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.

Reasons to Choose Seattle University's College of Science and Engineering

When you graduate and begin to build your career as a computer science or engineering professional, you’ll work with a team to develop new technology and solve problems. At Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering, our students already have a jumpstart in this area because we encourage a team approach to learning. Not only will you learn how to work with others in your department on various projects, you’ll have the opportunity to work with students from other disciplines for a fully integrated approach to coursework.

Department of Science and Engineering

At Seattle University, we offer you a wealth of undergraduate and graduate degree options. For example, you might choose to major in civil and environmental engineering or you might prefer an interdisciplinary science degree. Whichever path you choose, you’ll graduate with confidence and you’ll be thoroughly prepared to achieve your goals.

Learn more about the computer science department and other flexible program options available at Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering. We invite you to call with your questions at (206) 452-2262 or visit us on the Web.

What Exactly is Computer Science?

If you’re considering majoring in computer science, you can look forward to a career path that is exciting, challenging, and continually evolving. Computer science is particularly ideal for you if you have a keen interest in learning how things work and how to make them better. Graduates with a degree in computer science may find jobs across a wide range of industries: from software companies to libraries and practically everything in between. Keep reading to learn more about computer science and some of the related career paths you might choose.

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Computer science is a field of study that encompasses both theory and practical application. It involves understanding how computers are designed and how to manipulate and transfer information. Computer scientists possess the ability to think in concrete and abstract terms, to analyze problems, and to develop practical solutions.

Software Design

Many graduates with computer science degrees decide to pursue a career in software design. If you choose this path, you might work for a software company or for another business that requires software development, such as a bank. You may be responsible for Web development or mobile application development.

Research and Development

Some computer scientists pursue positions in research at universities or laboratories. They might extend the field’s understanding of computer science theory or develop new algorithms to solve a problem.

Technology Infrastructure Management

One of the more recent trends in the computer science field is the increasing demand for experts to develop and manage the technology infrastructure of various companies. As an information technology (IT) specialist, you might be responsible for providing networking and storage solutions, troubleshooting computer problems, or instructing other employees in the use of technology.

A computer science major from Seattle University's Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering can prepare you for an exciting career. Learn more about our admissions process by calling (206) 452-2262. Or, visit our website for more information.

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!


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.


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. 

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