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
  • Software engineering life cycle and modeling

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

Learn fundamental concepts of computer science and software development in a six-course sequence. Students develop the core skills needed as a pathway for further work or study. 

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.

Bridge Your Education Into a Master's Program

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.

Fast Facts on GCSDD Graduates


  • 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

Application Deadline

Autumn 2023

July 5, 2023

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Office: UW2-134

(425) 352-5490