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Online Software Engineering Degree BS in Computer Science Concentration

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Register By: June 29 Classes Start: July 01

Develop a career in software engineering

  • $330/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Add advanced skills to your BS Computer Science degree
  • University accredited by NECHE
  • Learn proven engineering techniques
  • Explore emerging system architectures and technologies

Software Engineering Degree Concentration Overview

From open-source databases to popular online payment systems, mobile games and ride-share apps – some of today's most notable innovations wouldn't be possible without software engineers.

With the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering from SNHU, you'll learn the fundamental concepts and principles of software engineering that can help give you the skills and experience you need to break into the field.

A systematic approach used to develop software on time, on budget and within specifications, software engineering stands on the cutting edge of innovation and is highly valued by employers across various industries and geographic locations.

Online computer science degree students will work to solve real-world problems in courses that emphasize the design and development of computer software. As you progress toward graduation, you’ll create and save examples of your work, building a portfolio that demonstrates your ability to apply sound user experience principles and secure coding practices with a concentration in software engineering.

What You'll Learn

  • User interface/user experience (UI/UX) design and development techniques
  • Secure coding techniques
  • Reverse engineering strategies
  • Emerging trends in systems architecture and software engineering

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Software Engineering Career Outlook

Dr. Francis J. Manning III, a computer science and software engineering faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University

Due to the increasing demand for new applications on mobile devices and tablets, the software development field is growing rapidly.

"The demand for these skills is on the rise and should continue to increase for the foreseeable future," said Dr. Francis J. Manning III, adjunct faculty and academic partner at Southern New Hampshire University. "For skilled practitioners, the future is bright!"

With this concentration, students may be qualified for many software engineering and development roles, including:

Software Engineer

Apply engineering principles and systematic methods to develop programs and operating data for computers.

Secure Software Developer

Identify security vulnerabilities and write secure code to mitigate risks to software and data.

Full-stack Developer

Develop client-side (front-end) and server-side (back-end) software, in addition to designing user experience. 

Computer Systems Analyst

Study computer systems and design ways to improve efficiency within organizations.

Job Growth and Salary

Prospects for software development roles appear promising in the coming years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this increased demand will stem from the continued expansion of software development for artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and other automation applications.1

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, software development positions are projected to increase 25% through 2032, which is much faster than the national average for all U.S. occupations.1


The median annual pay for software development positions was reportedly $127,260 in 2022.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

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What SNHU Graduates Are Saying

Ulugbek Miniyarov, 2021 graduate of SNHU’s BS in computer science programUlugbek Miniyarov '21 

"The Software Reverse Engineering class really helped me understand about the software and the inner working of computer programs in depth. I never had a chance to learn assembly language and reverse engineering. This class helped me shape not only the language but also how CPU and memory actually execute the programs. Also, the interactive guide in the class helped me learn step by step without distracting with unnecessary information."

Courses & Curriculum

Courses within this specialized software engineering program emphasize the design and development of computer software, providing you with the specialized math, science and engineering skills you'll need for career success.

120 Credits

8-Week Terms

100% Online

No Set Class Times

Dr. Cheryl Frederick, executive director of STEM at Southern New Hampshire University

Our expert faculty bring with them decades of experience – as computer scientists, software engineers and beyond – and exhibit strong leadership both in the classroom and their professional careers. This experience helps inform courses and curriculum that can help position graduates for success in a field that's always changing.

For people like Dr. Cheryl Frederick, executive director of STEM at SNHU, that means leading the pack for education innovation. Backed by years of software engineering experience, Frederick was 1 of 4 university faculty members whose proposal was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a $25,000 innovation grant.

Dr. Francis J. Manning III, adjunct faculty and academic partner at SNHU, says that the effort you put into the classwork will strengthen your outcomes and set you up for success in the workplace.

"Computer science requires attention to detail," he said. "The foundations for these technologies are grounded in logic and precision plays a major role in your success."

SNHU also understands the power of putting yourself out there. That's why we strive to provide our students with opportunities to network, experience and compete with peers and professionals across the globe, like:

  • National Cyber League (NCL) competitions: A "virtual training ground" that allows student teams to compete in real-world cyber simulations, the NCL blends practical experience and play. Our students have gone on to make Top 10 placements, and we proudly hold the distinction for producing the first all-female National Cyber League team to ever enter the (cyber) arena.
  • Cyber Security Center of Excellence: Through our Cyber Security Center of Excellence, SNHU proudly supports cyber security students across the globe. To learn more about our contributions to the field, and connect with our academic leaders, visit our Cyber Security Center of Excellence page.

Want to earn credits for what you already know?

Certain work and life experience – like industry-recognized technology certifications, law enforcement training and math knowledge – could save you time and money at SNHU. Learn how you could get credit for work or life experience.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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