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    Graduate Projects at the College of Science and Engineering

    Last updated 22 hours ago

    Graduate projects are an important part of completing both the Master of Software Engineering and Master of Science in Computer Science degree programs at Seattle University. These capstone projects are designed to give students hands-on experience that will translate into their professional lives long after graduation. 

    The graduate projects span three courses across three quarters. Students typically take them at the very end of their graduate studies. Each project is tied to a local Seattle business that has a real need in the engineering or computer software fields. Students work with teams led by faculty supervisors and stay in close contact with the company behind their project to manage goals and deadlines. Projects typically involve computer science research or software implementation.

    Are you interested in learning more about Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering graduate programs? Our admissions team is on hand to answer all of your questions about applying to graduate school. Call (206) 452-2262 to learn more. 

    Writing a Personal Statement for Your Graduate School Application

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Your personal statement for your graduate school application is your chance to really sell yourself as a student to the admissions board. Unlike the formal application, your transcripts, and your test scores, your personal statement is an opportunity to show exactly who you are and why you’re a good fit for the program.

    Watch this video for tips on penning that all-important personal statement. Let your personality shine in your writing. The admissions team wants to know who you are and what you plan to do with your education, so stay away from stilted, academic writing and instead write from the heart.

    To learn more about applying to Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, visit our website or set up an appointment with one of our graduate school admissions counselors. Find out more by calling (206) 452-2262. 

    Strategies to Help Finance Your Graduate School Education

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Graduate school is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of your field and position yourself for career advancement. However, many students hesitate to apply because they are concerned about footing the bill. The good news is that there are several different approaches you can take to funding this investment in your future. Here are some ways you can get the money you need for graduate school.

    Explore Scholarships

    Scholarships aren’t just for undergrads. Most graduate schools offer scholarship opportunities for students based on both need and merit. The financial aid office can provide information about scholarships offered through the school for which you may be eligible. You should also research scholarship opportunities outside of the school that could help pay for your education.

    Ask Your Employer

    If you’re already employed, check with the human resources department at your company to see if there any education reimbursement programs on offer. Companies will often pay for at least a portion of an employee’s graduate education, particularly if he or she is seeking a degree in an area that relates to the company’s business. In some cases, tuition reimbursement programs come with a requirement that you commit to staying at the company for a set amount of time after you receive your degree.

    Borrow Wisely

    Most students have to rely on student loans to cover at least part of their graduate school educations. Government loans, such as Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS loans, usually offer the best terms for students. Private loans are also available. Be sure to weigh up how much you’re borrowing versus your projected future earnings with your new education to make sure the numbers add up.

    For help funding your graduate degree at Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, make an appointment with one of our financial aid counselors. We offer scholarships, payment plans, and more ways to help you meet the cost of your education. Get more information by calling (206) 452-2262. 

    A Look at Seattle University's Career Change Path to CS Master's Degree

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Are you ready to make a career change or set yourself on a path for advancement in your current job? If so, the Career Change Path to CS Master’s Degree could be the perfect program for you. This fast-paced graduate degree program from Seattle University consists of evening classes designs to fit into your working schedule. Here is an overview of how the program works.

    Programming Boot Camp

    In order to enter this graduate program, prospective students must have an undergraduate degree plus proof of course work or work experience in computer programming and data structures. Students who have an undergraduate degree but no programming experience must enroll in programming boot camp. Boot camp is an intensive 12-week program held during the summer months. After successfully completing programming boot camp, students can enroll in the main program.

    Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Fundamentals

    The graduate certificate program is the true first step in earning this CS Master’s degree. To earn the certificate, students must complete three courses in software design, computer system principles, and algorithms and analysis. The courses are offered across three quarters, with each class meeting two evenings per week.

    Master of Science in Computer Science

    With successful completion of the graduate certificate program, students can enter the Master of Science in Computer Science program without taking the GREs. The program is open for both full and part-time enrollment and combines both advanced computer science courses plus electives.

    Is this the right graduate program for you? To find out what path is best for you, meet with a counselor in Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. We can help you select the right education for your career goals and your schedule. You can learn more about our curriculum, admissions, and courses by calling us today at (206) 452-2262.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Graduate School Experience

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Receiving your letter of acceptance into graduate school is an exciting experience. Before you start picking your classes, however, it’s a good idea to set some expectations and goals for yourself. Doing so can help you get the most out of your time at graduate school. For example, your list of expectations may include achieving a certain grade point average (GPA) and networking with your fellow students to further your career objectives. Be sure to set realistic expectations to avoid placing excessive pressure on yourself.

    Graduate school is a perfect opportunity to become more involved. In fact, many prospective students choose to apply to certain schools in part because they have a reputation for community service. Complement your studies with community service initiatives and getting involved in on-campus activities, such as career planning events. Get involved in class by actively participating in the discussion and asking questions. Being an active participant in your own education lends itself to an incredible graduate school experience.

    At Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, we encourage our graduate school students to become involved on campus and in our community. For more information about pursuing a graduate degree in Seattle, call (206) 452-2262.

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