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Is ABET accreditation important for a bachelors degree in software engineering in the US? Does a person with a non-accredited degree in software engineering have a disadvantage when applying for graduate school?

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Many people have never heard of SJSU or ABET. You might want to elaborate a bit. –  Bryan Oakley Mar 13 '13 at 11:19
ABET is the recognized U.S. accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. SJSU is San Jose State, probably the second best CSU (California state college) for computer science and engineering. It's located in the center of the Silicon Valley. –  MVTC Mar 13 '13 at 16:12
I understand that this question might not be the best fit for programmers stack exchange. Perhaps the education tag should be done away with though, as education questions are largely, if not all, off topic. –  MVTC Mar 13 '13 at 16:21
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ABET accreditation is a good thing; however, it is not the the thing.

To be honest, I have never looked at a resume and checked for ABET. Rather, I look at courses taken, grades/hours earned, skills attained, goals achieved, etc. When I hire, I'm much more interested in skills/motivation/creativity/intuition/... than I am the pedigree. What can you do now? What can you do tomorrow? What can you do next year?

Having said that, if I had a Stanford, MIT, CMU grad, etc. give me a resume, I would certainly read it closely. (but note that I didn't say I was looking for an ABET accredited school...)

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