Computer Science: Software Engineering MS

About the MS in Software Engineering at Loyola

With a strong selection of courses in software development and software engineering, the Loyola University Chicago MS in Software Engineering can help you stand out for software engineering jobs.

Through our MS in Software Engineering, you will be well prepared to work as a software developer in a variety of programming environments, including website development, mobile development, systems programming, and machine learning.

The master's program is open to all students interested in software engineering regardless of their undergraduate degree and is well suited for those without a programming or related background who want to transition into a computer science related career. With small class sizes of 20 to 30 students, you will have extensive opportunities to interact directly with Loyola's industry-experienced faculty.

Program Structure

The MS in Software Engineering can be pursued full-time or part-time. Classes are held online or at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, conveniently located on Chicago's North Side and a short train ride away from downtown.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your MS in Software Engineering?

STEM-designated graduate degree

Distinguish yourself with a STEM-designated master’s degree. International students: Our STEM designation allows you to extend your training in the U.S. for up to 36 months.

You will learn from faculty members who work in the business world and bring real-world programs and solutions to their classrooms.

You will benefit from leading-edge laboratory facilities, including Windows and Linux development labs, and a wireless interaction area.

Prepare for the challenging, ever-changing world of software engineering through our systematic methodology approach that teaches you how to think, not what to think.

Loyola’s MS in Software Engineering offers a wide base of study so you are prepared for a long, fulfilling (and lucrative) career as a software developer.

You can receive up to 6 credit hours, replacing two Loyola courses, for graduate work completed elsewhere.

Computer Science Department

The Department of Computer Science offers an education that builds skills and careers by starting with projects that require you to use your head, not repeat lessons from a textbook. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Computer Science: Software Engineering MS program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Computer Science: Software Engineering MS program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Computer Science: Software Engineering MS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Computer Science: Software Engineering MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Computer Science: Software Engineering MS totals $33750.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $1,125.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Information about funding opportunities within The Graduate School can be found on The Graduate School website.

Visit and Connect With Us

Take advantage of a variety of different visit opportunities to find your place in our Loyola community. Loyola offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Computer Science: Software Engineering MS are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Fall: Rolling applications
Consideration for funding: February 15th
Spring: Rolling applications
Consideration for funding: September 15th

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Computer Science: Software Engineering MS include:

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Personal Statement

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

Additional Details

For general information and a step-by-step guide to applying for graduate and professional study, please visit our Admission Process page.

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