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Frequently Asked Questions - MS in Software Engineering


What are the program entrance requirements?
In addition to the regulations governing admission to the Texas Tech University Graduate School, a baccalaureate degree in computer science, computer engineering, or its equivalent is required for entrance to the Software Engineering program. In the absence of the proper background, course leveling will be needed. Admission to the MSSE degree program also will entail submission of GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

The recommended process is to submit your transcripts, GRE scores, etc., at the same time as you submit your application. Please check with the advisor of the program that you are interested in to verify all the required test scores or other materials needed for admission. For distance learning students, your completed application packet date is more important than just the application date. If your application has been deferred to the department and your GRE scores have not been received then your application maybe denied because it is incomplete.

For additional details on requirements, go to http://www.cs.ttu.edu/grad and click the "MSSE (Software Engineering)" link.

If I already have graduate course credits from another university, will they transfer?
Graduate transfer credits from other institutions are contingent upon approval of the Graduate School and the graduate advisor; decisions will be based on the current policy guidelines established by the College of Engineering and the Graduate School. In order to receive credit for those courses, you must request the transfer of those courses at the time of enrollment.

Will I have to write a thesis?
The MS SE program can be taken as a thesis or non-thesis option. If you choose to write a thesis, you will complete 24 course credits (8 courses) and 6 hours of thesis. If you choose to take the non-thesis option, you will complete 36 course credits (12 courses).

Who do I contact for more information?
The graduate advisor for the Computer Science department is Dr. Susan Mengel. If you have questions about the degree program, please contact her at:

Susan A. Mengel, Ph.D.
Graduate Advisor
Texas Tech University
Computer Science
MS 43104
Lubbock, TX 79409-3104
T (806) 742-3527 | F (806) 742-3519
email: susan.mengel@ttu.edu

If you have questions about the distance learning program, please contact:

Amy Donnerberg, Program Coordinator
Phone: (806) 742-3451 or (800) 528-5583
Email: amy.donnerberg@ttu.edu

Brent Guinn, Director
Phone: (806) 742-3451 or (800) 528-5583
Email: brent.guinn@ttu.edu