Why Study Computer Science at Madonna University?
- Provides a solid foundation in software development as well as theoretical and algorithmic foundations
- Offers elective courses in cutting-edge technologies such as web design and mobile applications development as well as coursework that provides cooperative employment opportunities enabling students to gain experience in computer operations, software development, and practical software projects
- By complementing technical courses with a solid liberal arts education, a Madonna Computer Science graduate obtains not only the solid technical skills but also the strong interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills that are a necessity in the business world today
- Alumni of the Computer Science program have successfully pursued graduate degrees and most graduates have found sustainable employment including some who have jobs at highly regarded technology companies such as Google and Microsoft
The mission of the Computer Science program at Madonna University is to promote intellectual growth by providing students with a sound foundation in both applied and theoretical computer science concepts, preparing them for the constantly changing technologies of the future.
With small class sizes, students interact directly with faculty who teach from real-world computer science experience. Students are challenged and stimulated by several courses in software development and web design and have the opportunity to gain work experience through cooperative opportunities. Students are required to meet with their Computer Science faculty advisor multiple times a year to ensure they are on track for graduation. Alumni of the Computer Science program have pursued graduate degrees and others have careers in highly regarded technology companies.
Computer science is a broad discipline that deals with the analysis, design and synthesis of computer systems and their applications. Computer scientists develop the programs that run computers, from the small ones in your pocket to the large ones on space shuttles and Mars rovers. A wide array of areas utilize computer scientists among them the entertainment industry, engineering, government, medicine, manufacturing, science, space exploration, education and communication. From its theoretical and algorithmic foundations to cutting-edge developments in robotics, computer vision, intelligent systems, bioinformatics and other exciting areas, a comprehensive foundation in computer science allows graduates to adapt to new technologies and new ideas. Computer scientists solve complex problems in order to make the world a better place.
Currently, there is a huge demand for Computer Science graduates. Several recent reports support this including U.S. News Best 100 jobs where 4 of the top 20 jobs are Computer Science related. (http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs)
According to the Wall Street Journal, new undergraduate Computer Science graduates have one of the highest starting salaries of any profession not requiring graduate study. (http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2014/09/03/salaries-for-2014-grads-are-greater-than-expectations)
|Careers Opportunities||Grad School Attended by Alumni||Employers of Alumni|
|Software Developer||The University of Michigan||Microsoft|
|Computer Systems Analyst||Michigan State University|
|Information Systems Manager||Michigan Tech||Ford|
|Chief Technology Officer||Oakland University||General Motors|
|Database Administrator||Wayne State||Quicken Loans|
|Cyber Security Analyst|
|Computer Science Teacher|
Katie (Bradley) Niner ’14 is a software developer for the IT team at Sandler and Travis Trade Advisory Services. She primarily uses SQL and VB.Net to assist in improving Sandler and Travis Trade’s system to qualify goods for an FTA. “While I am not directly using the languages I learned in school, the programming concepts and logic that were reinforced throughout my education are used heavily. Because of the required reports and presentations I had in all of my upper level major courses, I feel very comfortable presenting and instructing,” she said. Bradley chose to attend Madonna to continue her Catholic education. “The intimate experience cannot be beat. I felt like I had a great support system at Madonna, which really helped me succeed.”
Sarmad Istephan ’06 is a cloud data solution architect at Microsoft Corporation in the Microsoft Technology Center in Southfield, Mich., where he leads executive briefings, architecture design decisions, proof of concepts and hands-on workshops with Microsoft’s largest customers. Since graduating from Madonna University, Istephan continued his education by completing a master’s degree and PhD in computer science. “As a student at Madonna, you get a strong sense that all faculty and staff are there to help you succeed,” he said. “It is easy to gain practical job experience by working as a student in various career related jobs across campus.”