Computer Systems Engineering with Concentration in Software Design Engineering, MSCSE


Kal Bugrara, PhD
Senior Program Director

Dana Hall 5th Floor

Our computer systems engineering program takes a sociotechnical, engineering approach to software. This engineering foundation is designed to enable students to embrace real-world complexity as a golden opportunity, especially for the more technically advanced student. We are committed to shaping our students to be intuitive problem solvers, experienced engineering architects, and result leaders who will have a great impact at the exciting three-way intersection of computer science, engineering, and ethics.

Our program offers a multitude of courses in big-data engineering and analytics in addition to supplementary courses that are required to deliver the data-analytics results in a meaningful way to management. We cover data management, advanced data management, business intelligence, column databases, data science, and big-data engineering. We offer advanced functional programming using the powerful Scala language and a course on advanced data science as well as cloud computing. Multi-thread concurrent computing is also offered as it is important for synchronizing a huge set of servers working in parallel to do large-scale analytics to make things run faster by a hundredfold increase in speed. Due to the high-level mathematical operations required to run these programs, only software engineers have the capacity to work in such complicated areas. Only they can make the necessary mathematical algorithms execute quickly enough to get the finest results.

Our engineers become fluent in data science for the sake of building the actual system. They study how to write machine-learning algorithms on top of statistical packages.

  • Students study the fundamentals of logical computing formulation and program construction as well as the mathematical modeling and analysis of algorithms—an essential aspect of data science analytics.
  • Students study clustering techniques, along with topic modeling and classification and logical regression techniques, as well as Bayesian statistics.
  • Students study how to configure and operate a Hadoop environment (large clusters of commodity hardware) and in the process how to integrate data from diverse sources, to move and manage data through big-data platforms (in-house or in the cloud).  Data ingestion, the filtering and firing of millions of operations to run over large clusters of commodity hardware, is a software-engineering technique that we teach our students how to perform through Scala, multi-threading, Spark programming, and “map-reduce” techniques.
  • We show students how to make the business case for analytics projects and how to follow an execution road map that involves understanding the architectures underpinning such gigantic platforms as well as the resourcing and cost issues.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 32 semester hours must be earned toward completion of the Master of Science in Computer Systems Engineering degree. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000 is required in all courses applied toward the degree.

The program does not accept any transfer credit. All 32 credits must be completed from the IS and CSYE program course work specified.

Graduate Certificate Options

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to pursue an engineering graduate certificate in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. For more information please refer to Graduate Certificate Programs.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Computer Systems Engineering with a Concentration in Software Design Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Computer Systems Engineering with a Concentration in Software Design Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved software design engineering technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

General Requirements

CSYE 6200Concepts of Object-Oriented Design4
CSYE 6220Enterprise Software Design4


Complete one of the following options:

Course Work Option

Complete 24 semester hours in the following subject areas:24
INFO (INFO 6250 excluded), CSYE

Thesis Option1

CSYE 7990Thesis8
Complete 16 semester hours in the following subject areas: 16
INFO (except INFO 6250), CSYE

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required


Students who elect to pursue the thesis option must first propose a topic and advisor for their thesis and receive approval from the program director.