MS Software Engineering, Specialization in Data Science

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Advance your career with an MSSE, specialization in Data Science !

Our program prepares students and professionals to investigate and summarize real-world data of all sizes, ask the right questions, find informative answers, and create visualizations that effectively communicate their results. Through a combination of theory and practical data analyses, students learn the foundations of extracting knowledge from data, verifying the utility of the information, and scaling their analysis to Big Data. The program emphasizes teamwork throughout the curriculum, as an essential part of preparing students for working in industry.

This specialization prepares students to practice the entire analytics process, from translating real-world objects into data to presenting information gleaned from the analysis.

Program Status

Applications are open for Fall 2022

  • For domestic students: application deadline is May 1, 2022, document deadline is May 20, 2022.
  • For international students: application deadline is April 1, 2022, document deadline is April 20, 2022.

Admissions reviews and decisions for this program will begin in February. We will continue to admit students on a rolling bases through the month of June.

Program Schedules

Cohort 4 (Fall 2021) [pdf]

Cohort 5 (Fall 2022) [pdf]

Specialized Data Science Courses




Program Specialist:
Kira Lemons  

Academic Program Coordinator
Dan Harkey 

Key Benefits

  • Outstanding Faculty: Industry leaders and academic experts offer a wide range of practical knowledge and experience in engineering and software development.
  • Location, Location, Location: All courses are offered in Silicon Valley near high-tech employers and easily accessible from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can complete your degree while holding an internship and/or continuing your career!
  • Convenience: designed for working professionals who want to earn advanced degrees through accelerated programs.
  • Affordable Education: San Jose State University offers an outstanding educational value, and many local businesses will pay partial or full tuition for employees who enroll in graduate degree programs.

Program Details

  • Each course meets one night a week, for 16 weeks, following the SJSU academic calendar. Dependent on cohort path, courses may also meet on a few Saturdays.
  • Classes are delivered year-round in fall, spring, and summer.
  • There are 11 courses, for a total of 33 graduate-level units that fulfill the requirements for earning a Master of Science in Software Engineering degree.
    Students must satisfy the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement.

Class Location

Mission College
3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

For students graduating with MS Software Engineering degrees:

  1. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced knowledge of the practice of software engineering, from vision to analysis, design, validation and deployment.
  2. Be able to tackle complex engineering problems and tasks, using contemporary engineering principles, methodologies and tools.
  3. Be able to demonstrate leadership and the ability to participate in teamwork in an environment with different disciplines of engineering, science and business.
  4. Be aware of ethical, economic and environmental implications of their work, as appropriate.
  5. Be able to advance successfully in the engineering profession, and sustain a process of lifelong learning in engineering or other professional areas.
  6. Be able to communicate effectively, in both oral and written forms.


Applying for admission to an off-campus cohort at San Jose State University is not a guarantee that the program will occur. Cohorts must meet minimum enrollment standards in order to take place. Please be aware that in the event a cohort does not launch due to low enrollment, any and all associated application fees cannot be refunded.