The purpose of the study was to assess the programming skills possessed by a computer science education student for self-employment Lagos State University. The population of the study comprises a sample of a total of 40 computer science education students in Lagos State University. Three research questions guided the study. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire which was made up of a five (2) point rating scale was used in the data analysis.. The data collected was analyzed using mean and percentage. The result of the analysis shows that the students in computer science education lack the necessary programming skills needed for self-employment in Lasu State University. Based on the findings of the study, conclusions were drawn and 4 recommendations were made on how to better the above-mentioned problem.