Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) accepted its first class of 52 students in February of 1985. As of 2006 - 2007, the enrollment was approximately 450 graduate students with over 2000 alumni. All of its students are actively pursuing either a master's degree or certificate in software.
Each graduate program has been geared toward the working software professional, with classes offered in the evenings and on Saturdays at the university's St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rochester, MN locations and at corporate sites over the past 20 years. In addition to the degree programs, the department continues to offer professional development seminars, special lectures, and a 'mini' series of lectures.
Throughout the development and growth of GPS, we have been committed to serving the business community, and we have sought their advice and counsel. This collaborative approach, this partnership, is the reason GPS programs are responsive to the software community, and explains why we teach theory in our courses and seminars that apply directly to the workplace.