Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Fenn Hall 331
Chansu Yu, Chair, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Yongjian Fu, Graduate Program Director
The Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program is the first of its kind in Ohio. The program is the successor to the Graduate Certificate Program in Software Engineering and is intended for both practicing professionals, as well as full-time students in the areas of software engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or information management.
The program introduces students to current and best practices in the engineering of software systems. A distinguishing feature is its emphasis on the architecture, design, quality, management, and economics aspects of software engineering. Students take a project from start to completion, learning the requirements of specific deliverables and the development life cycle. Critical management issues, such as risk assessment, project planning, and market analysis, are also covered. The program exposes students to new technological developments in an advancing field and how to apply their knowledge in the workplace. Graduates meet the demands of industry and address the needs of information technology professionals, in general, and software engineers, in particular.
The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department recently commissioned a new state-of-the-art Software Engineering instructional laboratory, fully equipped with hardware and software required to meet the needs of all courses in the curriculum. The department also maintains the Software Engineering Research Laboratory to support research. The lab is equipped with desktop computers and servers connected via a LAN. Students have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research in Software Engineering.
Two other major computer facilities are used to support teaching and research: a networked laboratory of basic and advanced personal computers; and clusters of UNIX workstations, including HP Itanium, Sun Sparc/Ultra, SGI Indy/O2, IBM RS/6000, and Dell Linux workstations. These machines are connected to Fast Ethernet, ATM, and/or FDDI LANs. All laboratories are available to students for both course work and research. The networks are connected to the University fiber backbone which, in turn, is linked to national networks.
The members of the Software Engineering faculty are engaged in research in several areas suitable for student theses and dissertations. These include software design, component-based software engineering, middle-ware systems, embedded software, data mining, mobile computing, fault-tolerant computing, computer and network security, peer-to-peer and grid computing, distributed computing, operating systems, languages, algorithm design and analysis, computer graphics and computational geometry, performance evaluation, object-oriented programming, software metrics, program analysis, multimedia computing, and bioinformatics. Results of research in these areas are published regularly in referred journals, such as transactions of IEEE, and are presented at scholarly conferences and symposia.
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page:
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers a number of research and teaching assistantships and graduate tuition grants. In addition, internships in local industry are available.
Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and computer engineering are encouraged to apply. Applicants in related fields will also be considered for admission, but they may be required to take additional prerequisite courses. Credits earned for prerequisite courses cannot be used to meet the MSSE requirements. Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Test of English as a foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for all international students.
The GRE is also required if one or more of the following conditions is true:
- The undergraduate degree was awarded by a college or university outside of the United States or Canada, or by a Canadian institution not accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.
- An unaccredited college or university awarded the undergraduate degree.
- The undergraduate degree was in a discipline unrelated to software engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or information management.
- The student’s undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0.
- The year of the baccalaureate degree precedes the date of application to the College of Graduate Studies by more than six years.
International students should refer to the International Student Admission section of the Graduate Catalog for more information.
If the GRE is required, a minimum score on the Quantitative section of 650 (old grading scale) or 151 (new grading scale) is required, but this minimum score does not guarantee admission.
If an English language proficiency examination is required, then a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based exam, 78 on the Internet exam (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking), 6.0 on the IELTS exam, 5.0 on the iTEP exam, or 213 on the computer-based exam, is required. Students who do not satisfy these requirements, but who do satisfy the University’s TOEFL requirements, will be tested upon arrival at CSU by the English as a Second Language Program. Depending on test results, students may be required to take a writing (ESL 502) and/or speaking (ESL 503) course.
Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the following prerequisite knowledge areas. Students must complete prerequisite courses in the areas they lack proficiency, in addition to the requirements for the MSSE degree. These prerequisite courses do not count toward the requirements for the MSSE program. Those who took one or more equivalent courses can have the corresponding requirements waived but must get a prior authorization by the academic/research advisor.
|Prerequisite Knowledge Area
|Introduction to programming
|Data structures and algorithms
|Probability and statistics
||EEC 483 or CIS 335
||EEC 584 or CIS 554
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