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Do I Need a Background in Programming to Earn a Computer Science Degree?

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As technology continues to play a significant role in our daily lives, a career in computer science can be both fulfilling and lucrative. If you don't have a background in programming, that shouldn't stop you from earning a degree in this field. Here are a few things to consider if you're interested in a computer science degree.

What Type of Career Do You Want?

Think about what you'd like to do after you earn your degree. If you want to build websites, your work may involve lots of writing to build out content for the pages on your clients' sites. On the other hand, if you want to focus on developing web applications, you might need to understand intellectual property laws so that you can secure patents for your work. Having skills in other subjects will be beneficial during your studies and after you earn a degree.

Do I Have Time to Complete a Degree Program?

Earning a degree shows that you have gained a high level of skills in an area of study. However, completing a four-year program may not be the most efficient way to spend your time if you already have a bachelor's degree. Some positions in software development require specific technical expertise that you can learn by completing a shorter program. If you already have a degree, you may want to look into programming-related certifications that can provide you with the skills you need for a role in the tech industry.

Will I Be Accepted by a Reputable Program?

When you apply for admission to a computer science program, each university will look at your educational and professional background. However, they will consider more than just your resume. Standardized test scores and transcripts hold more weight for students applying to colleges directly after high school. As a working adult, your life experiences, professional skills, and even volunteer work are factors that will also be considered. Don't let a fear of rejection stop you from pursuing a degree that will help you advance your career.

If you're interested in a degree in computer science, you don't need to be an expert in programming. You'll develop new skills along the way. At the Tulane School of Professional Advancement, we provide hands-on learning for professionals who are looking to make a change in their careers. Our Bachelor of Science in Information Technology delves into several different disciplines of computer science, including app development, programming languages, cybersecurity, and more. To start working toward your degree, apply to our program today.

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