Graduate Certificate Admissions

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The Graduate Certificate program allows for specialization in biocomputing, biometrics, computer security, databases and datamining, or software engineering. The admission criteria for the program are the same as those for the MS degree program.

Applicants to the certificate program must have a four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent. Interested students with 3-year degree should contact the department for information.

Applicants should have a background in the following core areas of computer science:

  • Software development experience in a high level language
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Systems (principles of operating systems, compilers, and programming languages)
  • Theory (discrete math and theory of computation)
  • Hardware (computer architecture)

In addition, applicants should have a strong background in mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, and in numerical computations.

Applicants who do not have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field may be required to take prerequisite courses and pass with a grade of B+ or higher.

GPA: The applicant's record should exhibit outstanding achievement as indicated by the grade point average for each degree over his or her entire academic record. Applicants are expected to have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. The record should also demonstrate strong individual accomplishments and recommendations from independent references.

GRE: All applicants to Graduate Certificate programs must submit GRE scores.

English Proficiency Requirements: All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores for TOEFL or IELTS. An overall TOEFL i BT score of 79 or an IELTS band score of 6.5 is required. Additionally, the following TOEFL section minimum score requirements apply: 19 Reading, 14 Listening, 18 Speaking, 18 Writing. Learn more about admissions for international students.

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Application Deadlines

  • April 1st: Fall semester
  • September 15th: Spring semester