Summary: New Guidelines for Graduate Software-Engineering Education
Mark Ardis, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tom Hilburn, email@example.com; and Art Pyster,
A new set of guidelines for graduate software-engineering education was recently published by
Stevens Institute of Technology. These recommendations were developed by a coalition formed
in 2007 from academia, industry, government, and professional societies called the Integrated
Software and Systems Engineering Curriculum (iSSEc) project, to create a reference curriculum
that reflects current development practices and the greater role of software in today's systems.
The report, titled Graduate Software Engineering 2009 (GSwE2009): Curriculum Guidelines for
Graduate Degree Programs in Software Engineering, is available at http://www.gswe2009.org.
Earlier versions of this work used the name "Graduate Software Engineering Reference
One of the primary goals of the iSSEc project was the incorporation and integration of systems-
engineering knowledge and practices into graduate software-engineering programs. Large
systems today include significant software content. The software engineers who work on these
systems need to understand better the relationships between hardware, software and human
components. INCOSE has been an active member of the iSSEc project, participating in
authorship, review, and promotion of the effort.
We are indebted to the many experts who helped create the guidelines. A complete list of those
participants and their supporting organizations is included in the report. We are especially