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We offer unique and flexible graduate programs in computer science and software engineering that will enhance your career in the technology capital of the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle Master of Science in Computer Science

The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program offers a curriculum based on theoretical foundations and practical applications. The program is designed for computing professionals seeking advanced study in computer science. Full-time students, registering for two courses per quarter, can complete the program in five quarters. The program also accommodates part-time students who can complete the program in three years.

Seattle University's Science and Engineering

The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program offers a curriculum based on theoretical foundations and practical applications. The program is designed for computing professionals seeking advanced study in computer science. Full-time students, registering for two courses per quarter, can complete the program in five quarters. The program also accommodates part-time students who can complete the program in three years.

The curriculum includes three required advanced courses in core areas of computer science. A set of elective courses ensures students develop a solid, broad understanding of computer science and software engineering. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students are required to complete a project spanning two to three quarters. The project consists of either implementing a software system or carrying out research within computer science. Software implementation projects enhance students’ programming skills and provide hands-on experiences in system design and building. Research projects culminate in a report suitable for publication, and provide excellent preparation for those who are pursuing research careers or further education in a doctoral program.

Seattle University has long been a leader in computer science and software engineering education. It established its pioneering Master of Software Engineering program in 1979, and awarded the world’s first MSE degree in 1982. Our graduate faculty has strong academic credentials and is well connected to the computing industry in the Seattle area.

For comprehensive information about this program, please see the Bulletin of Information.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree, in computer science or related discipline, earned at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 calculated with coursework from all post-secondary educational institutions attended in the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of your bachelor's degree and any post-baccalaureate coursework
  • A 1-2 page letter of intent.
  • Receipt of 2 academic or professional recommendations using the MSCS recommendation form.
  • Academic Transcripts: All applicants are required to submit one copy of official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts are defined as original documents issued by the institution that bear the actual signature of the Registrar -- not a photocopy -- and the seal of the issuing institution. Do not, however, send the original of an academic record that cannot be replaced; obtain a properly certified copy instead.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission. The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission.
  • English Proficiency Exam: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. Applicants are required to receive a minimum passing score of 580 in paper-based test (92 internet-based or 237 computer-based). Equivalent MELAB and IELTS scores are also accepted.

To learn more about our Computer Science and Software Engineering graduate programs visit our website or give us a call at (206) 452-2262. Launch your computer science career at Seattle University today!

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  • 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Wednesday
  • 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Thursday
  • 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday