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Software Engineering

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This program will not be accepting applications for spring 2021 and beyond.

Texas State’s Department of Computer Science is known for cutting-edge curricula that closely track current developments in computing, a dedicated faculty, and well-equipped, remotely accessible laboratory facilities. Combined, these elements provide students with hands-on experience while implementing classroom concepts, providing the specialized training graduates need to land the best jobs.

This program provides students with knowledge and skills to gain an edge in the software engineering job market.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Wuxu Peng
Comal (CMAL), Room 309B

Advisor Support
Karen Hollensbe
Comal (CMAL), Room 211B

“Throughout all of my time as a software engineering student, I am especially happy and proud to be a graduate student here at Texas State University. In my study and research, I received remarkable guidance and support from the university, from the department and from our professors.”

— Junye Wen, M.S. ’17, current Computer Science Ph.D. student

Course Work

Students choose either a thesis or non-thesis track and work toward a master of science (M.S.) degree in software engineering. With the 30-hour thesis option, students complete graduate-level core courses, computer science electives, and a thesis. The 36-hour non-thesis option requires students to complete graduate-level core courses and computer science electives. The curriculum covers software engineering concepts, as well as the technical skills graduates need to develop software.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. 30 Thesis No minor
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Texas State Round Rock Campus
This program can be completed in Round Rock, though taking courses in both San Marcos and Round Rock will result in quicker degree completion.

The department accommodates working professionals by offering flexible course scheduling options with classes available during the evenings and on the Round Rock campus.

Program Mission

The mission of the Department of Computer Science is to advance the knowledge of computer science and technology through education, research, and service for the betterment of industry, government, and society. The department seeks to expand its depth and breadth in the research and study of applied computing and strives to provide graduate students with strong technical backgrounds and communication skills.

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Program Faculty

The department currently has both tenured and tenure-track faculty members actively pursuing research in artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computer communication and networking, cybersecurity and trustworthy computing, database and information systems, distributed and parallel computing, high-performance computing, human-computer interaction, image retrieval, multimedia computing, software engineering, green/sustainable computing, and social computing. Faculty research has received federal and industry funding support from NSF, NIST, DoD, DoE, IBM, Intel, and more. The faculty has obtained prestigious awards like NSF CAREER awards and IBM and Google Faculty Fellowships.

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Career Options

Master of science in software engineering graduates pursue careers in technical software development and maintenance as well as system analysis and management. The majority of graduates, about 60%, work in private companies like Google, Amazon, Intel, IBM, and Dell; about 30% of graduates work in various city, state, and federal agencies; and about 10% go on to pursue doctoral degrees.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission


Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work

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GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections

  The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

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  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

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Additional Information

  Diagnostic Interview
If you are accepted to the program, you will participate in a diagnostic interview with the graduate advisor. This interview will include a review of test scores, grades, and work history. In some cases, additional courses may be added to your degree program.