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Our admission committee focuses on selecting candidates who have the potential to successfully complete the program and contribute to class diversity and quality.

  • Three years or more of full-time employment as a software professional.
  • A four-year bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or a related field.
  • Knowledge of a programming language (C, C++ or Java) and data structures and algorithms.
  • A complete application form.
  • Copies of transcripts and degree certificates from all the colleges attended. Once admitted, official copies of transcripts and degree certificates are required.
  • A detailed resume, including work history.
  • Three letters of recommendations on forms supplied by the program.
  • A signed tuition payment form.
  • Students must comply with the general UT Dallas admission guidelines including immunizations required by UT Dallas Health Center.

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2017 admissions. Complete and submit your materials to ensure full and timely consideration of your application. No decision will be made until all required materials have been received. Students are advised in writing/electronically of their admission status within 10 business days of receiving a complete application. A complete application must be submitted to the program office through the program website. Before completing any forms, you should read the UTD policy statements related to submitting information to UT Dallas. 

An $800 application fee/deposit must be submitted with application forms. The $800 will be applied as follows:

  • $300 non-refundable application fee.
  • $500 used as one of the following:
    • A deposit to hold your seat in class and credited toward tuition.
    • A non-refundable deposit, if you are admitted to the program and decline to attend.
    • A refundable deposit, if you are not admitted to the program.

The total cost of the program is $36,000. This amount covers the following items for the entire 20-month program:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Textbooks
  • Course materials
  • Access to UT Dallas resources
  • Meals on EMSE class days
  • Parking permits

An additional $2,500 fee will be charged for those who are required to take the pre-requisite course CS 5343: Data Structures and Algorithms. This fee is due by the first payment deadline.

Installment Tuition Payment Plan Terms

The program cost is payable in five equal installments with one installment due prior to the start of each semester.

The fees payments are no later than the published deadline:

Cohort starting in Fall

Semester Payment Deadline
Semester 1 August 15
Semester 2 December 15
Semester 3 April 15
Semester 4 August 15
Semester 5 December 15

Cohort starting in Spring

Semester Payment Deadline
Semester 1 December 15
Semester 2 April 15
Semester 3 August 15
Semester 4 December 15
Semester 5 August 15
    1. A Student commits to pay the full amount of the tuition and fees for the Executive Masters of Science in Software Engineering, in accordance with the established terms of the Installment Tuition Payment Plan. Payments not received by the University of Texas at Dallas (University) by the due dates are considered late. Students will be charged $25.00 for each late payment (maximum $50.00) to defray the costs of following and handling the delinquent payment(s).
    2. A STUDENT WHO FAILS TO MAKE FULL PAYMENT OF TUITION AND FEES, INCLUDING  ANY INCIDENTAL FEES, BY THE DUE DATE MAY BE PROHIBITED FROM REGISTERING FOR CLASSES UNTIL FULL PAYMENT IS MADE. A STUDENT WHO FAILS TO MAKE PAYMENT PRIOR TO THE END OF THE SEMESTER OR TERM MAY BE DENIED CREDIT FOR THE WORK DONE THAT SEMESTER OR TERM. The following additional penalties may be  imposed: (1) withholding of grades, transcript, and/or degree, and (2) bar against readmission. The indebtedness, at the University’s option, may be reported to a credit reporting agency(ies).
    3. On default in payment under this Plan, the unpaid tuition balance and the late charge(s) shall become immediately due and payable. Upon default, the University may exercise all rights and remedies provided at law or in equity.

This program does not provide direct financial assistance to students, but students are eligible for loans through the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office.

Please visit UTD Financial Aid or contact financial-aid@utdallas.edu (972-883-2941) for general information on financial aid, scholarships, long-term educational loans, or federal and state veterans benefit programs. The office is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Please note that the Hinson-Hazelwood benefits are not available for students enrolled in the Executive MSSE program because the program is self-supporting and does not receive state funding.

The EMSE program welcomes students from around the world to apply. Our admission committee focuses on selecting candidates who have the potential to successfully complete the program and contribute to class diversity and quality.

  • Five years or more of full-time employment as a software professional.
  • A four-year bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or a related field.
  • Knowledge of a programming language (C, C++ or Java) and data structures and algorithms.
  • A complete online application form.
  • Copies of transcripts and degree certificates from all the colleges attended. Once admitted, official copies of transcripts and degree certificates are required.
  • For English proficiency requirements, submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores directly to the University. The UTD code is 6897. In case you have a BS or an MS degree from a US university with a GPA above 3.0, the English proficiency requirements can be waived.
  • A detailed resume, including work history.
  • Three letters of recommendations on forms supplied by the program.
  • A signed tuition payment form.
  • Students must comply with the general UT Dallas admission guidelines including immunizations required by UT Dallas Health Center.
  • GRE requirement is waived for the students applying to the EMSE program.

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2017 admissions. Complete and submit your materials to ensure full and timely consideration of your application. No decision will be made until all required materials have been received. Students are advised in writing/electronically of their admission status within 10 business days of receiving a complete application. A complete application must be submitted to the program office through the program website. Before completing any forms, you should read the UTD policy statements related to submitting information to UT Dallas. 

An $800 application fee/deposit must be submitted with application forms. The $800 will be applied as follows:

  • $300 non-refundable application fee.
  • $500 used as one of the following:
    • A deposit to hold your seat in class and credited toward tuition.
    • A non-refundable deposit, if you are admitted to the program and decline to attend.
    • A refundable deposit, if you are not admitted to the program.

The total cost of the program is $56,000. This amount covers the following items for the entire 20-month program:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Textbooks
  • Course materials
  • Access to UT Dallas resources
  • Meals on EMSE class days
  • Parking permits

An additional $4,000 fee will be charged for those who are required to take the pre-requisite course CS 5343: Data Structures and Algorithms. This fee is due by the first payment deadline.

Installment Tuition Payment Plan Terms

The program cost is payable in five equal installments with one installment due prior to the start of each semester.

The fees payments are no later than the published deadline:

Cohort starting in Fall

Semester Payment Deadline
Semester 1 August 15
Semester 2 December 15
Semester 3 April 15
Semester 4 August 15
Semester 5 December 15

Cohort starting in Spring

Semester Payment Deadline
Semester 1 December 15
Semester 2 April 15
Semester 3 August 15
Semester 4 December 15
Semester 5 August 15
    1. A Student commits to pay the full amount of the tuition and fees for the Executive Masters of Science in Software Engineering, in accordance with the established terms of the Installment Tuition Payment Plan. Payments not received by the University of Texas at Dallas (University) by the due dates are considered late. Students will be charged $25.00 for each late payment (maximum $50.00) to defray the costs of following and handling the delinquent payment(s).
    2. A STUDENT WHO FAILS TO MAKE FULL PAYMENT OF TUITION AND FEES, INCLUDING  ANY INCIDENTAL FEES, BY THE DUE DATE MAY BE PROHIBITED FROM REGISTERING FOR CLASSES UNTIL FULL PAYMENT IS MADE. A STUDENT WHO FAILS TO MAKE PAYMENT PRIOR TO THE END OF THE SEMESTER OR TERM MAY BE DENIED CREDIT FOR THE WORK DONE THAT SEMESTER OR TERM. The following additional penalties may be  imposed: (1) withholding of grades, transcript, and/or degree, and (2) bar against readmission. The indebtedness, at the University’s option, may be reported to a credit reporting agency(ies).
    3. On default in payment under this Plan, the unpaid tuition balance and the late charge(s) shall become immediately due and payable. Upon default, the University may exercise all rights and remedies provided at law or in equity.

Basic eligibility requirements for CPT in the EMSE program:

  • Lawfully enrolled full-time in at UTD for at least one academic year (two consecutive long semesters, fall & spring or spring & fall) immediately prior to the semester in which the CPT will take place.
  • EMSE students are allowed to take up fulltime CPT only during the summer session.
  • Must hold valid F-1 status at the time of CPT application.
  • Good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA for graduates) and completed all prerequisites. If good standing is not maintained, CPT authorization will be canceled.
  • Must be enrolled in an internship class.
  • Have not failed a previous CPT course.
  • No incomplete grades.
  • Have not completed your degree requirements.
  • Meet all CPT requirements of the UT Dallas Jonsson School Industrial Practice Program.

For CPT application process, please contact Jonsson School Industrial Practice Program (IPP).

CPT Limitations:

  • Employment must be directly related to degree in Software Engineering
  • Authorization is only valid once it is indicated on your I-20
  • Continued employment is not permitted after completion of degree requirements (regardless of graduation date). The program completion date is the last day of the finals period for the graduating semester

Regarding obtaining employment authorization documents and other CPT questions, please contact an advisor in the International Student Services office.

Basic eligibility requirements for OPT in the EMSE program:

The optional practical training is available to F1 students in the EMSE program after successful completion of the program. Please check the OPT guide posted on the ISSO website for complete details and the application process.

Courses taken in the EMSE program cannot be transferred to the regular MSCS/SE program.

Spring semester admits have only OPT and part time CPT options. Fall semester admits have both full time CPT (one summer) and OPT options. Please contact an advisor in the EMSE program for details.

International Student Orientation is mandatory for F-1 visa holders enrolling at UT Dallas for the first time and is also required of students changing their visa status to F-1. The hold on your account will be removed only after you attend International Student Orientation and complete the mandatory pre-arrival modules. Every semester the ISSO orientation dates are posted on the website of International Student Services office.

Students on F1 visa must adhere to the USCIS rules and regulations and your first point of contact on UTD campus is the advisor in the International Student Services office.