How to Apply: Software Engineering Certificate

Application Deadline(s)

Fall 2024: August 1, 2024
Spring 2025: December 1 , 2024

At a Glance




  • UMBC Campus (Catonsville)

Admissions Requirements

  • B.S. degree with 3.0 GPA
  • Introductory programming coursework completed within the last 10 years (IT industry experience in programming may be accepted in place of coursework)
  • Applicant’s prior coursework should include college-level math equivalent to MATH 151 or MATH 155
  • Official Transcripts
  • Goal statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations in the program
  • Resume or CV
  • Recommendation letters (optional)

Additional Recommended Admissions Criteria

  • 1 year of work experience in IT
  • A course in data structures and algorithms (equivalent to UMBC course CMSC 341)
  • Knowledge of a scripting programming language (such as UMBC courses CMSC 433 or IS 448)

Application Process

  1. Apply online
    • Select program Software Engineering >> Degree Code – Certificate
    • Submit your statement of goals as an attachment in the “Personal Statement” section
    • Complete residency information to be reviewed for in-state tuition rates
  2. Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to be sent to UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or emailed to
  3. Submit resume as an attachment in the “Resume” section, or to or

Your application should include the following documents: (Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.)

  • Completed application including residency form (The residency form determines in-state tuition eligibility.)
  • Statement of academic goals
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • Resume (When applying online, upload your resume to the graduate school application.)
  • Application fee ($50 online)

Currently Enrolled Master’s Students

If you are currently enrolled at UMBC and interested in applying for this post-baccalaureate certificate, you may apply by filling out an Application for Enrollment in a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program. Use Professional Programs,, for the program coordinator’s information. For questions about the process, please contact

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Mailing Instructions

All application documents should be mailed to:
UMBC Graduate School, Certificate in Software Engineering
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

If you require further assistance, please contact the Office of Professional Programs.

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