What will I learn?

Software engineering is the application of engineering practices to software. The WSU software engineering program prepares students for developing and maintaining large and complex software by focusing on advanced courses in software development, testing and validation, maintenance, security, and management and integration—all specialties of high demand among the state’s computing and IT industries. Graduates can pursue a career as a software developer, software engineer, requirements engineer, quality assurance engineer, or project manager in a wide variety of high-tech industries.

This major is also offered at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett.

Strengths of the program

Gain knowledge in all phases of the development and maintenance of complex software.
High and continuously growing demand for people with Software Engineering skills.
Software Engineers typically earn six-figure salaries.
Receive assistance on career goals with the engineering school's industrial advisory board and numerous internship and career contacts.
Receive a solid technical background in math, science, and engineering.
You can join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall at WSU Pullman—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.

Requirements and sample courses

The bachelor of science in software engineering curriculum includes a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences, 28 credits of required core computer science courses, and 21 advanced software engineering and computer science courses.

Featured courses

Here are some of the courses that software engineering majors can expect to complete during their time at WSU:

Software Engineering Principles I and II
Software Requirements
Software Design and Architecture
Software Construction and Maintenance

Suggested strengths, interests, and preparation
Strong aptitude in mathematics and logical thinking

Enjoy riddles, puzzles, and problem solving

Drawn to computers and software applications

Good at mastering some of the more involved strategy games

Aptitude for analytical thinking, such as high school math or science classes

Ability to stick with a difficult problem through its ultimate resolution

Careers

Employment in software engineering is growing rapidly. Software Engineers typically earn six-figure salaries. Graduates can pursue careers as a software developer, software engineer, requirements engineer, quality assurance engineer, project manager, and many others.

Which department am I in?

Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,300.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May, November 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Everett Campus

915 N. Broadway,

EVERETT,

Washington,

98201, United States

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$26,312.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May, November 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Washington State University

370 Lighty Student Services Building,

PULLMAN,

Washington,

99164, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be considered for admission to Washington State University as a freshman, a student needs to complete at least 12 years of school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. (We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.); Schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences; WSU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission as an international freshman.

For international students

To be considered for admission to Washington State University as a freshman, a student needs to complete at least 12 years of school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. (We may consider the first year or two of university in some countries to be secondary level.)

Schooling should include preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences.

WSU requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission as an international freshman.

TOEFL: 80; IELTS: 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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