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UW Bothell Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering

Our program I think is kind of like a link the theoretical part of computer science with
the practical problem that can be solved in the software engineering. [Kelvin]
In typical Master’s only program they approach this education by coursework. We are unique because we are a Master’s only
program and yet if you look our elective classes in different disciplines they are driven by
faculty research. We have a collection of faculty who are constantly
thinking about their field, constantly thinking about the problems in their field. [Gautam]
The professors are amazing. There’s, they really care about what do you
want to work for, what you are working towards. They really care about getting you to learn
new things. There are very few programs out there which
offer this kind of interest and professors who are fascinated by studying this subject. [Aaron]
You’re taking a class on learning about, you know, sort of starting into, you know, a topic
that maybe you’ve never even heard of before and then you find out like oh, the guy teaching
this class, you know, is one of the foremost researchers on this and so he really knows
what he’s talking about, and in some cases literally wrote the book on it, which is pretty
cool. [Kelvin]
In our curriculum we have three main components. We have the foundation. That is what all of, among all of the faculty
would believe that every graduate student should have this background, and then there
are the electives basically saying that, “Hey, students once you have the background take
whatever you like, these are all the classes you can take.” And then there is the capstone where we can
take all student’s education and have them put together in a one system. [Min]
We have the elective courses, which you know deal with a lot of different aspects. For example, machine learning, we have data
science, internet of things, cloud computing, so different fields that the student if they’re
interested in certain field, they can pick like a 20 credits of those elective courses
to boost their understanding. [Gautam]
Having the ability to take different classes across disciplines was really useful because
I without, if, there was a wall that said I couldn’t take cybersecurity classes, I probably
wouldn’t have written my thesis, I probably may not have gotten this job offer at Amazon. [Aaron]
The whole program sort of became a way to move up right away to increase my upward mobility
in the job market and having that degree was a big factor in sort of making me stand out
from the crowd. [Min]
We can learn a lot of things from students. They might bring some topic, some idea that
I never thought about, and when we in the classroom discussion, maybe we are talking
about some of the problems, some of the questions, then we feel like, oh this is the right answer. But they might raise a question and then make
you aware, yeah, there’s some other possibility, some other perspective. [Kelvin]
They bring this really different view, how solutions should look like, and in this way,
you know in my own research program, I benefit from that tremendously just, students have
provided the solutions that will never occur to you, in a hundred years. [Gautam]
I met a really, a bunch of really cool friends and who I still stay in touch with. One of my classmates I believe, he now lives
in Norway and he is a cyber security researcher there. I know a couple of people who work at Amazon
who I still stay in touch with. I think there’s a sense of community and comfort
that may not be available in other places. It’s probably why I’d love to recommend UW

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