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.

What Exactly Does a Software Engineer Do?

Computers are everywhere, and users take for granted that they will work properly. Such assurance comes from the diligent effort of software engineers, whose education and training prepare them to get the best out of computer programs.

In this video, you will learn more about what exactly it means to be a computer software engineer. You will analyze and solve programming problems and create framework for code writers. The job is ever-evolving and requires continual training in software languages and communication skills. You may be required to work a very unorthodox schedule, as computer emergencies can happen at any time.

Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering offers graduate programs in Software Engineering and Computer Science. Call us at (206) 452-2262 for more admissions information or to schedule a campus visit today.

Science and Engineering Scholarships that Can Help Fund Your Education

Going to college for an education in the field you love is one of the best career choices you can make, especially if you intend to study science or engineering. Going to school also requires paying tuition that you may not have on hand. Fortunately, there are discipline-specific scholarships available that can help you along, including: 

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Thomas J. Bannan Scholarship

The Thomas J. Bannan Scholarship is available to both current and new transfer students at Seattle University who have junior or senior standing in the fall of the award year. This scholarship is merit based and awards $5,000 per school year. For juniors, this is a two-year away that is subject to academic performance demonstrated by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and participating in the Bannan Scholar Enrichment Program.

Sperry Goodman Scholarship

The Sperry Goodman Endowed Scholarship is Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering incoming freshman majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science. Preference goes to students who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship award is $5,000 and is renewable for a second year provided recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Project Lead The Way© Scholarship

Project Lead The Way© scholarships are $1,000 awards that are renewable for up to four years at Seattle University. The award requires completion of at least one Project Lead The Way© course, though if you take multiple PLTW© courses, you will need to maintain a B average or better in those classes.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships

  • Messina Scholarship – Awards $12,000 per academic year to. All applicants must have at least a 3.75 transfer GPA, and all transfer students are eligible.
  • Xavier Scholarship – Awards $10,000 per academic year. All applicants must have at least a 3.5 transfer GPA, and all transfer students are eligible.
  • Loyola Scholarship – Awards $7,000 per academic year. All applicants must have at least a 3.25 transfer GPA, and only domestic transfer students are eligible.

Seattle University wants you to thrive, and we understand that financial need can be an obstacle for getting the education you deserve. Call us at (206) 452-2262 to learn more about the graduate programs offered at the College of Science and Engineering and the financial aid options available to you.

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. 

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