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The Development of a Graduate Curriculum for Software Assurance

July 2013 White Paper
Mark A. Ardis (Stevens Institute of Technology), Nancy R. Mead

In this paper, the authors describe the work of the Master of Software Assurance curriculum project, including sources, process, products, and more.

Publisher:

CERT

Abstract

One of our challenges as educators is timely incorporation of research into curricula that can be adopted by universities to ultimately improve software engineering practice. In this paper, we describe the work of the Master of Software Assurance curriculum project. This includes our sources, process, products, adoption strategies, and early adoption experiences. The project used research results, prior curricula, and documented bodies of knowledge to develop a new curriculum. We are now working with early adopters and employing a number of transition mechanisms as part of our strategy to further adoption in this critical area.