highlights

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for engineering managers will grow 8% by 2018, leading to increased opportunities in industries such as aerospace, defense, transportation, energy, and biomedical engineering.
  • According to the American Society for Engineering Education, more than 41,000 engineering master’s degrees were awarded during 2008-09, up 6.8% from the prior year. This trend shows no signs of slowing down. The enrollment for 2009-10 rose another 7%.

Who Should Apply

All students interested in applying for graduate study in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin must meet the admission requirements established by the University’s Office of Graduate Studies and the Cockrell School of Engineering. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution.

Speak with our Admissions Expert

For additional information on our graduate master's degree programs, please contact Murray Altman-Kaough at 512.232.5169 or Greg Whitworth at 512.475.7025.

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UT Austin's Center for Lifelong Engineering Education (CLEE), provides results-based Master's Programs and professional development courses for busy working engineers world-wide.

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