Led by Professors Barry Boehm and Ellis Horowitz, the USC Computer Science Department's program in Software Engineering offers an exciting set of graduate research and educational opportunities. Supplemented by contracts and grants from ARPA, Army Research Laboratories, Air Force Rome Laboratories, and the world's largest Industrial Affiliates' program in software engineering, USC is pursuing advanced research in such areas as software requirements engineering, architectures, process modeling, cost modeling, environments, groupware, and knowledge-based software engineering.
The resulting state-of-the-art research and its context are transitioned into the USC Master of Science in Computer Science with specialization in Software Engineering (MSCS-SE) degree program. Its courses provide students with a mastery of the USC WinWin Spiral Model; the USC WinWin groupware environment for collaborative requirements engineering and related CASE tools; the SEI Capability Maturity Model; leading industry and university tools and research in software architectures; software metrics, planning, and control based on the USC COCOMO® family of models and tools; Mills' Cleanroom approach; and team development of production-grade software packages.
The MSCS-SE degree program also includes elective courses, enabling students to integrate the software engineering specialization with the Department's other software strengths in user/multimedia engineering, operating systems, database systems, networking, high performance computing, and artificial intelligence.
Degree requirements include core courses in Software Engineering I and II, Computer Systems Architecture, and an Advanced Software Engineering Project course; three additional courses selected from six other mainstream software courses; plus the general master's requirements. A total of 27 semester units is required (normally 9 courses). There are no thesis or comprehensive exam requirements for the degree.
Two continuing Ph.D. research fellowships in Software Engineering are available each year for particularly outstanding applicants. The Ph.D. application requirements are similar to those for the MSCSSE.
Admissions decisions are based on the applicant's submission of academic transcripts, GRE results, TOEFL results (for international students), letters of recommendation, and an essay on the applicant's scholarly and professional ambitions. A BA/BS degree with substantial background in computing is required. Industrial experience in software engineering is preferred but not required.
Applications should be received by June 1 and October 1 for admission to the next Fall or Spring semesters, respectively.
For further information or to obtain application material about our Master's Program, please email or write to:
Master of Science in Computer Science-SE
Computer Science Department
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781
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