• Skills Needed to Be a Successful Software Engineer

    What do you want from your career? It’s likely a question that has come up again and again during your undergraduate education, and perhaps for several years after. The computer science field is extremely versatile, and as this video with an EA software engineer shows, it can offer much more than job security and a competitive salary.

    Software engineering is about more than writing code; employers also value a close attention to detail and the ability to creatively solve problems in real-world applications. Professional software engineers must also be able to manage their workload to effectively meet deadlines and collaborate on group projects.

    The Seattle University College of Computer Science & Engineering has been a leader in its field for decades, and our graduate programs are catered to meet the needs and interests of working professionals. Follow the link to learn more about our Master of Software Engineering program , or call (206) 452-2262 to request more information.

  • Joining the Software Engineering Program at Seattle University

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    Seattle University pioneered the first Master of Software Engineering (MSE) program in 1979 and awarded the first degree in 1982, and since then we have designed a comprehensive curriculum to develop professional skills and provide advanced study in areas of interest. Admission to our MSE program is fairly competitive, which is why we’ve developed this short guide to help potential applicants set themselves up for success.

    Where to Start

    In addition to an application and a four-year degree in a related field, other admission requirements for the MSE program at Seattle University include the following: a current résumé reflecting at least two years’ full-time work experience, a Master of Software Engineering Application form demonstrating a working knowledge of at least one programming language, a professional autobiography, and two professional recommendations. Ideally, recommendation letters should describe the specific nature and quality of your work.

    About the Program

    The MSE program at Seattle University is designed to build upon applicants’ professional background and develop teamwork and problem-solving skills. In addition to a balanced core curriculum of technical and managerial courses, our program also provides a variety of elective streams. All courses are offered at night, and a part-time student can complete the 47 required graduate credits in as little as three years.

    Application Tips

    For a strong graduate school application , plan early enough to get all of the required material together (recommendations, test scores, application paperwork) well before deadline. Working students may also want to consider how coursework may impact their professional obligations and plan accordingly—even if courses are not during normal work hours, it is still important to allot enough time for the projected course load. Applicants should also be prepared to address weaker parts of their educational or professional record.

    Find out why Seattle University is considered the Technology Capital of the Pacific Northwest and visit us online or call (206) 452-2262 to RSVP for the next upcoming information session for our MSE program .

  • Debunking Myths About Graduate School

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    Graduate school is a major commitment, and dedicating a few years of your life towards another degree can be understandably intimidating. However, it’s important to look at all of the pros and cons of a graduate education and how it can help your future career prospects. Check out this brief article from Seattle University College of Science & Engineering to clear up some common misconceptions about grad school and career prospects.

    Myth #1: It Takes Too Much Time and Money

    School may not come cheap, but it is an investment in your future. Statistics show that graduate degree holders earn an average of 38.3 percent more than those with a bachelor’s degree in the same field. Fortunately, scholarships and fellowship funding is generally more available for grad students than undergrads, and many employers offer educational benefits. Computer science programs at Seattle University are designed to accommodate working professionals, and part-time students can complete our MSE or MSCS programs in as little as three years.

    Myth #2: Only Top-Ranked Programs are Worthwhile

    Program rankings can be helpful for finding a high-quality education in your area, but it’s not the entire story. Many schools work closely with major employers to provide recent graduates with career leads, but employers typically don’t hire applicants from a résumé and degree alone. A reputation is no replacement for the ability to showcase your skill set and resourcefulness in a workplace environment.

    Myth #3: My Undergraduate Record Isn’t Good Enough

    Life happens, and even less-than-remarkable undergraduate record doesn’t mean you’ll be automatically rejected. Admissions committees also pay attention to recommendation letters work experience, and other notable accomplishments. You may even take a few grad courses to bolster your transcripts and demonstrate your initiative before applying.

    Seattle University was the first institution to award a Master of Software Engineering degree in 1982, and our College of Computer Science & Engineering has remained at the forefront of graduate computer science education ever since. Learn more about our computer science graduate programs online and contact us at (206) 452-2262 to RSVP to our next information session.

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  • A Look at the Redhawk Network Mentor Program

    A quality education is about more than developing your professional skills; it is also about building a network of professional relationships to establish your career after college. To that end, the College of Science & Engineering at Seattle University offers the Redhawk Network Mentor Program to help you jump-start your goals.

    Redhawk Network

    The Redhawk Network Mentor Program is designed to help students develop a professional network, gain experience, and establish career leads. To access the Redhawk Network Mentor Database, all you have to do is RSVP to one of several training sessions hosted by Career Services.

    Seattle University is the Technology Capital of the Pacific Northwest and is recognized as one of the top 10 universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report. Follow the link to reserve your spot, or contact a representative at the Seattle University College of Computer Science & Engineering by calling (206) 452-2262 today.