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Software Engineering & Project Management Online Master's Degree Program

can be completed in as little as

7 terms*

*2 terms per semester; each term is 8 weeks



$1,785 3-credit course

Active Duty Military

truED Preferred Tuition

Credit Hours Required


Summer 2 Application Deadline

June 20

Upcoming Start Dates

Summer 2: July 1

Explore Software Engineering & Project Management

Are you looking to bridge the gap between software development and project management? Become well-versed in theoretical knowledge and gain practical experience to design high-quality software solutions and integrate comprehensive software development plans and project management strategies to solve complex challenges. In this 100% online master’s in software engineering and project management you’ll build and hone your technical and management skills while cultivating your leadership approach and considering organizational goals and stakeholder needs.

The MS in Software Engineering and Project Management online program offers a carefully curated curriculum designed to meet the software development and project execution needs of our dynamic digital world. The curriculum consists of a combination of technical and management courses like object-oriented analysis and design, software testing and quality assurance, communication in an environment of open organizations, and foundations of group dynamics and successful teams. The program also includes courses in Agile development, security testing, and human computer interaction.


Build Your Career Future

This innovative online program positions graduates for careers in tech-driven fields where software engineering and project management knowledge and skills are required. This unique combination is highly desired in software engineers, software architects, project managers, and other roles in the software development industry.

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What Can I Do With a MS in Software Engineering & Project Management?

The computer and technology industries are expected to grow by 25% from 2021 to 2031, surpassing the average growth rate for all occupations. This means there will be plenty of job opportunities in the next decade, with around 162,900 openings annually. This significant demand is being driven by the shift in the labor force as older generations begin to retire.

Whether changing occupations or looking to upskill, a master's degree will set you apart from the crowd. This degree program will prepare you with the industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to become a leader in fields including software development, computer programming, and quality assurance analysis.

Potential Career Fields

  • Software Developer
  • QA Analyst & Tester
  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Developer & Digital Designer
  • Project Manager
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Program Details

Learn more about Champlain's 100% online master's in software engineering & project management program, designed for working professionals.

Champlain's online software engineering and project management courses encompass the top skills needed by today's IT professionals.


*Note: Some essential knowledge is required prior to admission to this program. During your application process it will be determined if you meet all requirements. Those who do not meet the requirements will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge they need by taking CMIT 500.

Required Courses

In this course, students will explore the principles and techniques for designing and evaluating interactive systems. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on work, students will learn user-centered design, usability evaluation, and human factors in software development.

This course is designed to introduce a systematic process for planning, organizing and controlling projects. The course will present a practical methodology for completing projects more quickly with fewer problems. Student work will consist of readings, research, class special-topic presentations, group activities, a project management journal, and participation in a real world IT business project. Students will be encouraged to apply project-management techniques to solve existing real-world technology-related business problems.

Be introduced to the foundational ideas of organization development (OD) theory, informed by historical roots and current strategies. Attend to the nature of organizational complexity in today's world and recognize the need for an evolved approach to organizational change. The emerging dialogic mindset is contrasted to the diagnostic mindset that historically pervaded OD practice. Learning is both theoretical and applied; students will form the basis for a change in their own context to integrate theory into practice.

A significant part of organizational life is experienced through groups and teams. This course will explore theories of team processes and group dynamics with an emphasis on how to influence team development and effectiveness in decision making and collaboration. Students will have an opportunity to integrate class learning through applied team projects both within the class and beyond.


Complete MGMT-537

Explore the formal and informal communication strategies that help leaders influence beyond their formal authority. Topics will include how to have generative conversations, communication tactics for engaging stakeholders, cross cultural communications, managing conflict, building impactful narratives that engage and inspire, and the impact of technology on communication in today's organizations.

An excellent primer for the capstone, this course is jam-packed with hands-on activities! Students use the virtual environment to test open source software, compare Nmap, netcat and Angry IP Scanner, test WordPress vulnerability scanners, and experiment with Armitage attacks on Metasploitable. Also, students learn to document findings with reporting tools in Kali Linux and even write a test plan.

In SDEV-520, Software Engineering, students learn about the field of software engineering, including project management methodologies applied to the field of Software Development, economic factors that affect development decisions and product life cycle, requirement gathering and assessment, and modelling languages. Disruptive technologies and methodologies and their impact on this field are also covered in this course.


Complete MBA-506

In SDEV-530, students will use software modelling techniques and formal representation, including Unified Modelling Language (UML), to represent and design software systems.


Complete SDEV-520

In this course, students study Agile project management methodologies, in the context of software development, as a way of achieving Software Engineering quality goals. Students will learn what projects lend themselves to an agile approach, and how the agile approach relates to traditional project management, while learning the tools and techniques of Agile.


Complete SDEV-520

In this course, students will learn how to plan and implement software testing using quality assurance frameworks.


Complete SDEV-520

In the Software Metrics and Measurement course, students will learn how to use software metrics and measurement to improve software engineering and project management decisions. The course will focus on practical applications, including case studies and applied work, to help students develop skills on how to apply metrics to real-world software development projects. Through the course, students will gain the skills and knowledge to evaluate software quality, identify process improvements, and design and implement effective software measurement programs.

In this course, students will demonstrate they have mastered the principles of software engineering and project management and can effectively utilize them to analyze and solve complex software development and project management challenges. Using industry standards and best practices, students will complete a Capstone Project and communicate the project's outcomes to a diverse group of stakeholders. Successful completion of a Capstone Project is required.


Complete 33 credits in the degree program.

In addition to developing advanced communication and analytical skills, and a strategic mindset, graduates of the software engineering & project management master's online program will demonstrate a mastery of the following industry-specific competencies:

  • Apply principles of software engineering and project management to design high-quality software solutions, using appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Analyze complex software development and project management challenges, to solve them, based on industry standards, best practices, and effective leadership principles.
  • Evaluate the impact of software engineering and project management decisions on organizational goals and stakeholder needs.
  • Integrate advanced concepts in software engineering and project management into comprehensive software development plans and project management strategies.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, including software development teams, project managers, and business leaders, to ensure successful project outcomes.


Champlain College Online's IT faculty, led by Program Director Richard Pickering, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s IT professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.

Tuition & Costs

Graduate Tuition Fall '23 - Summer '25

$595 per credit
$1,785* per course
$450 per credit military service members (family members see truED tuition)
$150 One-time graduation fee

*Based on a 3-credit course; cost will vary if course is a different number of credits

** Starting Summer 2024, not retroactive

See the graduate cost of attendance and fees here



What To Expect at Champlain Online

Expect Convenience

Go to school wherever and whenever is best for you, on the device of your choice.

Expect A Career Focus

Relevant and immediately applicable coursework gets you ready for your next career move

Expect Support

Your dedicated academic advisor provides the support you need to meet your academic goals

Expect Superior Faculty

Learn from practitioner faculty working in the field, with real-world experience and knowledge.

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