Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development

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Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development


Switch careers and prepare to enter the software engineering industry. Learn fundamental concepts of computer science and software development in a nine-month, six-course sequence. 

  • 100% online (asynchronous) or evening on-campus cohort options  
  • Part-time enrollment
  • Designed for working professionals
  • Bridge program to a master's degree

Courses are created from critical points of a computer science bachelor’s degree core curriculum at a pace and intensity that is reflective of, and appropriate for, a post-baccalaureate student.

Learn essential skills in software engineering

  • Object-oriented programming, data structures and algorithms in C++
  • Design and testing of software systems
  • Systems programming
  • Software engineering life cycle and modeling

Bridge Your Education Into a Master's Program

Successful completion of the graduate certificate program provides a pathway for admission into the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering or Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

Information Session

Join us for an overview of the program. Our graduate advisor will answer your questions about the program, admission, and career opportunities.

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Application Deadline

Autumn 2023

July 5, 2023

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Office Location 

Commons Hall UW2-134

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Future and current students can book an appointment to meet in person or online with an advisor or career counselor. 



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