Software Engineering Graduate School Rankings: List of Top Schools

Most types of computer software, including games, applications and operating systems, are designed and developed by software engineers. Large organizations may also employ software engineers to manage their computing systems. Two of the top schools for software engineering programs include the Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Texas at Austin.

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Top Graduate Programs in Software Engineering

1. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university established by the entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named CMU the nation's second-best graduate school for software engineering in the June 2007 issue of Communications of the ACM.

The School of Computer Science's Master of Software Engineering (MSE) program, which aims to train leaders in the industry, is offered to applicants with 2-5 years of work experience. Those with less work experience may consider the master's degree program in information technology with a concentration in software engineering. Both programs are offered in full-time, distance learning and part-time formats. An embedded software engineering master's degree program and a dual degree program leading to an MSE and a Master of Business Administration are also available.

Contact Information

  • Address: 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • Phone Number: (412) 268-2000

2. The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is a public university that was ranked in the top 25 American research universities by The Center for Measuring University Performance in 2009. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report named UT the nation's ninth-best school for graduate-level education in engineering.

UT's Cockrell School of Engineering offers software engineering as one of 11 concentrations within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. For working professionals, the program is also offered in a part-time format, which is operated by the Center for Lifelong Engineering Education. UT was ranked ninth among the best U.S. graduate programs in software engineering by Communications of the ACM in June 2007.

Contact Information

  • Address: 2400 Inner Campus Dr., Austin, TX 78712
  • Phone Number: (512) 471-3434

List of Good U.S. Schools with Software Engineering Graduate Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
Ohio State University 55,014 190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 292-6446
The University of Texas at Austin 50,995 2400 Inner Campus Dr., Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
Michigan State University 47,071 East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-1855
University of Washington 45,943 1400 NE Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-2100
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,881 601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-1000
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,674 Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
Purdue University 41,052 West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600
University of Maryland - College Park 37,195 College Park, MD 20742 (301) 405-1000
University of California - Berkeley 35,830 Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-6000
University of Colorado at Boulder 33,010 Boulder, CO 80309 (303) 492-1411
University of Pittsburgh 28,328 4200 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (412) 624-4141
University of California - Irvine 27,142 Irvine, CA 92697 (949) 824-5011
Kansas State University 23,581 Manhattan, KA 66506 (785) 532-6250
Oregon State University 21,950 Corvallis, OR 97331 (541) 737-0123
Cornell University 20,633 Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-2000
Georgia Institute of Technology 19,413 225 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30332 (404) 894-2000
Stanford University 18,498 Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-2300
Carnegie Mellon University 11,197 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412) 268-2000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 10,384 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 253-1000
California Institute of Technology 2,126 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125 (626) 395-6811
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