M.S. in Software Engineering (Prior to Fall 2021)


If you declared your major during or after to Fall 2021, please follow the M.S. in Software Engineering page.


The M.S. in Software Engineering caters to students interested in software engineering and also other contemporary topics of long-term value to the industry. Most early careers in the industry are based on either software development or managerial aspects of software development. This degree places more weight on software development. For those seeking a greater focus on managerial aspects, we offer the M.S. in Information Technology.


Most students complete the program full-time, taking mostly face-to-face courses.


Students who have taken undergraduate Loyola classes:

Many 400-level courses in the department have closely related 300-level analogues, e.g. COMP 443: Computer Networks and COMP 343: Computer Networks. Students who enter the MS program after taking a Loyola course in this category must choose to take 400-level courses that are not closely related to any 300-level courses taken earlier, unless they have GPD permission.

Overall, to achieve depth and breadth, Software Engineering students must complete the following:

  • Two (2) required courses addressing ethical and social issues in the computing field and a firm base in object-oriented programming

  • Three (3) courses from restricted categories to ensure a strong software engineering center, while still allowing a considerable the flexibility of interests

  • Five (5) courses or 15 credits that are general electives

Major Requirements

Restricted Electives (9 credits)

MSSE students must take at least one course from the following Group 1 list:

Group 1


Special prereq, COMP 460: Algorithms and Complexity.

Most of these Group 1 courses require COMP 413: Intermediate Object-Oriented Development as a prerequisite. Exceptions are Comp 424, 474, and 460.

MSSE students must also take two additional courses from either the list above or the following Group 2 list:

Group 2

If a student enters the program with an academic record of success in a a course similar to COMP 413: Intermediate Object-Oriented Development, or if the student can demonstrate programming experience with the concepts of COMP 413: Intermediate Object-Oriented Development, then the Graduate Program Director may substitute for the COMP 413: Intermediate Object-Oriented Development requirement a course in Group 1 or 2 that has COMP 413: Intermediate Object-Oriented Development as a prerequisite. The Computer Science department may declare that other courses (eg new courses and individual COMP 488: Topics in Computer Science offerings) may count as members of either Group 1 or Group 2.

General Electives (15 Credits)

The elective course options are common for all programs, differing only in the total number of credits required.

Electives can be any COMP 400 level class.

Students may take up to a maximum of 6 credit hours of COMP 490: Independent Project and/or COMP 499: Internship.

There are numerous options for independent study, including a programming project, research, or a service-oriented project.