Who is the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Foundations program for?
Drexel College of Computing & Informatics' Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Foundations is designed for recent graduates and professionals seeking to learn the theoretical and technical foundations necessary to tackle the latest challenges in computer science and related areas. The aim is to provide an efficient and systematic education on the basics of computer science without any prerequisite education.
The curriculum is designed to provide an accelerated introduction to computer science for those looking to transition into a programming position or to an MS in the areas noted below, or for those lacking formal computer science training.
This program accepts applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in areas other than computer science and offers them opportunities to learn the fundamentals of programming and theory in computer science. The program is also ideal for current graduate students from different disciplines who wish to develop computing skills to apply in their field.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Drexel operates on the quarter, not semester, system, offering classes during four 10-week terms throughout the year.
The Computer Science Foundations certificate program provides training in programming, algorithms, systems and software design along with a graduate computer science elective appropriate for your area of interest or desired career path.
Please visit Drexel’s Course Catalog for a full description of each required and elective course for this program. You can also find a sample Plan of Study for the certificate.
Please note: Students entering the program should possess basic programming knowledge and solid analytic skills (e.g., obtained through undergraduate math courses).
- A completed application for the online format or on-campus format.
- A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelor’s degree or above.
- Official final transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities attended. Please note: For students who have attended an institution outside of the US, it is highly recommended to submit a NACES approved course-by-course transcript evaluation (i.e., WES) for expedited review of your application. This approved evaluation will take the place of the transcript requirement to complete your application.
- One letter of recommendation required, two recommended (academic, professional, or both).
- Essay/Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words).
- Current Resume.
- Pre-requisites for all graduate level programs: computer requirements and skills
- Additional requirements for International Students.
Please visit our Graduate Admissions section for application deadlines.
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