Stephen F. Austin State University

Why a Computing Major?

Generate Confidence

SFA's computer science program prepares graduates to enter this lucrative and ever-growing professional field. The department offers three majors:

A master's degree is offered along with several minors: computer science, computer information systems, information technology and a graduate minor in computer science.

Reach Goals

According to a recent report by the National Association for Colleges and Employers, students with a bachelor's degree in computer science earn an average starting salary of $60,594, second only to engineering. You'll find graduates of SFA's program working as software engineers, database administrators, network and data communication analysts, computer applications software engineers, and more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1.7 million job openings in computer and information technology during the decade ending in 2020. Now is the time to enroll at SFA and start working toward your degree!

Learn from the Best

Several scholarships are designated for computer science majors, and The SFA Alumni Association offers hundreds of additional scholarships. You'll also benefit from our esteemed faculty. Three computer science faculty members are certified as evaluators by the distinguished Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and one serves the ABET commissioner. With an average class size of only 29 students, you'll receive individualized instruction and easy access to the McGee Computing Laboratory.

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Why Study a Computing Major?

Job Availability:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects there to be approximately 1.7 million job openings in computer and information technology during the decade ending in 2020.

Job Growth:

Almost all jobs requiring a bachelor's degree in the computer industry are projected by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to have excellent job growth. (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition.)


A January 2012 report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) showed that students earning a degree in computer science got an average starting salary offer of $60,594 in 2011, second only to engineering.

Work Quality:

Interesting, challenging work in a clean, comfortable, safe environment.