Software Engineering and Management (MSEM)

Fact File

Title of the Course
Software Engineering and Management
Type of Course Master
Duration of Study
ECTS Credits
Language of Instruction
Programme Start Winter Term
Campus Heilbronn
Application Deadline
June 1st (Center for International Students in Konstanz) and July 15th for Heilbronn University

Career Prospects

Where the technological, organisational and entrepreneurial aspects of software development meet, you enter the exciting world of Software Engineering and Management...

At the heart of complex, multi-dimensional organisations, software engineering involves more than just the development of modern information systems. Consequently, software engineers need to move beyond the boundaries of  their job-specific expertise and enhance their professional profiles by acquiring managerial and interpersonal competences. Software engineers who aim to be future business leaders should not only possess such multiple skills, but should be able to translate theoretical knowledge into business practices, engender interdisciplinary dialogues and communicate successfully in an international and intercultural environment.

The M.Sc. Software Engineering and Management has been tailored to the needs of students who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches and seek a good foundation for their future careers. It enables them to interact effectively, confidently and responsibly in increasingly complex, multidimensional work environments of software development- anywhere on the globe.

Prospective employers of our graduates are internationally operating companies which require a broad range of skills as well as specific expertise in software development. Alternatively, job openings may be provided by small and medium-sized enterprises which develop software solutions for larger companies. Finally, by successfully completing this Master programme, our graduates will be well equipped to set up their own business or to develop and perform software projects all over the world.

All in all, the global world is characterised by steadily expanding world-wide networks, on the one hand, and a global shortage of IT experts, on the other. As a result, there is a growing demand for software engineers who can look forward to well-paid positions in industry. Thus, the job prospects for Master students in this field are highly promising.



Job prosperity in software engineering not only depends on subject knowledge but also on project and change management experience. Moreover, intercultural and interpersonal competences are crucial for Software Engineers who seek to take appropriate management decisions and to act confidently and responsibly in a challenging business environment.

For this reason, the Faculty of Informatics has designed this postgraduate programme to qualify first-degree graduates for management and leadership positions in international IT organisations.

Furthermore, this course has been created in close consultation with business, industry and the engineering professions to ensure the employability of the prospective graduates. Cooperating companies are, inter alia, AUDI AG, Daimler AG, Bosch Engineering GmbH, Würth GmbH and SAP AG.


Programme Structure

The M.Sc. Software Engineering and Management has been planned for a full-time study and can be obtained in three semester, so in 18 months.
The first two semesters provide a sound theoretical basis. Using case studies and working in teams not only improves analytical and problem solving capacities but familiarizes the students with methodological and creative problem-solving techniques and the relational skills which are vital for future business leaders.
As subject knowledge, the Master´s Programme embrace computer science, applied software engineering, information systems in business as well as leadership, interpersonal and intercultural competences.
The third semester is dedicated to the Master’s Thesis which is accompanied by a colloquium.


Entry Requirements

An excellent or good European first degree (210 ECTS and a German average grade of 2.5 or better) or an equivalent international qualification (to judge we need the ASK certification)

  • in computer science or a closely related field, or
  • in another field if the applicant submits proof of academic or/and vocational experience in computer science gained over a period of at least three year

Applicants who have achieved a minimum of 180 ECTS credits may also apply; they will be requested to obtain an extra 30 ECTS credits in appropriate Bachelor programmes at Heilbronn University (e.g. in the Bachelor's programme Software Engineering).

A high level of proficiency in English (not older than two years at date of enrollment, expecting CAE) equivalent to at least:

  • TOEFL paperbased version 550, or
  • TOEFL computer-based version 213, or
  • TOEFL internet-based version 79 (TOEFL code for Heilbronn University 2751), or
  • IELTS  minimum 6.0, or
  • Cambridge Certificate (CAE) minimum C.

For further information about the admission requirements as well as for the statues of the M.Sc. Software Engineering and Management please visit our website "Application".



For further information about the Master’s Programme e.g. about the course fees and other expenses, application or enrollment procedures and, certainly, in the case of questions, problems etc. during your academic studies at Heilbronn University please contact:

MSEM - Master's Programmes Office
Heilbronn University
Max-Planck-Straße 39
74081 Heilbronn

Phone: +49 7131 504 699
Fax:      +49 7131 252 470


For further information about the MSEM please follow the link for the detailed course description.