In today’s technology driven world, software is the building material of choice. Software engineers are the people behind the latest devices – the friendly smartphone in your hand, the GPS in your car, or the iPad in your office.

To develop the software, organizations need people who are not only technical, but also innovative and creative---people who can think outside the box.

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing, and nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices.”

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Apple

At Stevens, we understand that to build the next generation of skilled and innovative software architects we need to look beyond traditional engineers and scientific minds. We know that non-engineers, majors from diverse undergraduate liberal arts backgrounds will be fundamental in helping to create future innovations by bringing a fresh perspective, a humanistic touch and a novel approach to the software development process. We know diverse teams foster creativity.

The School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens offers a master’s in software engineering to academically talented students with an undergraduate degree in liberal arts. Students will need to have quantitative abilities. Building upon the existing master’s degree in software engineering for traditional engineering students, the liberal arts track is expanded to incorporate elements that support a smooth transition from liberal arts to software engineering, and empowers students with technical skills- to become builders of the 21st century.

The degree consists of 10 courses, a summer bridge program, a recommended second summer internship, with a part-time option for the final two courses, allowing students to work fulltime while attending Stevens in the evening.

Required Core Courses

  • SSW 540 Fundamentals of Software Engineering
  • SSW 564 Software Requirements Engineering
  • SSW 565 Software Architecture and Component-Based Design
  • SSW 555 Agile Development Methods
  • SSW 567 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • SSW 533 Software Estimation and Measurement
  • SSW 690 Software Engineering Studio

Program Highlights

  • Formal computing background not required
  • Scholarships and financial aid for qualified applicants (Full-time domestic students admitted in the program are eligible for the $5000 per semester Stevens - NSF scholarship. Students must have quantitative skills evidenced by GRE scores and GPA in STEM undergraduate courses, be U.S. citizens and require financial assistance)
  • Practice-ready curriculum anchored in real world problems
  • Flexible learning options - on-campus or highly interactive e-Learning method designed to challenge and engage students, while remaining convenient for working professionals
  • Minutes from New York City, the world's financial hub and home to thousands of tech companies
  • Internships and graduate placements at major institutions: Accenture, AT&T, Cisco, IBM and Verizon
  • Faculty with significant industrial experience

For more information on the program and scholarship, email [email protected].