Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development

Department of Computer Science

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Program Description:

Graduate Certificate programs give students the opportunity to increase their knowledge in  specific areas of interest. These courses provide students with the latest knowledge and skills in strategic areas of computing and are presented by Missouri University of Science and  Technology instructors that are experts in their fields. Most of the courses will be offered  through distance education over the internet. Distance education courses use streaming internet video for course delivery. In this setting, students actively participate in classes through viewing the class on their computer while being interactively connected with the class by telephone. Lectures are archived so they may be reviewed at any time during the semester.  Instructors are available outside of class time by e-mail and telephone.

The software design and development certificate provides an attractive option for the working professional to expand their experience in software engineering. The core of four classes gives a treatment of software project management in its many roles, from overall project management and process improvement to the management of individual lifecycle components, including software deployment and evolution. Specialized coursework gives depth in advanced object-oriented design, software quality and testing theory and practice, and an advanced treatment of software metrics.

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The only entrance requirements for students entering a graduate certificate program are that they satisfy the prerequisites for any course they take in the program. 


  • COMP SCI 6101: Software Requirements Engineering
  • COMP SCI 5101: Software testing & Quality Assurance
  • COMP SCI 5102: Object-Oriented Analysis & Design
  • COMP SCI 6100: Software Engineering II

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Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Computer Science (MS)

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program.

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