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.

Career Outlook: Software Engineering and Development

Thanks to society’s increasing dependence on computers, software engineering and development is in great demand. This high-paying career offers excellent job security while also allowing you to feed your love for computers on a daily basis. The first step toward this exciting career is to enroll in a software development graduate program. Here is a bit of information about software engineering and development to help you decide if this is the career for you. 

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Job Requirements

Software developers are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Combined with some hands-on industry experience, you can typically land you a position with just a bachelor’s degree, though a graduate degree in the field will only help. A master’s degree can also increase your starting salary expectation. Your college portfolio can be of assistance. If you can show work experience and share software you’ve developed on your own, prospective employers can better gauge your capabilities and interests.

Salary Expectations

According to the United States Department of Labor, the median income for software developers in 2010 was over $90,000. This salary range provides immediate financial security right out of college. If you want to secure a high-paying job in a field you love, obtaining a Master’s in Computer Science or Software Engineering will give you more of a competitive edge.

Employment Outlook

Software developer employment is expected to grow by 30 percent in the United States in the next decade. Healthcare, another expanding field, is increasingly moving toward electronic medical records and order management systems that require oversight. And with waves of high-end smartphones and tablets hitting the market in the coming months and years, there will be no shortage of demand for highly-skilled software developers to create games and apps.

If you want to become a software developer, contact the College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University to get started. We offer flexible graduate programs in Computer Science and Software Engineering that will enhance your career opportunities in the technology capital of the Pacific Northwest. Call us at (206) 452-2262 for information on admissions, financial aid, or to arrange a campus visit.

Why a Master's Degree is Important When it Comes to Computer Science


If you are interested in a career in computer science, a Master’s Degree from Seattle University equips you will the skills you need to work in science, technology, or education.  This fast-growing field demands marketable skills in software engineering and hands-on experience. Here are three reasons why a Master’s of Computer Science or a Master’s of Software Engineering can give you a competitive edge:

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Do you want to invest in a graduate degree that is designed to meet the needs of the contemporary job market? As the world becomes increasingly technology-driven, the global marketplace demands individuals who both understand and can improve upon current computing technologies. In the current economic downturn, a Master’s degree in Computer Science guarantees job stability with the skills you need to earn more—and to make the world a better place.  

Marketable Skills

A Master of Science in Computer Science or a Master of Software Engineering gives students a solid foundation in coursework even as it prepares them to use their degrees to solve real-world challenges. Seattle University’s award-winning faculty offers personalized instruction, and with the technology capitol of the Pacific Northwest at your backdoor, you will gain industry experience and establish professional contacts while earning your degree.  

Increased Earning

When you invest in graduate education, you want your hard work to pay off. Whether your goal is to advance your career or to eventually work toward a Ph.D., a Master’s degree gives you the professional training and scholarly exposure you need to take your career to the next level. And when you become a specialist in the field, you will increase your earning power exponentially. Perhaps that is why a Master’s of Computer Science tops Forbes magazine’s list of best Master’s degrees for jobs.

Whether you are a full-time student or a working professional, jump-start your career today with a Master’s of Computer Science or Master of Software Engineering from Seattle University. To learn even more about our computer science degrees, call (206) 452-2262 today.

Applying to Seattle University

Are you considering applying to Seattle University? In this video, admissions counselor Andre Frangi offers prospective students tips on how you can make your application stand out from the rest.

Applying to a graduate program is much more targeted and succinct. Each program lists very detailed information on what the application should consist of.When an admissions counselor reads your application, he or she is looking for a compelling reason to admit you. Make your case with a thoughtful personal statement that tells the university something about you that your transcripts may not reveal.

Also, an applicant does not need to have the entire package ready to apply. That is, one can make an application and then take the GRE and have scores sent after the application has been made. It is much better to meet the app deadline and have parts come in later. This can also be done online. 

Whether you are a software engineer interested in interning at Microsoft or a computer science student ready to take your career to the next level, Seattle University has the academic tools and professional resources you need for a promising future. Visit our website or call us today at (206) 452-2262 to find a degree program that’s right for you. 

Seattle University's College of Science and Engineering

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Whether you are a full-time undergraduate student, considering post-baccalaureate work, or pursuing graduate education, Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering offers a range of degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering. As you prepare for a career in science and technology, Seattle University is committed to helping you establish the strong foundation of knowledge and skills that will help you find your perfect career. Learn more about our degree programs here:

Undergraduate Study

Do you want to major in a field where you can apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom to real-world issues? Whether you want to major in a basic science like biology, are considering a degree in computer science, or want to design your own interdisciplinary program, Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering will help you develop the skills you need. Our acclaimed faculty teaches small courses to some of the best students in the Pacific Northwest, and the city of Seattle offers innumerable internship opportunities so you can apply your coursework to internships at Boeing, Microsoft, or AT&T (to name just a few). Our advisors will guide you every step of the way.

Graduate Work

Whether you are looking for a career change or want to increase your current earning potential, Seattle University’s three paths for graduate work will further your science and engineering education and give you a competitive edge in the job market. Our post-baccalaureate Heath Studies Certificate gives students the science background they need to prepare for a career in medicine, while our acclaimed Master of Software Engineering was the first of its kind in the nation. Finally, the Master of Science in Computer Science prepares our students for lucrative careers in technology.

Whether you are just beginning your studies, considering graduate work, or looking for a change mid-career, contact Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering at (206) 452-2262 today to learn more about our full-time and part-time programs.

Browse Through these Resources to Learn More About the Benefits of Pursuing a Degree in Computer Science

If you want to step into the digital age ready to pursue a high-paying and low-stress career in software engineering or computer-programming, Seattle University can help you with undergraduate and Master’s programs housed in the technology hub of the Pacific Northwest. 

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With our superior teaching staff and networking opportunities, Seattle University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering can ensure that our students leave prepared to tackle the complex problems that lie ahead. For more information, call (206) 452-2262. 

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