Master of Science in Information Technology - Software Engineering


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From our phones to our tablets, our e-readers to our smart TVs, our smart watches to our laptops, software programs and applications are what make so much of our technology function and integrate into our daily lives. Sometimes they help a business market and sell their product and sometimes the program or app is the product itself, but either way it’s hard to escape a crucial truth: every company is now a technology company. Software developers are so in-demand that the Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting jobs in this sector to grow 22% over the next decade . Within the Master of Science in Information Technology from Salem University, we offer a Software Engineering specialization specifically designed to meet this growing demand, focusing on the skills IT professionals need in order to be able to help their clients get a competitive edge in the marketplace.

The online MSIT degree with a concentration in Software Engineering covers topics like:
• Defining, managing, evaluating, and prioritizing software development projects in a way that best fits the organization’s strategic and budgetary goals
• Applying management and communications strategies in order to facilitate cooperative and collaborative teamwork
• Identifying and utilizing systematic, scientific, and technological knowledge and methods to develop artificial intelligence
• Determining patterns and trends in order to create innovative information management solutions
• Developing best practices to solve organizational and business challenges and streamline development processes

The Master of Science in Information Technology with a Software Engineering specialization will build off the knowledge you acquired in your bachelor’s degree and through work experience in order to build your visionary, managerial, and leadership skills. Graduates will be equipped to help guide software engineering and development teams in a wide variety of organizations, businesses, and institutions.


Salem University has always been proud of our ability to combine our 130-plus year history in the field of higher education and with a drive toward innovative new solutions in delivering degree programs to our students. Our online MSIT degree program consists of 30 credit hours, taken over the course of 10 months in a unique, one-class-a-month format. This progressive approach serves two purposes: it allows you to gradually and naturally build your skills, and it makes it easier to fit courses into your everyday life. It’s also offered fully online, with our user-friendly learning platform, so it’s easier than ever to pursue your MSIT degree without having to give up your current job or sacrifice personal time.


The Master of Science in Information Technology degree program includes a number of core courses:

• IT500 Business Foundations and Processes
• IT510 Information Technology and Project Management
• IT520 Risk Assessment and Management
• IT530 Disaster Recovery and Continuity Planning
• IT550 Information Technology Architecture & Security
• IT640 Database Administration
• IT699 Enterprise Administration (Capstone Project)

You’ll also take specialized courses developed for the Software Engineering concentration, including:

• IT685 Advanced Software Applications
• IT690 Software Project Management
• IT695 E-Commerce


With our online MSIT degree program with a Software Engineering concentration, you can be prepared to apply for upper-level jobs in information technology, including:

• Application Development Director
• Software Engineer
• Director of Application Development
• Software Platform Engineer
• Director of Software Development
• Chief Information Officer


Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

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