Bailey Strom-Pillar

Career Change to a Master's in CS

"This program is great at getting you where you want to be. The field is constantly changing, and the ability to jump in to something new and learn as you go is the most important quality you can have as a computer scientist."

Bailey Strom-Pillar CCSF '16, MSCS '18


Seattle University has long been a leader in computer science and software engineering education. It established its pioneering Master of Software Engineering program in 1979, and awarded the world's first MSE degree in 1982. Our graduate faculty has extensive industrial experience as well as strong academic credentials. Our curriculum has been shaped by close contacts with local industry, ensuring that courses are relevant to the work place and that projects are tailored to the professional needs of our students.


Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)

  • Course Only Option
  • Research Option

Master of Science in Computer Science - Software Engineering Specialization (MSCS-SE)

  • Project Option

Master of Science in Computer Science – Data Science Specialization (MSCS-DS)

  • Data Science Capstone Project Option

Applications are no longer accepted for the Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSE)

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A stacked Bar Graph showing SeattleU's Inclusive Diversity versus the National Average

Prospective Students

*URM in CS National Average: Underrepresented Minorities who received a Computer Science Masters in 2016 per


The small class sizes, easily approachable and accessible professors, and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds at Seattle U helped me learn and prepare for my work environment after graduation.

Sukhman Ghumman, MSE '16 Bluetooth SIG
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Bailey Strom-Pillar reflects on her transition to a master's degree in computer science.