Software Engineering

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The Master of Science in Software Engineering offered by the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at SMU provides a balanced approach to management skills and technical expertise necessary to succeed in this critically important field. Many of the courses are based upon thos proposed by the Software Engineering Institute, specifically founded by the Department of Defense to assist in the development of a sound foundation for this rapidly growing field. Lyle’s Weekend Format program in Software Engineering serves the needs of the part-time student.

Requiring 30 hours of coursework consisting of 10 courses, the program is designed to explore all aspects of the software life cycle – from initial customer requirements and design to testing and maintenance. The program emphasizes the importance of architecture and strategy in the design and development of software, as well as the human factors and interface issues that must be addressed to ensure the success of a software solution. The program covers not only the technical aspects of building software systems, but also management issues such as directing programming teams, scheduling, and budgeting.

The Lyle Engineering Difference

The Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering is a selective, premier center of learning for aspiring professionals who will lead the techno-business world into the future. Centered in Dallas, one of the country’s most vibrant cities, SMU Lyle combines topnotch technical expertise with an emphasis on management, entrepreneurship, and humanities to yield a foundation for success in an ever-changing global business climate.

Why the Weekend Format?

Our Weekend Format Program is built around small class sizes, highly knowledgeable instructors, team projects and programs, and education that goes beyond the basics to produce truly imaginative and innovative professional leaders.


Class meetings take place at American Airlines Training Center near DFW Airport. The modern meeting and conference center is located at the heart of the DFW area and is easily accessible from all corners of the metroplex.

Example Program Outline

10 Courses   
Course 1  Software Planning and Management 
Course 2  Software Architecture and Design 
Course 3  Software Testing and Quality Assurance 
Course 4  Software Requirements*
Course 5  Software Development/Embedded and Real Time Systems* 
Course 6  XML and the Enterprise* 
Course 7  Software Metrics and Quality Engineering* 
Course 8  Object Oriented Analysis and Design* 
Course 9  User Interface Design* 
Course 10  Software Reliability and Safety* 

*Electives and schedule are subject to change

Sabrina Gonzalez
Sabrina Gonzalez
Associate Director Graduate Education and Recruitment
Distance, Military, Campus, and Weekend Formats 
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