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GRC launches new articulation agreement with Northeastern University, Seattle

By Andy Orr, program manager, BAS in Software Development, April 17, 2018

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Green River College students graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development will be eligible for direct admissions into Northeastern University, Seattle’s Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS), thanks to a new a new articulation agreement between the two schools.

Under the agreement, students who complete a Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development at Green River with a 3.5 GPA or higher are eligible for direct admission into the program. Students with a GPA of less than 3.5 will also be considered for admission and are encouraged to apply.

Northeastern University, Seattle (NU Seattle) also waives the application fee for Green River graduates and offers a generous 25% tuition discount to admitted students for the duration of the MSCS program, provided they remain in good academic standing.

“Green River appreciates the genuine partnership with faculty and staff in the MS Computer Science program at NU Seattle,” Ken Hang, Software Development instructor, Green River College, said. “We value the shared philosophy between our two programs, emphasizing core knowledge of computer science fundamentals while providing opportunities for students to apply what they learn through project-based, experiential learning.”

The articulation agreement provides a bridge to graduate-level study for Green River students, and offers a powerful example of community colleges and universities partnering to expand opportunities leading to high-demand software careers.

“Our Master of Science in Computer Science prepares students for a variety of careers in computer science,” Jackie Saarenas, associate director, NU Seattle Graduate Advising and Student Services, said. “The program combines both computing and important application domains, enabling students to increase their broad-based knowledge while focusing on curricular concentrations such as Artificial Intelligence, Database Management, Graphics, Networks, and Software Engineering.”

“NU Seattle graduates work at Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Zillow, and a host of other tech companies in Seattle and around the US,” Ian Gorton, professor and director, NU Seattle Computer Science, added. “We facilitate internships for 90% of our students during their degree, with salaries of $5K to $8K per month. This gives students valuable experience and frequently leads to a full-time position after graduation.”

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