Graduate Certificate in Software Development Engineering
Build on computer programming or engineering education and experience
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.
Build on your 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 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. Guest speakers from industry share experience and real-world perspective. The program concludes with a project-based capstone course emphasizing team-oriented full stack development.
All courses are offered online on Saturdays (and available for review after class sessions). Students, classmates, and instructors interact online at set times for office hours, mentoring, and relationship/team-building.
Who should apply
The ideal SDE certificate candidate:
has a bachelor’s degree, not in computer science
has basic computer programming knowledge
is looking to further extend their programming and software development skills
Career and networking resources
In addition to a rigorous curriculum in programming and software development, this certificate program provides career and networking resources.
Resume review sessions
Access to exclusive SET recruiting and networking events such as brown bags and presentations
Online, with synchronous lectures and asynchronous recordings. Hands-on labs to supplement course concepts. Career development support.
June 30th; final deadline is September 6th
$16,500 (may be subject to change)
To learn more about the certificate, including prerequisites and how to apply, please make an appointment with our graduate advisor.
Rick leveraged his SDE graduate certificate in a new full-time position with an e-commerce provider.
“The program is structured around assignments, group projects and tests. The group projects really stood out for me. We were using all the tools that you would use in the workplace, and having to collaborate with people who might think a little bit differently than me about how to build something.”
~ Rick Morrow (2020-21)
"I chose the GC-SDE program and have never been so happy with that decision. I not only learned about software development engineering but also new tools such as GitHub for code repository, Agile - Scrum project management methodology and Cloud programming and deployment.
Literally two days after graduation, I received a call for an interview. Not long after that interview, I was offered the Senior IT position.
The knowledge I gained and the skills I obtained definitely set me apart from other candidates. I am convinced my decision to obtain my Certification in Software Development Engineering put me at the top and is what got me selected so quickly and started on my new career path."
"The GC-SDE program not only helped me get into a master's program, but also a SDE job that I'm starting in a few weeks. The program has helped me become competitive in the job market."