How to Apply: Software Engineering Certificate

Fall 2021 Application Deadline: August 15, 2021
Fall 2021 Semester Begins: August 31, 2021

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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 proposed program Software Engineering
    • Submit your statement of goals as an attachment in the “Academic Goals and Research Interests” 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 gradschool@umbc.edu.
  3. Submit resume to gradschool@umbc.edu or softwareengineering@umbc.edu.

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)

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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 Dustin Hodgson, Director of Professional Programs at softwareengineering@umbc.edu.

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