• The Working Student’s Guide to Balancing Professional and Academic Obligations

    Many students who are enrolled in graduate programs in computer science or software engineering also work full-time or part-time jobs in order to pay their bills. Because graduate studies are intellectually demanding, some students experience anxiety when attempting to balance their coursework with their job duties. The tips below can help you meet both your professional and academic obligations with less stress.

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    Clearly Understand Your Employer’s Expectations

    You should speak to your supervisor to make sure you understand how many hours you are expected to work, or what your output level should be. If you are employed by a company in the technology sector, your supervisor may be willing to reduce your workload now because he or she knows that the degree you are pursuing will increase the value of your work in the future.

    Don’t Attempt to Take Too Many Classes

    Most programs require that you take a certain minimum number of course units per term in order to qualify as a full-time student. To balance your coursework with your job duties , do not take more than the minimum number of units. The quality of your work both on the job and at school will suffer if you attempt to take too many classes while you are employed.

    Create a Schedule and Stick with It

    Set aside specific blocks of time outside of class each week to study, and also to relax and socialize. Consistency and routine help most students focus, so you should avoid deviating from your schedule as best you can. Don’t be afraid to take short breaks from studying, and make sure you get enough sleep so that you aren’t tired on the job or in class.

    Many students enrolled in graduate programs at Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering successfully work while they are pursuing their degrees. To learn more about our course offerings and how we can help you advance your career, call us at (206) 452-2262 or contact us online.

  • Browse these Resources for Information About Science and Engineering Education

    Pursuing a degree in science or engineering can lead to a lucrative career in a field you enjoy. Software engineers and computer scientists are always in demand and will be increasingly so over the next decade. Check out these links for more information on how to get the most out of your science or engineering studies.

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    Seattle University’s College of Science & Engineering can prepare you for any career path you choose within this expanding field. Call us at (206) 452-2262 for more information on admissions, available financial aid, and upcoming information sessions.

  • 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.