Engineer complex software systems for societal impact

Master of Science in Software Engineering Systems

The Master of Science in Software Engineering Systems at Northeastern University approaches software development from the analytical and methodological perspective of an engineer. You’ll build advanced design and engineering skills, enhance knowledge in cloud computing, and develop machine learning algorithms. With your passion for high-performance technology, large-scale machine learning, and AI-type algorithms, you’ll become an intuitive problem solver, experienced engineering architect, and results-focused leader. Your knowledge of the three-way intersection of computer science, engineering, and ethics will enable you to have real-world societal impact in a high-demand field across industries.

At Northeastern, you have flexibility to select from coursework-only or thesis-based options, gain professional experience on co-op, work on real-world projects, and learn the latest technologies from industry-leading faculty.

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"I was excited to join the Software Engineering Systems program because of the robust coursework and it allowed me to pursue my passion in R&D, as well as open source software."

Manoj Reddy Amireddy, MS in Software Engineering Systems

Entry terms

Fall & Spring

Course delivery

On campus in Boston and Virginia

Application deadlines

Domestic students

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1

International students (inside the US)

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1

Experience-Powered Learning

Northeastern’s top-ranked cooperative education program offers graduate students a unique opportunity to integrate academic knowledge with industry experience. You may gain up to eight months of full-time work experience as part of the academic curriculum, allowing you to build your resume, develop a professional network, and gain a competitive edge upon graduation. Students have taken co-op and career positions at industry leaders such as Nokia, Cisco, Amazon, Oracle.

Specialize with a Graduate Certificate

Pursue a graduate certificate along with your master’s degree such as in Block Chain and Smart Contracts Engineering. A variety of certificates are offered, allowing you additional flexibility to specialize in areas that map to your career goals.

Not ready for a master’s degree? Start with the Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering Systems and apply credits toward the master’s upon completion if you choose.

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experiential lifelong learning. Our approach of integrating real-world experience with education, research, and innovation empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create worldwide impact.? ?

Our global university system provides our community and academic, government, and industry partners with unique opportunities to think locally and act globally. The system—which includes 13 campuses across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, 300,000-plus alumni, and 3,000 partners worldwide—serves as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.

Northeastern’s personalized, experiential undergraduate and graduate programs lead to degrees through the doctorate in 10 colleges and schools across our campuses. Learning emphasizes the intersection of data, technology, and human literacies, uniquely preparing graduates for careers of the future and lives of fulfillment and accomplishment.

Our research enterprise, with an R1 Carnegie classification, is solutions-oriented and spans the world. Our faculty scholars and students work in teams that cross not just disciplines, but also sectors—aligned around solving today’s highly interconnected global challenges and focused on transformative impact for humankind.

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