Is your bachelor's degree getting you nowhere? PSU has a computer science program for you
Author: Malia Spencer, Portland Business Journal
Posted: May 8, 2014

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Portland State University is starting a program this summer that aims to give non-computer science majors a way to enter the school’s computer science master’s program.

The intense nine-month program is called “New Beginnings” is slated to start with its first cohort of 20 students on July 1. Admission to the post-baccalaureate program is expected to be competitive, the school said.

Applicants should have at least one year of math beyond pre-calculus and at least a 3.5 GPA. Programming experience is not required.

“We designed New Beginnings with both student and industry needs in mind,” saidWarren Harrison, chair of the computer science department. “In Portland, we have both a great need for talented programmers, and a great supply of potential talent.”

The program is meant to give students without the undergraduate credentials a way to achieve the background in programming, theory and systems needed for computer science study.

The program is supported by a $195,000 seed grant from the Oregon Engineering and Technology Industrial Council Investment Fund. Over time, this funding is expected to shrink and the program will rely on tuition. It is expected to be self-sustaining in five years.

The PSU program is the latest effort to try to meet the needs of businesses that are looking for tech talent as well as employees who are ready to jump right into their jobs.