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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Software Engineering Certificate

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The admission requirements for the certificate program are as follows:

  • bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field with an extensive background in computer science and computer programming
  • undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater

The GRE is not required for the certificate since the certificate program is considered a non-degree seeking program. A student pursuing the certificate could possibly transfer the certificate courses to the SWEN degree after completion of the certificate. To do this the student must take the GRE, apply and be accepted to the SWEN program. The certificate cannot be pursued at the same time as the SWEN degree since students pursuing a certificate are considered non-degree seeking and therefore cannot be enrolled in a degree seeking program at the same time.

The Software Engineering certificate is designed to prepare students to address important aspects of software development including: developing the student's ability to communicate ideas; develop and manage software products; and to understand the complexities of building quality into a software product. To earn the certificate the four course set below must be completed within a four year time limit.


Required Courses
SWEN 5130 Requirements Engineering
Credit Hours: 3
SWEN 5232 Software Construction
Credit Hours: 3
SWEN 5234 Software Processes
Credit Hours: 3
SWEN 5132 Software Design Patterns
Credit Hours: 3
SWEN 5432 Software Engineering Life Cycle
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Students should select between SWEN 5234 Or SWEN 513