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This is the only research oriented M.Sc. degree in Software Engineering in Bangladesh.

Software engineering is a systematic and disciplined approach to developing software. It applies computer science, mathematics and business principles and practices to the creation, operation and maintenance of software systems. It is now more than an integrated approach of design, development, QA and maintenance rather than only programing. Therefore it becomes increasingly important that while understanding developing technologies and architectures and their influence on software engineering processes, research for novel methods and methodologies on those very issues. The research is the only sustainable way of meeting the ever increasing global demands.

CNN/Money Magazine (2011) just rated software engineering as the number one best job for salary and opportunities []. Software Engineering graduates gain employment as software developers and testers, software architects and designers, team leaders and project managers, and executive-level positions in software development projects. At the same time, the appeal of research and development on new findings gradually creating inroads in this popular market. Even in Bangladesh, world reputed companies like Samsung, LG and many others are opening their research and development centers.

The proposed Master of Science in Software engineering degree will encompass a wide range of activities covering software engineering practice, software architectures, formal design methods, automated verification, computational models and foundations in concord with the traditional computer sciences. Mary Shaw shows in his famous journal on research in software engineering that there are six typical phases in this very new area of research which distinguished software engineering research from other traditional fields like Physics, Chemistry etc. Those are: Basic research, Concept formulation, Development and extension, Internal extension and exploration, External extension and exploration and Popularization. The aim of this proposed program is to introduce those formal phases to the prospective students, and thus to make them ready for this newest challenge in the industry.

This will be an elite degree for those students who have excellent grades and also possess strong communication skills together with an outward worldly focus and personality.

Government ICT Fellowship opportunities are available for Master’s students. Potential Research Areas include but are not limited to: Software Engineering, Information/Cyber Security, Data Science, AI/ML, IoT, Computer Vision, Bioinformatics etc.

For further details please download the MSSE Brochure

Admission Notice, Session: MSSE Session: 2022-23

Applications are invited from the prospective students desiring to take a program for the Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE), 1.5 years program to be offered by the Institute of Information Technology (IIT), University of Dhaka. Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Must have an undergraduate degree in Software Engineering or CS/CSE/IT or equivalent with CGPA at least 3.25 on a scale of 4.00
2. Must have at least CGPA 3.5 on a scale of 5.00 in both S.S.C. & H.S.C. / equivalent examinations, and the total CGPA of S.S.C and H.S.C should be at least 8.00
Candidates having Bachelor degree outside CGPA 4.00 scale or  Foreign Bachelor degree or Grades in O/A Level or Divisions in S.S.C/H.S.C (before GPA system) should contact IIT office before applying
4. Candidates who have completed the undergraduate final examination and expect to get the result by January 15, 2024 can also apply

Admission test will be held in two phases. Written examination consisting of MCQ and Analytical Writing will be held to assess subject knowledge, Analytical ability and English language proficiency. Successful (written test) candidates will have to appear an interview for final selection to enroll in MSSE.

Students enrolled in MSSE will participate in a three semester (one and half year) full time program, where there will be two explicit parts. Half the semester credits will be allocated for theoretical studies to prepare students to do research. The rest will be allocated to do research and formal publications. Interested applicants could look at the Admission Brochure (containing syllabus, rules and regulations) from here and the Online Application Form is available at the website

Schedule for Admission Procedure:

Application start     
Nov 26, 2023 (Sunday)
Last date to submit the application          
Dec 27, 2023 (Wednesday)
Venue & time for written testIIT Building, DU
Dec 29, 2023 (Friday)
10:00-11:30 AM

Date of viva voce Jan 13, 2024 (Saturday)
Starting date of registration Jan 16, 2024 (Tuesday)
Orientation and classes begin Jan 28, 2024 (Sunday)

For latest news on admission please call at 01779482994, 01980587271 [Office Hour: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.]