The students who wish to gain admission into the MSE program should have taken courses on the following topics or should have knowledge in these areas (evidence or supporting materials required):
1. A modern programming language such as C++, Java, Eiffel, C#, or Smalltalk (UW-L equivalents: CS 120, CS 220, and CS 224)
2. Data structures and algorithms that include abstract data types such as List, Stack, Queue, Tree and Graph (UW-L equivalent: CS 340)
3. Discrete mathematics that includes topics on set theory, predicate logic, functions and relations (UW-L equivalent: MTH 225)
Students who lack any of these prerequisites must take additional courses (not counted for credit toward the MSE program) to meet the prerequisites requirement. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.85/4.0 is required in these courses. This restriction on GPA for the prerequisite courses has been imposed to ensure that the students have adequate background in software development. In particular, non-computer science students may also be admitted into the MSE program (see the admission requirements below), and hence a thorough knowledge of the topics covered in the prerequisite courses is necessary.
In addition to the prerequisites identified above, each student also must satisfy one of the following requirements:
1. The student must have a bachelor's degree in software engineering, computer science, computer engineering or an equivalent major, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.85/4.0 or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in the last half of all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 for no fewer than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate institution.*
2. The student must have a bachelor's degree in any other discipline with an overall GPA of at least 2.85/4.0 or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in the last half of all undergraduate work, and should at least have two years of working experience in software development. In this case, the student should provide at least two references from the work place. The referees should be able to comment on the knowledge and skills of the student in software development.
*A dual degree option allows UW-L computer science students to apply for admission to the Master of Software Engineering program before completion of their undergraduate degree. Students seeking this option must consult an adviser early in their academic career to qualify for the dual degree.
More information can be obtained at www.cs.uwlax.edu/mse
Note: Application deadline is May 1 of each year for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.
Each student in the program should complete 24 credits of course work and 12 credits of project work. The course work consists of five core courses and three elective courses.
Core Courses: (15 credits)
CS 546 Object-Oriented Software Development (3 credits)
CS 741 Software Engineering Principles (3 credits)
CS 742 Formal Methods in Software Development (3 credits)
CS 743 Software Verification and Validation (3 credits)
CS 744 Management Issues in Software Engineering (3 credits)
Elective Courses: (9 credits)
CS 502 Web Application Development (3 credits)
CS 510 Free and Open Source Software Development (3 credits)
CS 519 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
CS 521 Programming Language Concepts (3 credits)
CS 531 Introduction to Robotics (3 credits)
CS 541 Operating System Concepts (3 credits)
CS 542 Structure of Compilers (3 credits)
CS 543 Topics in Operating systems (3 credits)
CS 549 Advances in Software Engineering (3 credits)
CS 551 User Interface Design (3 credits)
CS 552 Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition (3 credits)
CS 553 Introduction to the Theory of Computation (3 credits)
CS 554 Digital Image Processing (3 credits)
CS 555 Fundamentals of Information Security (3 credits)
CS 556 Secure Software Development (3 credits)
CS 564 Advanced Database Management Systems (3 credits)
CS 570 Parallel and Distributed Computing (3 credits)
CS 571 Data Communications (3 credits)
CS 750 Topics in Software Engineering (1-3 credits)
CS 751 Seminar in Software Engineering (1-3 credits)
CS 752 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Capstone Project Work: (12 credits)
CS 798 Software Development Project (1-6 credits)
CS 798 is a 12-credit course involving a major software development project and requires the development of software for a particular application. Upon registering for this course, a student should choose a problem, analyze its feasibility in terms of time limits and resources, develop the requirements document and design (architectural and detailed) document, implement the design and demonstrate the product with appropriate test cases. A project proposal must be submitted to the Project Evaluation Committee (PEC) in the computer science department for approval before starting the project. This proposal should include the goals, project plan, time schedule, resource requirements and other details pertinent to the project. A student can register for the project course at any time after completing at least 3 courses and continue to work on the project thereafter. Depending on the work done in each term, the student will be given appropriate number of credits per term as outlined in the project proposal. The project adviser (a member of the PEC) is responsible for checking the work proposed/done in each term and giving the appropriate number of credits.