Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (GCSDD) requires completion of the following prerequisites

  • CSS 161/CSS 142 & CSS 162/CSS 143 (or equivalent coursework and/or work experience)*
  • College level Calculus Course
  • A bachelor degree with a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester credits.

Non-native English speakers must meet minimum English language requirements. The Minimum English language proficiency test score for admission consideration is 92 on the TOEFLibt.

A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in admission prerequisites: CSS 161, CSS 162, and college level Calculus.

 *Equivalent CSS 161/162 courses may be taken at area community colleges. Please refer to the following equivalency guide for details. For the self assessment to determine OOP skill level for admission to the Graduate Certificate, please follow the instructions on the self assessment page.

The GCSDD admits once a year in Autumn as a cohort.  Please note, the Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements for students studying in the United States on an F1 Visa.  There may be some exceptions to this restriction; please contact the Center for International Education at for further information.