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Program Overview

Program Overview

Interested in taking your software engineering skills to the next level? You’re in the right place. Our program encompasses all the critical aspects of this field — architecture, design planning, testing and management. You will learn these skills from leaders in the field. They will equip you with a strong foundation of current methodologies and emerging technologies. You will apply these findings to real-world problems in your hands-on practicum project. You will develop into an elite professional holding presentation and communication skills within a software development environment. You will soon be a coveted expert in the field.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Eligible students should meet one of the following requirements:

  • Hold an advanced degree (master’s or doctorate) in a relevant area
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study, with five years of related work experience
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study and submit GRE scores with application

If you meet one of the above requirements, you may begin the admissions process. Each applicant must complete the following: 

  • Application with a $50 nonrefundable fee
  • Official transcripts (Must have an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.0 or better for full admission)
  • GRE test will be waived for all 2020 summer and fall applicants 
  • Two references: one professional and one academic
  • Personal statement: The College of Computing and Technology wants to know (1) your personal and career goals and (2) how the graduate program will contribute to the achievement of your goals via the personal statement form.
  • On-campus interview


Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition and fees for the MSSE program are as follows:

  • 30-hour program / $1,288 per credit hour (all classes are 3 hours)
  • Course materials and fees included in tuition
  • Tuition adjustments occur each May

Types of Aid


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Our Faculty

  • Bryan Crawley

    Bryan Crawley

    Associate Professor of Computer Science

    Bryan Crawley brings to Lipscomb more than 35 years of experience as a software professional. In addition to serving 29 years as a computer science professor, he has worked as...

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  • Chris Simmons

    Chris Simmons

    Associate Professor

    Chris Simmons is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Technology. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University, followed by a Master's degree in Information Technology...

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  • Dwayne Towell

    Dwayne Towell

    Associate Professor of Computer Science

    Dwayne Towell received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University in 2007, and a masters degree in Software Engineering from Texas Tech University in 2004. He has designed,...

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Career Paths

Software Developers

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Biomedical Engineers

Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.

Computer Programmers

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow.