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How Graduate School Differs from Your Undergrad Experience

Many people take a break from their studies after earning a bachelor’s degree to get started on their careers. If you’re planning to head back to school to earn a graduate degree, you may think that the experience will be much like your undergrad experience. In fact, there are significant differences.

Student Body

When your classes begin, you’re likely to find that the student body is different from that of a typical undergraduate class. Students pursuing a graduate degree are typically in their late 20’s, 30’s, and older. They are likely to have day jobs in addition to their classes. Many students may be married and/or have children. Having classmates who already have industry experience is good news for you. Getting to know your classmates is an exercise in professional networking. A fellow student may even refer you to the hiring department at his or her company.

Academic Expectations

In graduate programs, students are expected to adhere to rigorous academic standards. Graduate students do have faculty advisors they can turn to for matters such as arranging an internship or selecting courses. However, students are generally expected to require much less “hand-holding” than undergraduate students. While this may mean greater attention to detail on your part, it also means that you’ll have greater autonomy over your own studies.

Student Life

Another key area in which undergraduate and graduate programs differ is student life. As an undergrad, you may have joined campus clubs, sports teams, and other activities, and you may have socialized primarily with other students. As a graduate student, your focus is primarily on your studies and on your career. Graduate students are more likely to live off-campus and less likely to socialize with other students—with the exception of group projects and professional networking events.

When you’re ready to advance your career, check out the opportunities available at Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Our colleges in Seattle offer graduate degrees in computer science and software engineering with college courses taught by dedicated professors. Prospective students can contact us at (888) 457-5227 to request more information.

Picking the Best Graduate Program for You

Each student will have his or her own set of expectations regarding the ideal graduate program. To select the right graduate program for you, take a look at what’s available. Evaluate your choices in light of your priorities. For example, as this video explains, there can be significant differences between one-year and two-year graduate programs.

Two-year graduate programs can offer more flexibility, whereas one-year programs tend to be more focused. Another factor to consider is whether the graduate program offers real-world experience.

When you’re exploring graduate programs in Seattle, be sure to check out the college courses available at Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Visit our website or call us at (888) 457-5227 to find out why so many students have chosen our school.

A Guide to Going to Grad School as an Older Student

Attending a graduate program as an older student isn’t nearly as atypical as you might think. Many individuals pursuing master’s degrees have already gotten a good start on their careers. Yet, to move into a higher position within the company or to execute a complete career change, these people may choose to return to school. Even if you aren’t sure whether you’ll be able to invest the time or money into a graduate degree, it’s well worth it to explore your options.

Understanding the Admission and Graduation Requirements

Before you become a college student again, you’ll need to take a close look at the school’s admission requirements. It’s likely that you will need to update your resume, collect some professional recommendations, and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Before you begin assembling your application package, consider what the graduation requirements are. Review the college course catalog and consider whether the program offers internship opportunities.

Finding the Time to Invest In Your Education

As an older student, it can be difficult to find sufficient time to go to class and work on your projects. This is particularly true of prospective students who intend on continuing to work while they study and for those who have families. However, many graduate programs offer flexible scheduling options, such as evening classes. If you’re married, you can talk to your partner about adjusting the balance of household responsibilities while you’re pursuing your graduate degree.

Financing Your Postsecondary Education

Many students who pursue degrees right after high school rely on their parents for financial support. Older students can seek financial support in the form of federal and state loans, grants, and scholarships. Financial assistance is also available for graduate students who served in the armed services.

At Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, we are passionate about helping students of all ages achieve their academic and career goals. Whether you’ve already made the decision to return to school or you’re still considering it, we invite you to find out more about what our Seattle graduate degrees can offer you. Get started today by giving us a call at (888) 457-5227.

Internship Requirements for the MSE and MSCS Degree Programs

At Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, we firmly believe in the value of providing our students with real-world experience. Students in our graduate program should be aware of the internship requirements for the MSE and MSCE graduate degree programs. All students participating in internships must maintain their full-time status in their graduate programs unless their internship is performed during a vacation quarter.

A college student who is pursuing a one-credit internship must demonstrate no less than 100 hours and no more than 150 hours of work. A two-credit internship must involve no less than 150 hours and no more than 200 hours. Students undergoing a three-credit internship can expect to put in at least 200 hours of work, but no more than 480 hours. The maximum is reduced to 200 hours if the internship is performed during a regular term.

Students in our graduate programs in Seattle can contact their advisors if they have any questions about the internship program. The Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering is available at (888) 457-5227.

Tips for Requesting a Letter of Recommendation for Graduate School

When you apply to graduate school, one of the important parts of the application process is obtaining letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation give graduate schools a clearer picture of you as a student than numbers on transcripts can, and are important indicators of your potential for successful graduate work. If you need to ask for a letter of recommendation for a graduate degree program, these tips will help.

Start by asking for the letter the right way. Don’t ask for a recommendation by email, but rather arrange an appointment to make your request. Ask if the person is able to write you a letter that could be helpful for the application, and if he or she agrees, be prepared to share necessary information about the graduate program, including the type of degree and your future career goals. Ask for your letter at least a month before graduate program applications are due.

If you need help with the admissions process at Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, our admissions counselors are here to help. Call (888) 457-5227 for information about our graduate degrees and graduate certificate programs.

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