Master’s in Software Engineering Bridge Program

Bridge (Master of Science in Software Engineering)

Offered By: College of Engineering and Technology

Transition Into the Tech Field With an Online Master’s in Software Engineering Bridge Program

Take the first step toward a career in software engineering. The Master of Science in Software Engineering bridge program at Grand Canyon University provides those who have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field the opportunity to build a strong foundation for a career as a software engineer.

This program is specifically designed to help you transition into the tech field without a bachelor's degree in a directly related field. You will be taught the skills and knowledge needed to work toward a master's in software engineering, regardless of your educational background. Whether you have a background in a related field or possess a passion for problem-solving and creativity, this program can provide a transformative path toward realizing your aspirations in the exciting and expanding tech sector.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and you’re now looking to pursue your MS in Software Engineering, this program may be right for you. Embrace the chance to bridge the gap between your current expertise and the world of software engineering.

Completing your master’s in software engineering bridge program online offers flexibility without sacrificing academic rigor. GCU’s online learning management system provides our learners with an education without taking away from an already busy schedule.

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Software Engineering Bridge Program Course Topics

The importance of technology is only continuing to grow and be an integral part in our modern world.1 Given this significance, software engineers can anticipate a range of topics and skills to be taught in this bridge program. In addition to the engineering bridge program’s five fundamental courses, you will also participate in hands-on skills that dive deep into these topics:

  • Calculus and analytic geometry: Study calculus and its application in practical contexts, including how it is used by software engineers. These high-level advanced math concepts are taught in context.
  • Computer programming: Explore fundamental concepts of programming languages, focusing on object-oriented programming techniques as well as troubleshooting, problem-solving and basic algorithm knowledge.
  • Java: Explore the Java programming language in further depth, gaining knowledge and skills in topics including file I/O, generics, collections, multi-threading, networking and unit testing.
  • Algorithms and data structures: By focusing on your application, you will learn how to use algorithms in the software engineering process. Discover basic strategies for employing algorithms to solve real computational problems.

Career Opportunities With a Software Engineering Master’s

GCU’s MS in Software Engineering bridge program was designed for those with limited to no experience in software engineering. Our bridge program teaches transformative solutions to individuals seeking to bridge the skills gap and unlock their potential in this ever-evolving industry. Those looking to make a career change can benefit from focusing on the fundamental skills and advanced concepts, attainable through a MEd in STEM, to seek potential positions that can include:

  • Architectural and engineering manager
  • Database architect
  • Software developer
  • Software quality assurance analysts and testers
  • Postsecondary engineering teacher

Software engineers may have the opportunity to pursue roles within industries such as application development, game development, insurance, technology, education and financial.

Take Software Engineering Courses From an Accredited University

As a university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, GCU delivers high-quality education. With knowledgeable faculty, a curated curriculum and resources, you'll be taught to navigate tech challenges and seize opportunities.

Master’s in Software Engineering Bridge Program FAQs

Understanding what is required for a master’s in software engineering can be complex. We have gathered a few frequently asked questions to help provide essential information when trying to decide if this alternative pathway is for you. Empower yourself with the knowledge you need to explore this exciting opportunity.

The engineering bridge program requires a total of 20 credits for completion. Most of the software engineering courses are seven weeks in length. Fill out the form on this page to speak to a university counselor to better understand how long it can take to complete this bridge program.

It is essential to research individual university requirements and program offerings to determine if there are any prerequisites, exceptions or alternative paths for admission to a master's in software engineering program without a bachelor's degree in a related field. This bridge program provides a path to apply to the master’s in software engineering program at GCU if you hold a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field.

Typically, to pursue a master's degree in software engineering, a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as computer science, software engineering or a related engineering discipline, is required. A bachelor's degree provides the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to seek advanced studies in software engineering at the master's level. However, this bridge program allows individuals without a bachelor's degree in a directly related field to pursue a master's in software engineering. It is specifically designed to provide the necessary foundational coursework that might be missing from the applicant's educational background.

Enrolling in GCU’s online software engineering master’s bridge program can be your first step toward transforming your career into one you find rewarding. To learn more about the pathway, fill out the form on this page and a university counselor will reach out.

1 Watters, Ashley (2022, Feb. 3). Crucial Information Technology Statistics and Facts to Know. CompTIA. Retrieved on August 1, 2023.

Total Credits: 20
Online: 7 weeks
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Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Online: $485 per credit
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20 credits
Degree Requirements:
20 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course provides a rigorous treatment of the concepts and methods of elementary calculus and its application to real-world problems. Topics include a brief review of linear, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions; understanding and calculating limits, continuity, and derivatives as rates of change; differentiation rules including derivatives of polynomials, exponentials, trigonometric, and logarithmic functions; product and quotient rules, the chain rule, and implicit differentiation; related rates, curve sketching, maximum and minimum problems, mean value theorem, linear approximation, indeterminate forms, and L’Hospital’s rule; and applied optimization problems, antiderivatives, and approximating areas under the curve. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-250 or MAT-261.

Course Description

This course provides a rigorous treatment of the concepts, methods, and applications of integral calculus and is the second course in a three-course sequence. Topics include definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus, and integration rules; arc length, solids of revolution, and physical applications; techniques of integration including improper integrals and an introduction to differential equations; polar coordinates, parametric equations, infinite sequences, and series; power series and conic sections; and vector arithmetic, dot product, and projections. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-252.

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental concepts and syntax of the Java programming language. The course focuses on object-oriented techniques in Java with an emphasis on problem solving and fundamental algorithms.

Course Description

This course focuses on software development using the Java programming language. The course focuses on advanced object-oriented techniques in Java along with advanced topics including file I/O, generics, collections, multi-threading, networking, and unit testing. Prerequisite: CST-105.

Course Description

This course covers classical algorithms and data structures, with an emphasis on implementation and application in solving real-world computational problems. The course focuses on algorithms for sorting, searching, string processing, and graphs. Students learn basic strategies to evaluate divide-and-conquer, recursive backtracking, and algorithm efficiency. Hands-on activities focus on writing code that implements concepts and algorithm implementation techniques. Prerequisite: CST-210 or CST-239 or CST-135 or CST-250 or CST-227.


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