Applications for Fall 2023 Open on October 1st
MSSM Program Details:
16 Month Format
Take your studies a step further and gain hands-on experience at an internship in the software industry.
The 16-month program allows more experienced professionals to advance their careers while providing a gateway to the software industry for new technologists or those ready to pivot careers.
- 16 months (August-December), with summer internship & additional fall semester
- Ideal for candidates seeking more professional experience or to pivot careers
The 16 month program curriculum requires students to complete a minimum of 144 units of course work over three semesters and a summer: Fall, Spring & Fall, plus a summer internship.
- Only two-12 unit mini courses may be completed at one time due to the high time commitment required for each.
- Students must have a minimum QPA of 3.0 to graduate.
- For additional details regarding degree requirements, review our full Graduate Student Handbook.
As part of the MSSM curriculum, students complete courses in the following areas:
Foundations of Software Management
Product Management & Software Product Strategy
The Business of Software
Agile Marketing for High Tech Innovation
Organizational Behavior for High Tech Knowledge Industry
Finance for Entrepreneurial Ventures
Metrics for Software Managers
Process & Project Management
User-Centered Methods for Product Innovation
Software Product Definition
Product Definition & Validation
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Integrated Innovation for Large Scale Problems
Human-Computer Interaction & User Experience Design for Managers
Open Source Software
Intro to Cloud Computing
Architecture & Programming Principles
Mobile Apps for the Internet of Things
Architecture Principles for Product Managers
Practical Experience: Summer Internships
All 16 month MSSM students complete a summer internship to put their skills learned to use in a practical, hands-on setting. Students often land internships at companies like Salesforce, Google, Amazon, and more.
Product/Program Management Intern, ServiceNowAs a Product/Program Operations intern, I started participating in a new product’s discovery phase by shadowing the senior PM. This also helped me understand the current product lifecycle process, planning strategies, and overall understanding of the dynamics of the organization. This was also an opportunity for me to create a huge impact by creating recommendations for the Go-To-Market strategy to increase adoption and customer engagement for the apps in the ServiceNow Innovation Lab.
Product Manager Intern, Google X
I got an incredible opportunity to work on an innovative product enabling internet connectivity to underserved communities through light beams. I focused on product growth features and strategies for acquisition and adoption. Outside of Product Management, I was able to test my idea for a technical problem with a team in Sub-Saharan Africa! Being able to own and drive ideas end-to-end helped me develop two key skills: one, being scrappy, hands-on and the other, developing big-picture thinking and influencing stakeholders to see value in an idea that aligns with the product vision.
Software Engineer Intern, Salesforce
"I was an intern in the quality engineering team, and I mostly focused on test Execution and Coverage Dashboard. The full-stack quality engineering team does the work across frontend, backend, and mobile. The dashboard gives the team clear information about the summary and the details across the areas. I applied computer science as well as software management knowledge to real industrial environments, which consolidated my domain knowledge gained from MSSM. The intern journey gave me the opportunity to explore the work in big tech companies and it paved the way for entering the industry."
Software Management Practicum
Apply the lessons of software management to real-world projects at leading companies.
You'll act as a consultant to companies on complex software problems, working as a team to develop a project plan and detailed statement of work. At the end of the semester, you’ll present your solution to your clients.