Program Overview

Mercer University offers a Master of Science in Software Systems degree. This degree is designed to develop the knowledge and skills to produce high quality designs and high quality code. Students will also acquire valuable techniques for managing cost, schedule, and risk while exploring real-world issues software engineers face within industry. Graduates will have learned how to orient work to best fit client’s and employer’s business needs, enhance ability to effectively communicate in professional settings, and will complete projects involving the latest technologies.

Through coursework students will conduct a software development or maintenance project throughout its entire lifecycle, including requirements analysis, object oriented design, object oriented programming, and testing, using iterative, incremental processes as well as develop high quality lower level designs using Refactoring. Individuals will also create or improve higher level designs using Design Patterns, program proficiently in Java, C++ or C#, develop capabilities in areas such as software architectures, enterprise architectures, software testing, and/or software security, and apply agile software development processes.

Students must complete 30 semester hours, of which 18 hours must be at the 600 level. Course options include Object-Oriented Design I, Object-Oriented Design II, Software Engineering, Disciplined Software Development, Advanced Computational Techniques, Computational Intelligence Applications, Advanced Graphic Interfaces, Object-Oriented Project Methods, Design Problems and Solutions, Design Quality and Maintenance, Software Test, Software Architecture, Software Risk Management, and Lean and Agile Software Development.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Admission of undergraduate students to the integrated Master of Science in Engineering program is only open to Mercer students. The school limits enrollment to students whose grade point average at the end of their junior year is equal to or greater than 3.0. Students must also have the appropriate undergraduate background for the graduate program they select, and must be approved by the department chair.

    School Overview

    Mercer University is a four-year private school located in Macon, Georgia. Mercer was founded in 1833 by Billington McCarthy Sanders as a boys’ preparatory school. MU was originally affiliated with Baptism but is no longer formally affiliated with the Baptist denomination. Mercer has three campuses: the main campus in Macon, a graduate and professional education campus in Atlanta, and a four-year campus of the School of Medicine in Savannah. 

    Mercer University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees. Colleges and schools within Mercer University include:

    • College of Liberal Arts
    • Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics
    • School of Engineering
    • Tift College of Education
    • Townsend School of Music
    • Penfield College
    • Walter F. George School of Law
    • James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
    • School of Medicine
    • College of Pharmacy
    • Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
    • College of Health Professions

    Mercer also offers online and flexible-format degrees through its Working Adult Programs. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend, as well as online. Online programs are taught by the same faculty as traditional classroom programs, and students can earn degrees and certifications at all academic levels.


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