Graduate Certificate in Software Development Engineering

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(Remote Instruction 2020-2021)

The School of Engineering and Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma announces a new Graduate Certificate in Software Development Engineering starting in Fall 2020.

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.

Courses are taught by top faculty and instructors from the UW Tacoma School of Engineering and Technology Computer Science and Systems program. Due to COVID-19, courses for the graduate certificate in Software Development Engineering for the 2020-2021 academic year will be offered remotely. To learn more about the certificate, including prerequisites and how to apply, please make an appointment with our graduate advisor.

Designed For

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.

What You’ll Learn

The certificate program comprises 6 new courses over 3 quarters. Each quarter, students  complete a lecture-based course devoted to computer science theory and the practical aspects of software development. A companion lab course accompanies each lecture course where students will gain hands-on practice writing programs and applying concepts.

Learning Format

Courses are to be scheduled on evenings and weekends and will combine both online and in-person delivery of lectures and hands-on labs to maximize flexibility for working students.

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.