Are You Ready to Lead a Software Development Team to Success?

Available online and on campus, the Master of Science in Software Development (MSSD) at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) prepares you with the essential skillset to succeed in one of the fastest-growing professions: software developer—ranked the #1 Best Technology Job in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report.

Program at a Glance

  • Top 10 Online Program
  • Online and On Campus
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • 32 Credits
  • 16–24 Months to Completion
  • 17 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT
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Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Software Development

As one of the only software development master’s degree programs in the United States, the MS in Software Development at BU MET is ideal for those who enjoy programming and seek to create software in an interactive process that involves multiple stakeholders. The program is open to students of all backgrounds—all you need is a bachelor’s degree in any field.

The MSSD curriculum will provide you with a thorough understanding of the latest requirements and needs for software across diverse industries, and ensure that you are ready to deliver secure, reliable software products—as part of an agile software team or leading it.

#8 in Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs

#8 Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs

MET’s online master’s degrees in computer information technology are ranked #8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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“The main reason I selected MET was that it offered an online program that could be completed from anywhere in the world. As I live in Taiwan, this flexibility was of paramount importance when selecting a master’s program. I also really enjoyed the seven-week class format, which allowed me to complete the entire degree program in 15 months.”Jason Van Schooneveld (MET’18), Web Application Developer

Why BU’s Software Development is Ranked in the Top 10

  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Software Development courses ensure you get the attention you need, while introducing case studies and real-world projects that ensure you gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Software Development master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty and industry leaders who are involved in research projects in areas such as novel internet architectures, smartphone applications, information assurance, biomedical informatics, and many other areas.
  • Extensive Network: Study software development alongside fellow professionals from all backgrounds, learn from faculty who have valuable IT contacts across several sectors, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET’s Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and is the longest-running computer science department BU. Over its four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region.
  • Merit Scholarships: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.

Master the Tools to Excel in Software Development

Offered through BU MET’s Department of Computer Science, the Master of Science in Software Development (MSSD) curriculum prepares graduates to take on evolving career paths in the field, dramatically improve coding capabilities while also developing a foundation for those who want to move into the management of agile development teams.

Led by faculty with abundant industry experience, the MSSD is informed by real-world case studies and projects that meet the ubiquitous, and growing, need for new software. Through hands-on, project-based experience, students will finish the master’s program with an advanced portfolio of software projects.

Graduates can progress into a variety of career paths in fields such as:

  • Healthcare—analyzing patient data as well as managing and scheduling resources in hospitals
  • Business and finance—analyzing trends through mathematical analysis for big data reduction and creating more efficient systems
  • Information security—developing systems that are properly tested to reduce vulnerabilities
  • Defense—developing command and control systems

Graduate with Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Software Development master’s degree will equip you with:

  • The ability to understand and analyze business and technical requirements for software development
  • The capability to work with a software development and project team.
  • The skills to produce secure, robust, and reliable software designs and code.
  • A high degree of competence in creating applications that satisfy requirements.
  • The skills necessary to manage and participate in multi-location, multi-programming language software development projects.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The graduate certificates in Information Technology, IT Project Management, Software Engineering, and Web Application Development each share specific courses with the master’s in Software Development program, giving you the option to take one or two certificates on your path to a master’s degree. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at csadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.

Second Master’s Degree Option

Second Master’s Degree Option

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Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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