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Master of Software Engineering Program Admission Requirements

Admission to Carroll University is offered to those for whom academic and personal success seems likely. Each candidate is evaluated individually. Evidence of good character and demonstrated ability to do graduate-level work is essential.

General Procedures for Graduate Admission

Applicants submit a Carroll University Graduate Studies Application. Applications and credentials for admission to the graduate programs must be submitted for processing to the Carroll University Office of Admission in Voorhees Hall. Specific acceptance policies might be established by individual graduate programs. See specific graduate program. General requirements for admission into any advanced graduate program at Carroll University include the following criteria:

  1. An undergraduate degree in the professional field or a field related to the applicant’s profession. Applicants could be required to take prerequisite courses before being accepted into a graduate program to ensure a base of knowledge in the area in which they wish to pursue graduate work.
  2. Official transcript or listing of undergraduate and other graduate or continuing education work and grades, where appropriate.
  3. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5. An individual program has the option of setting a higher minimum grade point average; see specific graduate program area. Some programs might allow an applicant to take up to nine credits as a non-degree graduate student prior to being formally admitted to the graduate program.
  4. Standardized test(s) when appropriate to the field of study.
  5. Additional written materials as required by an individual graduate program.
  6. An application fee might be required.
  7. A technical standards form and/or a Department of Justice background check might be required for certain graduate programs.
  8. In some graduate programs, students are required to have medical insurance coverage. See specific graduate program.

Acceptance decisions are made on applications when they are complete. In some instances, the files of prospective students are referred to a program’s Graduate Admission Committee for review and action. That body might grant admission to the university provided certain conditions are met, or might require the student to satisfy specified criteria.

Master of Software Engineering Admission

Requirements for admission into the Master of Software Engineering program include the following:

  1. Earned bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  2. Completed Online Application
  3. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
    • If academic work is from outside the US an official report from WES or ECE is also required
  4. Resume that describes work experience, computer programming background, and professional interests
  5. If the applicant's native language is not English, an official TOEFL or IELTS or MELAB score is required and sent directly from the testing agency. The minimum required TOEFL score is: 79 (Internet-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). The institution code for Carroll University is 1101. The minimum required IELTS score is: 6. The minimum MELAB score is: 85.
    • Score results must be from a test taken within the last two years.
    • English proficiency levels below the listed requirements will be considered based on a holistic review of the candidate’s admission materials.
    • Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor's degree from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.
  6. Letter of recommendation (professional reference preferred if the applicant has professional work experience)
  7. Completed Statement of Financial Support (required for students in F-1 status)

Additional Factors That Might Impact Admission Decisions

  1. Applicants, regardless of their undergraduate majors, must possess solid programming skills equivalent to those gained in a Data Structure course of a typical Computer Science program. In particular, descent Java language knowledge and programming skills are expected. Students with no programming background or insufficient programming knowledge and skills might be required to take some undergraduate Computer Science courses at Carroll University if deemed necessary.
  2. If applicant's undergraduate major is not in a computing related field, having computing or information technology professional work experience (typically two years or more) will be viewed favorably in making admission decisions.

Professional Certificate in Software Engineering*

A graduate certificate in software engineering is available to students who do not wish to pursue the master's degree or to students who do not presently hold a baccalaureate degree. Up to 15 credits from the professional certificate program may be applied to the master's program.

Students electing to pursue the professional certificate must meet the following requirements:

  • Java programming skills equivalent to Carroll courses CSC111 and CSC226, and two years of professional work experience.
  • Completed application for admission

Non-Degree Status*

Students may take up to nine credits as a non-degree student. Up to nine non-degree credits may be applied to the proposed master's degree or certificate.

Students electing to study as a non-degree student must meet the following requirements:

  • Java programming skills equivalent to Carroll courses CSC111 and CSC226, and two years of professional work experience.
  • Completed application for admission.

* Non-degree status is not available to International students

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