Software Engineering Bachelor's Degree

Design a safer, sustainable, and more innovative world as a software engineer. Software engineers use engineering principles to design, develop, test, and analyze computer software. These professionals design and develop computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, and middleware, to name just a few of the many career paths.

Your Classes and Labs

During your first two years of study, you'll gain a solid foundation in computer science. Then, in your final two years, you'll specialize in software engineering, focusing on the practical, technical, and security sides of software. There's plenty of hands-on work, lab time, collaboration, and team building. Course topics include:

  • Design
  • Reliability
  • Quality
  • Usability
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Requirements and testing
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Teamwork and management
  • Domain knowledge of an application area


Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Software and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria. Learn more.

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    best return on investment (ROI) of public colleges in Michigan
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  • #5
    best software engineering degrees in the nation

Tomorrow Needs Software Engineers

Software engineering is one of the best-paid careers out there. The mean entry-level salary for a Software Developer is $68,041 (Payscale) with a mean annual wage of $138,110 (BLS) and the top 10 percent making $208,620 (BLS). And the career outlook for software developers, quality assurance analysts, and testers is projected to grow 25% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than average.

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  • Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dated May 2023.

Your Career Opportunities Are Virtually Endless

Career opportunities in software engineering are driven by technologies in many areas, including automotive, aviation, data management, telecommunications, factory control, robotics, defense, and security. You might choose to develop computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, and more. Below are some of the professional positions held by recent Michigan Tech BS in Software Engineering graduates.

  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Scientific Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Quality Engineer
  • Program Manager
  • Project Leader
  • Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Senior Computer Applications Engineer
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Senior Systems Analyst

Our Software Engineering Grads Land Great Jobs

Each year, more than 400 employers come to campus to recruit Huskies at our Career Fairs. Our grads go on to work at Fortune 500 companies, tech start-ups, small businesses, and everything in between. Below are some of the companies that employ Michigan Tech software engineering graduates.

  • American Express
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Boeing
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Burlington North Santa Fe Corporation
  • Cray Research
  • Eastman Kodak
  • General Electric
  • Google
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Motorola
  • SBC Telecommunications Inc.
  • Texas Instruments
  • US Air Force

One of my favorite things about the College of Computing is the number of opportunities there are to find your niche and go out and explore. I've attended conferences and learned all sorts of technologies that I don't think I would have had the chance to do elsewhere.

Marie Zgurich '22 BS in Software Engineering
Marie Zgurich '22
BS in Software Engineering

Ready to take the next step?

Learn more about studying Software Engineering at Michigan's flagship technological university.

Enterprise, Only at Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech Enterprises are student-run business teams providing end-to-end original product development through real-world experiences in engineering design, team building, and project management. Enterprise teams work under the direction of a faculty advisor. Students from across campus participate in Enterprise program teams. 

  • Students in the Husky Game Development Enterprise design and develop games for business, education, and fun. Earn credit, gain experience, and build your resume, all while creating quality software that will attract and satisfy industry sponsors. Who says you can’t work and play?
  • Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) students design, develop, and evaluate human-centered computer interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. 
  • IT Oxygen Enterprise students—from numerous majors—provide Information Technology help to both student organizations and businesses, working on real projects for real companies that foster skills in development, problem-solving, and business.


"I found that I am really happy here. I love it here at Michigan Tech"
Olivia Klevorn, Software Engineering

Computing[MTU] — The future needs you.

Try to imagine a world without computers everywhere. Computing, connectivity, and artificial intelligence have become critically ingrained in nearly every aspect of modern life. This is the world that needs the College of Computing.

Founded in 2019, the College of Computing is one of the first colleges in the nation—and the only college in Michigan—to focus solely on computing.  Digital transformation has morphed every discipline into a computing discipline, and industries like manufacturing, criminal justice, marketing, and health care are all being reinvented by digital technologies. The College of Computing is making sure that today's and tomorrow's employers have the computing talent they need to thrive in this brave new world.

Supercharge your future.

Meet the demands of a technology-driven society at a flagship public research university powered by science, technology, engineering, and math. Graduate with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to succeed in tomorrow's high-tech world.

Undergraduate Majors—Computer Science

Not sure which major is the right fit? Explore Michigan Tech majors and minors.
Or, start with our General Computing program and give yourself time to decide.

Michigan Tech is an amazing school with great people, and the College of Computing has equally amazing programs with even more amazing and friendly people.

Josh Kozlowski, Software Engineering BS, 1st Year
Josh Kozlowski
BS in Software Engineering major