Graduate Certificate Programs

The graduate certificate programs offer focused academic training in specific areas. The certificate programs require less time and coursework than a degree, making them appealing to working professionals who want to focus on a specialized area over a shorter period of time. Graduate certificates normally qualify for employer tuition reimbursement just as a full Master’s Degree does.

If at any time during your certificate program studies you decide to continue to the full Master's Degree program, you can do so.


Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity graduate certificate is specifically tailored to meet the rising need for cybersecurity professionals. This 12-credit hour program offering four specialized courses provides an opportunity for computing professionals in defense and business industries in the Lowcountry to enrich their understanding of cybersecurity.

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity equips students with the following:

  • Network knowledge: Recognize different network security profiles
  • Cryptography skills: Analyze and utilize classical and public key cryptography algorithms
  • System protection: Guard systems from various types of attacks
  • Cyber-risk assessment: Assess the security and potential risks of a cybersystem
  • Legal & ethical awareness: Understand the legalities and ethics connected to cybersecurity

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Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering

The Software Engineering graduate certificate is designed to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in the field. This program is crafted to allow you to effectively contribute to the professional landscape of Lowcountry, South Carolina, immediately after graduation.

Our carefully structured curriculum delves deep into the latest tech trends and tools, while shedding light on the managerial and behavioral aspects of software engineering. It is equipped to cater to working professionals who aim to secure prominent roles within industry, government agencies, academia, and other institutions.

We take pride in our alumni, many of whom now hold senior managerial and executive roles or have paved their way as successful entrepreneurs in the software engineering industry.

Program Features:

  • Rigorous software engineering courses targeting professionals in Information Science, Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering
  • A faculty with experience and accomplishments in computer science and software engineering
  • A blend of classroom and distance learning designed to challenge, engage, and cater to working professionals

Students completing the program will:

  • Develop and utilize good software development models and techniques
  • Be able to compare and evaluate alternative designs and software application architectures
  • Learn effective teamwork skills

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Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the online application and a $50, non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Proven competency in object-oriented programming, data structures, discrete mathematics, and basic computer architecture
  • International applicants require credential assessment of undergraduate degrees and TOEFL scores if primary language is not English

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission: March 1 (Priority); July 1 (Final)
  • Spring admission: November 1
  • Summer admission: March 1

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cofc and citadel logoOur certificate programs are offered jointly with The Citadel Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences