About: Distinctives and Mission

Four reasons to choose SPU’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science:

We’re hands-on. Our programs are all about putting theory into practice, through small class sizes, design-and-build projects, and internships. You’ll learn by doing, so you’ll graduate with confidence to tackle new challenges.

We’re community-oriented. Small class sizes bring you together in a supportive, close-knit environment. And your professors will always encourage the pursuit of excellence — but never at the expense of others.

We’re Christ-centered. We stress servant leadership, applying SPU’s mission statement of “engaging the culture and changing the world” to your studies. So you’ll learn how to use the best technology for the best causes, wherever you end up in the world.

We’re employer-recommended. Our Seattle location gives you a clear advantage when it’s time for internships and job placement. Placement rates into the career world are high for our graduates.

Derek Kamemoto, engineering senior manager
“What I view as the SPU Engineering and Computer Science student strengths are as follows: familiarity with interdisciplinary teamwork (mechanical, electrical, software) through design projects; hands-on abilities to fabricate and build; ability to communicate well; and project and self-management skills.
“SPU Engineering graduates have been prepared with the project skills needed to contribute immediately. These include having confidence, working well in team settings, taking initiative, and communicating effectively. They also have hands-on, practical skills, in addition to their academic preparation.”

SPU approaches engineering differently; see how you can change the world through this nationally ranked program:

Our mission

Within a diverse and supportive Christian community, we prepare our students to become effective team members and responsible servant-leaders by equipping them with theoretical knowledge and applied skills to create and utilize appropriate solutions in Engineering and Computing disciplines.

Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PDF)

Engineering Student Outcomes

Computer Science and Information Systems Learning Outcomes (PDF)

Enrollment Data



All of SPU’s engineering degrees (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and General Engineering) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Why Engineering at SPU?

You can study engineering at many good universities. But at SPU, you’ll learn how to apply what you learn to serve others and make a real difference in the world.

Ashlynn Burgess

Success story: Ashlynn Burgess

“We are so much stronger when we are surrounded by a community that believe in us. I found that community here at SPU.”