Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development

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Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development


Switch careers and prepare to enter the software engineering industry. Learn fundamental concepts of computer science and software development in a nine-month, six-course sequence. 

  • 100% online (asynchronous) or evening on-campus cohort options  
  • Part-time enrollment
  • Designed for working professionals
  • Bridge program to a master's degree

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.

Learn essential skills in software engineering

  • Object-oriented programming, data structures and algorithms in C++
  • Design and testing of software systems
  • Systems programming
  • Software engineering life cycle and modeling

Bridge Your Education Into a Master's Program

Successful completion of the graduate certificate program provides a pathway for admission into the Master of Science in Computer Science & Software Engineering or Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

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Join us for an overview of the program. Our graduate advisor will answer your questions about the program, admission, and career opportunities.

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Application Deadline

Autumn 2023

July 5, 2023

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Fast Facts on Graduates

Some alumni go work in industry as software development engineers, and others continue their education into the master's programs. View infographic

  • 52% of our students attend the program to prepare for new emplyment, 34% of our students attend the program to prepare for the master's degree in Computer Science & Software Engineering at UW Bothell
  • A little over two thirds of graduates plan to earn a master's degree or higher
  • A little over half of graduates are employed full time upon graduation, others go on to attend graduate or professional school 
  • 76% of our graduate have employment directly related or somewhat related to their certificate education
  • 22% is the average increase of salary upon completeing the program (of those that reported receiving an increase)
  • Income brackets for full-time employment before and after the program increased: some of those making between $50-99.99K now make between $100-159.99K or over $160k
  • 84% of our graduates highly recommend or recommend UW Bothell

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Office Location 

Commons Hall UW2-134

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