What will I learn?

Develop the Capacity to Construct New Tools

Software development is so much more than building the newest and hottest app for smartphones. When you earn a Master of Science in Software Engineering with a Specialization in Software Development from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, you will receive the tools necessary to bring your computer science expertise to the next level. Through both theoretical and practical exercises, this degree has you mastering crucial software fundamentals, including construction, architecture, processes and life cycles.

Focus Your Creative Energies

Your specialization centers upon four key concepts: engineering tools, design patterns, aspect-oriented development and metrics. You’ll also have the chance to engage in either a capstone project or thesis as the finishing touch on your degree. Both can serve as the necessary stepping stone to the next phase of your career – whether you pursue additional graduate studies or look for employment in promising industry.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (30 hours)

Tuition fees
US$19,256.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected June 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


University of Houston - Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Boulevar,



77058, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to University of Houston-Clear Lake, if they have earned bachelor's degrees or higher (as applicable) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and are eligible to return to the last institution attended. 

For international students

Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or closely related field with 3.0 GPA.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Your minimum scores must be: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 79 on the TOEFL (iBT) exam; 6.0 on the IELTS exam, 53 on the PTE exam; or, You can successfully complete level 112 in the ELS Intensive English Language program.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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