Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development

Prerequisites

Admission Requirements

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

  • Computer programming 1 & computer programming 2 with a minimum grade of 2.0 (or equivalent coursework and/or in-depth work experience)
  • College level calculus with a minimum grade of 2.0 
  • Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester credits
  • English language proficiency

Please note, the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements for students studying in the United States on an F-1 Visa. There may be some exceptions to this restriction; please contact the Center for International Education at uwbintl@uw.edu for further information.

Course Equivalencies

Equivalent prerequisite courses may be taken at Washington state community and technical colleges, or as an undergraduate non-matriculated student at UW Bothell. For local community and technical college course equivalencies use the UW Seattle equivalencies listed in the table and refer to the UW Equivalency Guide. UW Bothell equivalent courses are linked in the table. 

For other schools not listed on the UW Equivalency Guide, email our office a week-by-week syllabus for review to determine if the course is equivalent.

Required prerequisite course equivalencies at UW Seattle and UW Bothell
Prerequisite Course UW Seattle Equivalency UW Bothell Equivalency
Computer Programming 1 CSE 122 (previously CSE 142) CSS 142
Computer Programming 2 CSE 123 (previously CSE 143) CSS 143
College Level Calculus MATH 124 STMATH 124
Quick guide to programming prerequisites at some community and technical colleges in the area
School CSS 142 CSS 143
Bellevue College CS 210 CS 211
Cascadia College BIT 142 BIT 143
Edmonds Community College CS& 131, CS 132 (three quarter C++ series) CS 133 (three quarter C++ series)
Edmonds Community College CS& 141 (Java) CS 143 (Java)
Everett Community College CS& 141 CS 143
Green River College CS& 141 CS 145
Highline College C SCI 142 C SCI 143
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Syllabus needed for review Syllabus needed for review
North Seattle College CSC 142 CSC 143
Olympic College CS& 141 CS 143
Renton Technical College Syllabus needed for review Syllabus needed for review
Seattle Central College CSC 142 CSC 143
Shoreline Community College CS& 141 CS 143
Skagit Valley College CS 142 CS 143
South Seattle College CSC 142 CSC 143
Whatcom Community College CS 140 CS 145

This equivalency guide is subject to change. Please refer to the UW Equivalency Guide for verification. 

Sample Coursework & Homework

To see an example of the coursework taught in the GCSDD, please view our Sample Homework Page.

Program Assessment Test

For those with in-depth work experience, computer programming I and II can be met through a program assessment test to determine OOP skill level for admission to the graduate certificate. Please contact stemgrad@uw.edu for further information.