Graduate Certificate in Systems and Software Architecture

Department of Computer Science

Program Description   |   Curriculum  |  Course Descriptions
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Program Description:

The systems and software architect fills a critical role in today’s development process, transforming market inputs into the requirements and architecture specification of a product that independent (often remote) development teams can implement. A focused graduate certificate   training program on Systems and Software Architecture has been requested from various industrial partners.

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Students must hold a B.S. or B.A. degree to be admitted to the graduate certificate program and must satisfy the prerequisites for any course they take in the program. It is recommended that applicants have at least two years of work experience in the area of software development. If a student does not have the requisite work experience, successful completion of Comp Sci 3100 Software Engineering I or equivalent is required before acceptance to the program.

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, upon application, will be admitted to the M.S. degree program in Computer Science. The certificate courses taken by students admitted the the M.S. program will apply toward their master's degree.

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  • Sys Eng 6167: Software Intensive Systems Architecting
  • Comp Sci 6101: Software Requirements Engineering
  • Comp Sci 5102: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Sys Eng 6542/Comp Sci 6102: Model Based Systems Engineering

Course Descriptions:

Course descriptions 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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