Certificate in Computer Science

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Apply to the Computer Science Certificate program today at the College of Computing & Informatics. The deadlines for Fall 2021 are Friday, August 27, 2021 for Domestic On-Campus Students, Sunday, June 13, 2021 for International On-Campus Students, and Monday, August 23, 2021 for all Online Students (Domestic and International).

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Looking for a graduate education to fit your unique career aspirations and goals? Drexel CCI’s stackable certificate format allows you to tailor your academic journey to your specific interests – and busy schedule. Under this flexible, modular format, students who complete three graduate certificates can apply their certificate credits to earn a full master’s degree. Students without prior technical knowledge may be required to complete pre-requisite certificates for computing-related master’s degrees. Visit our Graduate Programs Tool to explore different certificate combinations.

CCI's Graduate Certificate in Computer Science program 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 program may also serve as an entry point to Master of Science degrees in Computer ScienceData ScienceSoftware Engineering, and/or Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Computer Science Certificate Program Requirements

  • Four-course program provides an in-depth overview of the fundamentals of the computer science field, including courses in programming foundations, advanced programming techniques and computer science foundations
  • Curriculum is designed to provide an accelerated introduction to computer science for those looking to transition into a programming position or an MS in Computer Science, Data Science, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning or related field, or for those lacking formal computer science training
  • The program is also ideal for current graduate students from different disciplines who wish to develop computing skills to apply in their field
  • Graduates of the program may immediately transfer into the following programs (click here to view eligibility requirements): Master of Science in Computer Science; Master of Science in Software Engineering ; Master of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Computer Science Certificate Coursework

The computer science certificate program provides training in programming, algorithms, systems and software design along with a graduate computer science elective appropriate for the student's area of interest or desired career path.

The computer science certificate curriculum is comprised of four courses:

  • CS 501 Introduction to Programming
  • CS 502 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CS 503 System Basics
  • CS 504 Introduction to Software Design

Students who complete the certificate and wish to continue their studies in a MS degree in Computer Science, Data ScienceSoftware Engineering, or Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, can transfer the four required certificate courses and approved elective towards those master’s degrees. Students must earn a grade of a B or better in each certificate course to be eligible for MS enrollment. Once the certificate is successfully completed, the student will submit an application for their MS program. The essay, resume, two letters of recommendation, resume and GREs are waived for these students who have successfully completed the certificate and are looking to move to the above MS degrees.

For more information on curriculum, please visit the Drexel University Catalog.

Admissions Requirements for the Computer Science Certificate

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 program or on-campus program.
  • 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.
  • One letter of recommendation required, two recommended (academic, professional, or both).
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose.
  • Current Resume.
  • Pre-requisites for all graduate level programs: computer requirements and skills
  • Additional requirements for International Students.

Visit our Graduate Admissions section for application deadlines.

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