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Fast Growing Careers in Technology [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that one-third of workers in America change jobs every 12 months? The average person changes careers up to seven times during the course of his or her lifetime. Some people change careers due to working in a declining industry, while others are simply ready to take on a new and interesting challenge.

If you’ve been thinking about a new career path, earning your computer science degree can be the start of your journey. Careers in information technology, including software engineering and computer systems analysis, are growing rapidly, with many thousands of new jobs expected by the year 2020. Take a look at this infographic from a graduate school in Washington to see why pursuing a master’s degree in software engineering or computer science could be a smart move for your career. Please share with your friends and family!

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A Look at the Master of Software Engineering Program

A graduate degree in computer science allows you to master the theoretical and practical applications of software development and management. Students enroll in the Master of Software Engineering (MSE) program at Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering in Washington for a variety of reasons, like increasing their job opportunities and responsibilities, in addition to earning a more competitive salary. If you’re interested in taking your career to new heights, keep reading to learn more about our admission requirements and the classes you’ll take.

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Admission Requirements

The specific details of our admissions requirements are available at our website; in general, however, you must hold a four-year degree preferably in computer science or a related field, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00. You must have  al least two years work experience in software development , maintenance or management and supply two professional recommendations. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test and the TOEFL for international students are also required. Please keep in mind that acceptance decisions are a combination of the entire admission package and that strengths in one area can make up for deficiencies in another.

Core Curriculum

As a graduate student in computer science, you’ll take certain required courses, including classes such as Software Project Planning and Ethics and Professional Issues in Computing. Other courses explore algorithm design and data structure. The core curriculum is comprised of 29 credits. Additionally, you’ll take nine credits that involve project-based seminar courses. For your project sequence, you’ll work in a team. Along with your required courses, you can choose from an array of electives. Choose nine credits of electives from computer science classes such as Artificial Intelligence, Software Project Management, and Applied Formal Methods.

Flexible Schedules

Our MSE program offers flexible scheduling for part-time or full-time computer science students, with classes scheduled in the evenings to accommodate your career demands. You can choose a two-year or three-year track with our trimester system, which offers quarters in the fall, winter, and spring and summer.

To start the admissions process, contact Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering. You can reach our admissions office at (206) 452-2262 to request an application or learn more about admissions requirements. More information about our MSE program is available on our website.

Tips for Handling Your First Job Interview

Have you recently earned a Computer Science or Software Engineering Degree? Watch this video to help you prepare for your first interview in the field. 

It’s important to prepare for key interview questions the evening before. You should have an answer ready for why you want to work for a particular company and how your graduate or undergraduate degree has prepared you for a career in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Be ready to discuss why you are the best candidate for the position. When you enter your interview, remember to smile to put the interviewer at ease, and try to be relaxed and professional.

At Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, we offer comprehensive career counseling and networking opportunities. Contact us today at (206) 452-2262 to learn more about what we can do for you. 

Preparing for Your First Job Interview After Obtaining Your Master's in Computer Science

Computer science is a versatile and dynamic field, and your graduate degree in Computer Science will equip you with the skills you need to build a lucrative, exciting career. Whether you pursue a Master of Software Engineering or a Master of Science in Computer Science, prepare for your first job interview with these helpful tips. 

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Dress the Part

The first step to interview success is confidence. Because different companies have different corporate policies, consider researching how employees dress on the job, and then wear something slightly more formal. In most cases, business casual works well for a software engineer or web developer position. Men can opt for a button-down shirt and slacks, and women can wear a blouse and skirt or pants.

Research the Company

You may hold a graduate degree in computer science, but even the highest level of academic expertise will not impress a company if you don’t seem like a good fit. Your best bet is to perform your due diligence, and research the company and position as much as possible before your interview. You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the current marketplace and an active interest in the company’s specific products. Make it clear that you’ve done your research by asking targeted questions and preparing responses to key questions.

Brush Up Your Skillset

Many employers in the field of Computer Science regularly ask their job prospects to demonstrate their technical skills during the interview. To prepare, practice online coding questions, math equations, and brain teasers until you feel comfortable. Remember, the important part is not speed, it is how accurately you can find a solution to a problem.

With strong job prospects and unparalleled opportunities for career growth, there has never been a better time to hold a graduate degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Discover what Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering has to offer you by scheduling a campus visit or giving our admissions office a call at (206) 452-2262 today.

Exploring the Undergraduate Computer Science and Software Engineering Program

Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering is pleased to offer undergraduate students both a Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degree. Recognizing that students study computer science for different reasons, our programs seek to equip students with a solid foundation for understanding the roles of computers in society and the rigorous technical training they need to jump-start an exciting career. Keep reading for a look at your undergraduate degree options. 

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Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Sciences degree provides students with the technical educational background they need to immediately enter the field of software development or continue on to earn a Master of Computer Science or Master of Software Engineering. The BSCS offers both a general course of study and two specializations: business or mathematics. With a business or mathematics focus, a Computer Science student will develop even greater interdisciplinary expertise. Students must earn at least a 2.50 GPA to successfully complete the degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science focuses on giving students a core understanding of how the role of computers has continued to change historically and in modern society today. Students will have greater flexibility in deciding how they would like to apply their acquired computer and software skills, and will be well-prepared for a wide spectrum of careers involving computer applications in less technical areas.

Minor in Computer Science

For students who are interested in computer science or software engineering, the department also offers a computer science minor. Elective computer literacy courses are also available to give students technical skills, complement other areas of study, and provide an introduction to the academic study of computer science.

To learn more about our wide range of available Computer Science degrees and consult with our esteemed faculty about which academic path may be right for you, call Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering today at (206) 452-2262. For more advanced students, our graduate school also offers a Master of Software Engineering and Master of Computer Science. 

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