Graduate Certificates in Computing
The Department of Computer Science offers several Graduate Certificates in Computing designed to provide individuals holding an undergraduate degree in any discipline the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and skills in selected areas of applied computing through a focused program of study consisting of 15 semester hours of coursework (5 courses). In addition to specific courses required for a particular certificate, students may also choose elective courses, in consultation with their advisor, that allow flexibility to study additional topics related to their certificate program and that fit their individual career goals. Certificates are currently available in the areas of Human-Centered Computing, System and Network Administration, Software Development, and Web Technologies.
The certificate programs are distinct from professional and vendor-specific technical certifications in that they focus on skills and knowledge that can be applied to a variety of technologies, are vendor-neutral, and that form a foundation for adapting to unfamiliar and/or new technologies. Each certificate program does, however, form an excellent basis upon which students may build, should they wish to pursue additional professional certifications on their own.
Students successfully completing all requirements for the program will receive a certificate from the University, and the student's official transcript shall include the courses taken as well as an indication of successful completion and award of the certificate.
Students deciding to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degree program after successfully completing a certificate program must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and meet all other admission requirements for the M.S. in Applied Computer Science. All credits earned in the certificate program (15 hours) may be applied toward the M.S. degree within six years of completion and award of the certificate. Students must be accepted into the M.S. in Computer Science program by their ninth hour should they wish to utilize all 15 hours towards a master's degree. If CS 5201 and CS 5202 were taken as a pre-requisite to the certificate program, only 3 of those hours may be applied toward the M.S. degree. The capstone project for the certificate, CS 6900, may also count as a project toward the M.S., should the student choose the Non-Thesis/Project Option of the M.S. program.
All of the graduate certificates in computing are open to students with an undergraduate degree in any discipline, with an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5. Students without an undergraduate degree in computer science or equivalent experience, as determined by the Department of Computer Science, must complete CS 5201 and CS 5202 as a pre-requisite to courses in the program (no hours from these courses will apply toward the certificate).
Upon admission to the program, the Department of Computer Science will assign a faculty advisor to each student. The advisor will supervise the student's progression in the program as well as the student's capstone project.
Specific Requirements for all Graduate Certificates in Computing:
A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all courses for the certificate is required.
Students must meet with their advisor at least twice during each semester of enrollment.
The selection of elective courses must be made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor and be approved by the Department.
Students must complete an exit interview with the Department during the final semester of enrollment.