Shippensburg University’s software engineering program offers many unique opportunities that set it apart from other programs in Pennsylvania. Our ABET-accredited engineering courses are ranked among the top 20 in the nation according to’s 2021 Best Bachelor’s Degrees in Software Engineering list. By working as actual software engineers during their time at Ship, guided by the program’s expert faculty, graduates of the program are ready to hit the ground running from day one. Students have the opportunity to work on real-world projects and gain practical experience through internships, and research opportunities. This helps them develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the competitive field of software engineering.

In Scott’s Interdisciplinary Development class he worked with a client who proposed an idea and outline for a technical project. His team of seven people were tasked with building a connection between two apps, and they had to devise a plan with project schedules and deadlines. Next, their team and Dr. Carol Wellington, professor of Software, Computer and Electrical Engineering, met virtually with the client to collaborate on the project’s vision and to share the timeline and answer any questions. This process of ongoing dialogue and feedback remained critical to both the design and implementation phase of the assignment.

We offer unique opportunities for students to connect with industry professionals and potential employers. The program has strong relationships with Ship alumni, and local and regional businesses, providing students with networking opportunities and potential job offers after graduation. Scott turned his internship at SeatGeek in New York City into a full time career. He’s relocating there in July, and couldn’t be more excited for the change!

The need for software engineers is very high today and projected to continue to grow in the coming years. With the rapid advancements in technology and the increasing reliance of industries on technology-based solutions, there is a high demand for skilled professionals who can design, develop, and maintain complex software systems and applications. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow by 11% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is expected to result in the creation of over 500,000 new jobs in this field, and Scott is ready.