Learn the fundamentals of computer programming and language. Through this professional graduate certificate, you gain an understanding of the techniques and tools necessary for software engineering, database management, or website development.
Key learning outcomes
- Build a foundation in computer science and the art of programming through use of algorithms, data structures, string manipulation, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development.
- Gain knowledge of fundamental data structures for information processing, including lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs.
- Become proficient in a focused topic area, such as C, Unix/Linux programming, web interfaces, Microsoft .NET programming, and database systems.
No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.
Earning the Certificate
To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:
- Choose a preferred course path from the CSCI E-50 track or CSCI E-10AB track.
- Complete four certificate courses for graduate credit.
- Earn at least a B grade in each course.
- Complete the courses within three years.
Certificate Tracks and Courses
The professional graduate certificate in Programming requires four courses.
You may choose one of the following certificate course tracks:
CSCI E-50 Track
- CSCI E-50 Intensive Introduction to Computer Science (one 4-credit course) or CSCI E-50A and CSCI E-50B (two 2-credit courses)
- CSCI E-22 Data Structures (one course)
- Electives (choose any two courses from select group)
CSCI E-10AB Track
- CSCI E-10A Introduction to Computer Science Using Java I or CSCI S-1 Great Ideas to Computer Science in Java (choose one course)
- CSCI E-10B Introduction to Computer Science Using Java II (required course)
- CSCI E-22 Data Structures (required course)
- Elective (choose one course from select group)
This certificate is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge in computer programming and language. You are encouraged to begin your study with CSCI E-10A or CSCI E-50, depending on the certificate track you choose.
Courses taken before the 2014–15 academic year do not apply toward this certificate.
Technology graduate degrees
If you are are interested in pursuing a master’s in information management systems or software engineering, you may find that this certificate serves as a helpful introduction. While many courses for this certificate do not apply toward these degrees, they do provide the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in these programs.