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Software Engineering Master’s Degree Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online and On Campus

  • Average Course Tuition


  • Total Number of Courses


software engineer sitting at computer

Adapt to new and emerging technologies.

Learn to apply systematic engineering principles to the design, construction, and maintenance of large software applications.

What You'll Learn

Through the degree program in software engineering you:

  • Develop an understanding of current technologies, such as databases, communication protocols, cloud computing, and web frameworks and their application.
  • Gain the ability to specify, design, implement, analyze, and improve software solutions from a wide variety of domains.
  • Learn how to adapt to new and emerging technologies.
  • Earn an optional graduate certificate in back-end web development, cybersecurity, or data science

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Software Engineering.

Our Community at a Glance

Software engineering graduates work in a range of industries including computer services, computer software, financial services, health care, higher education, and more.

  • 33

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 75%

    Work Full Time

  • 98%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 74%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued To Deepen Expertise

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in two specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2022–23 rate) $3,100 per 4-credit course ($775 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $37,200

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Everybody I met with treated me like I was their only student, and they were always there when I needed them.