Graduate Certificate in Software Development Engineering

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Online Instruction 2021-2022

The Graduate Certificate in Software Development Engineering is offered as an online certificate program for the 2021-2022 academic year. All courses will be offered in an online environment, with synchronous meetings at set times where students login and participate in real time. Students, classmates, and instructors will interact online for office hours, mentoring, and relationship / team-building.  Students will have access to synchronous online class sessions on Saturdays to enable interaction with instructors and students. All class sessions are recorded and available for review after class sessions.

Application Deadlines for Autumn 2021

Final Deadline is August 31st 

About This Program

In this six-course graduate certificate program students will build on basic computer programming knowledge to learn the best practices of software development and design while learning to implement these practices as software engineers.  Over the course of a year, students will learn the core concepts of computer science spanning from fundamental data structures and algorithms, to software engineering, to object-oriented and systems programming through lectures and hands-on labs. The program concludes with a project-based capstone course emphasizing team-oriented full stack development.

To learn more about the certificate, including prerequisites and how to apply, please make an appointment with our graduate advisor.

Designed For...

Software engineers are in high demand. Nearly every company today is a tech company, with needs for skilled developers. Having software engineering skills will allow you to choose your own career path and maybe even go independent! With the assistance of our professional development center and staff, we'll help to make sure you are SET for Success

The Graduate Certificate in Software Development Engineering is designed for students without an undergraduate degree in computer science or a closely related field. The certificate provides graduates with a strong practicum in programming and software development.  This will help students to advance and augment existing careers, qualify for admission to master’s programs in computer science, or support a career transition to software development.  Ideal candidates have a bachelor’s degree and possess basic computer programming knowledge and are looking to further extend their programming and software development skills.

Learning Format

Courses are scheduled on Saturdays and will feature recorded online synchronous lectures and asynchronous labs and activities to supplement course concepts providing maximum flexibility for working students.

Career and networking resources

In addition to a rigorous curriculum in programming and software development, this certificate program supports students to make successful career transitions by providing career and networking resources such as: career counseling, resume review sessions, job postings, networking opportunities, panel discussions, and guest speakers from industry. Students in this program will also have access to exclusive SET recruiting and networking events such as brown bags and presentations.

Apply Now

Visit the UW Grad School Application website and click on ‘Create a New Applicant Profile’ to begin your application process:

  • Complete the corresponding applicant profile form, and continue to the Graduate School Application.
  • In “Step 1” of the Application, choose "Graduate Non-Matriculated."
  • In “Step 2” of the Application, choose "Computer Science & Systems - Tacoma (MS in Computer Science & Systems)" as the program.