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College of Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Type Undergraduate
Credit Hours 132 Hours
Duration 4 Years
Language English
Study mode Full Time
Intake Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Delivery mode Day
Campuses Al Ain, Abu Dhabi


Software Engineering is the application of engineering to the systematic development of software. It is a relatively new area of study and is becoming increasingly critical due to the emerging challenges of building reliable quality software systems. Software Engineers apply theoretical knowledge to design, develop, analyze, and test high quality software systems.

The program will provide you with the skills to design systems, components, and processes to meet desired needs within economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability constraints. You will study courses in software maintenance and evolution, software requirements and specification, software design and architecture, software testing and quality assurance, web design, software engineering, object-orientated design patterns, operating systems, and system and networks administration.

Program educational objectives and student outcomes

Tuition fees structure & calculation

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Tuition is based upon the College and/or Department classification as opposed to the course classification or level. Tuition rates for undergraduate students vary from the tuition rates for graduate students.

The tuition fee calculations are an example only and are based on the assumption that elective courses will be taken with the College that the student is taking their major with. However, if the student selects elective courses outside of this College, the total cost payable may increase or decrease to reflect the tuition rate of the College where the elective is delivered.

Costs of books and supplies are not included in the Tuition and Fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University. Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and fee rates at any time. A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.

For more information, please click here to view the University's tuition fee structure. Fees are subject to change during the year as per government charges and testing bodies.

Career opportunities

Software engineering is one of the most in-demand and fastest-growing occupational fields in the MENA region. A software engineering degree provides not only technical IT skills but also a variety of transferable skills valuable for many job roles, including:

● Software Engineering
● Applications Developer
● Database Manager and Administrator
● Game Developer
● Multimedia Programmer
● Web Developer
● Web Designer
● Software Tester
● Application Analyst
● IT Consultant
● IT Technical Support Officer
● Senior System Analyst and Developer
● System Integrator

Entry requirements

Secondary School Certificate
Type of Secondary School Certificate
Ministry of Education Schools - General Track
Passing math and sciences in grade 12 with a minimum average of 90%
Successfully passing ADU’s remedial course in physics
Achieving the minimum average of 90% on completing grade 12
Ministry of Education Schools - Advanced Track
Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12
Abu Dhabi Education Council Track
Successfully passing 3rd level advanced math and advanced physics courses
Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12
Indian Senior Secondary Certificates (CBSE), or State Board Examinations, or Indian School Certificates awarded by ICSE
Achieving the minimum average of 50% on completing grade 12
British System (IGCSE & GCE)
Completing a total of 7 subjects from either IGCSE level or AS/A2 levels, in at least 4 of the following fields: Mathematics, Languages, Sciences, Social Studies and Humanities, Art and Design; with a minimum required grade of C for the IGCSE level subjects, D for the AS Levels, and E for A2 subjects.

Successfully provide evidence / certificate of completing at least 11 years of schooling.
Canadian & American High School Diplomas
Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12 or its equivalent of overall average B grade or 3.0/ 4.0
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Successfully completing 6 subjects, with at least 2 at the higher level (HL) and a minimum total of 24 points.

Course outline

General Education
25 credit hours
Degree Requirements
59 credit hours
Major Requirements
33 credit hours
Major Electives
9 credit hours
Open Electives
6 credit hours