Software Engineering Graduate Certificate

This program is designed to produce software engineers who will participate in and lead development projects. It enables students to plan, design, and implement software applications. The program emphasizes the object-oriented method, but also covers structured techniques, project management, and testing. C++ and Java are the principal object-oriented languages used, although knowledge of Java is not a prerequisite. The program is suited both to programmers seeking professional growth and to software engineers who want to learn the object-oriented paradigm.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of software projects, including requirements analysis, object-oriented methods, design patterns, testing, and maintenance.
  • Proficiency in software project management, software design, Unified Modeling Language usage, and computer-aided software engineering.
  • Competence sufficient to participate in and lead the planning, requirements analysis, design, and timely implementation of quality software applications within budget.

Prerequisite courses or evidence of proficiency in these areas must accompany the application to the program. If college-level credit courses are not in evidence, the department will determine what prerequisite courses must be completed in addition to the graduate certificate requirements. Students claiming equivalent proficiency in prerequisite courses from non-academic sources must take an examination to demonstrate such proficiency.

Official transcripts of previous academic work, two letters of recommendation, personal statement and résumé are required as part of the application.

A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College prior to acceptance into the program may be applied toward the certificate.

Minimum passing grade for a course in the graduate certificate program is C (2.0), but an average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained to be in good academic standing and satisfy the certificate requirements.

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Academic credits earned toward the Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering may be transferred to a Master of Science degree in Computer ScienceComputer Information Systems, or Telecommunication.


Any bachelor’s degree and the Certificate in Computer Science or its equivalent in experience. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.


(Four courses/16 credits)

  • MET CS 632 IT Project Management
  • MET CS 665 Software Design and Patterns
  • MET CS 673 Software Engineering
  • MET CS 773 Software Quality Management

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