The software industry increasingly requires more extensive education than what is offered at the undergraduate level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, nationally, between 15-30% of software developers hold a master's degree and job growth in the industry is much faster than average. Graduates of this program will be prepared to lead or architect software development and substantial projects.
Graduates of the master’s program can also expect increased earnings potential with their degree. Nationally, a master’s degree adds $10,000 or more to a developer’s annual salary compared to those with a bachelor’s degree alone.
With the nascent software industry in Vermont, finding enough senior developers to lead the growing number of project groups is one of the largest challenges. The Master of Science in Software Engineering degree prepares a graduate to take on that more senior role in a software development group in an expedited way. Graduates of the program develop both greater technical depth and a stronger understanding of what processes will improve development efforts that others only attain with many years of work experience. Every graduate will know how to follow and evaluate new developments in software engineering and be able to evaluate the suitability of those new developments for their personal and their group's needs.
The program can serve incumbent workers in the industry, Vermont Tech Software Engineering bachelor's students wanting an accelerated master's degree, and career changers wanting proficiency and knowledge without completing a second bachelor's degree. The program's format is designed to be accessible and flexible for both full-time students and working professionals. The program uses late-day and evening courses, leverages distance education technologies to reduce some travel time to campus, and can be completed on a part-time basis.