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 these programs are the same as those for the MS degree program, which can be found here.

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.  These requirements also apply to permanent resident students who obtained their education overseas, regardless of the number of years they have lived in the U.S.  International students who have received a bachelor's degree or higher in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement only if the degree was awarded within the last 2 years.  Please contact a departmental advisor if you are unsure as to whether English proficiency scores are required in your case.

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Application Deadlines

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