Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development


What you'll learn:

  • Object-oriented programming, data structures and algorithms in C++
  • Design and testing of software systems
  • Systems programming
  • Core software engineering and cybersecurity concepts

Program Features

  • Complete all courses in one academic year (9 months)
  • Evening on-campus or online cohort model meeting the needs of working professionals
  • Preparation for entry into the software engineering field
  • Bridge program for entry into M.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering or M.S. in Computer Science & Software Engineering

The Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development (GCSDD) provides fundamental concepts of computer science and software development in a six-course sequence. The curriculum covers essential concept areas within computer science including: data structures and algorithms, systems programming, and software engineering life cycle and modeling.
Students develop the core skills needed as a pathway for further work or study in computer science and software engineering, or cybersecurity engineering.

These courses are created from critical points of a computer science bachelor’s degree core curriculum at a pace and intensity that is reflective of, and appropriate for, a post-baccalaureate student.

Successful completion of the three quarter program provides a pathway for admission into the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering, or the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering, at UW Bothell.

Where are GCSDD alumni now?

Recent graduates who took our exit survey reported:

On average, alumni receive a $24,000 increase in salary.

97% work in Washington, of this 78% stay near the University of Washington Bothell.

50% go into the UW Bothell’s master's degree program in cybersecurity engineering or computer science & software engineering (either full or part-time).

Companies alumni work for, include, but are not limited to

  • Amazon
  • Concur Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • Tableau
  • The Boeing Company
  • Philips Healthcare

Application Deadline

The autumn 2021 admission cycle is now closed.

Autumn 2022

July 1

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