To meet the significant and growing demand for C++ and Java software development specialists, the Certificate in Computer Science at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) provides the skills necessary to become part of a C++ or Java development team. Graduates of the part-time program also acquire the background required to enter the software engineering certificate program and the Master of Science in Computer Science degree program.

Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Part-Time
  • 16 Credits
  • 8–12 Months

A Foundation for Success in Computer Science

Metropolitan College’s Computer Science Certificate will equip you with:

  • Knowledge of discrete mathematics, computer architecture, and the programming languages C++ or Java.
  • Proficiency in introductory discrete mathematics and algorithms, computer architecture, and the use of common constructs in C++ or Java, including common data structures.
  • Competence sufficient to be able to learn more advanced algorithms, system architecture, and C++ or Java features.
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Why Complete Your Certificate in Computer Science at BU?

  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Computer Science Certificate program provides practical, hands-on education that you can apply on the job.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Computer Science Certificate program, an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio ensures close interaction with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as data science, web programming, databases, and security and privacy.
  • Extensive Network: Study principles of computer science alongside peers with professional experience, learn from faculty who have valuable information technology contacts, and benefit from a global alumni community with strong connections.
  • Student Support: Benefit from access to personalized professional academic advice from the team of academic counselors in MET Enrollment & Student Success.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, the George Sherman Union, and many others.
  • Flexible Schedule: Pursue your studies part-time, at the pace that works for you.
  • Affordable Tuition: Complete your certificate part-time at BU at a substantial savings compared to full-time study.
  • Financial Assistance: Undergraduate students at BU MET are eligible for a range of financial aid and community-minded scholarship opportunities designed to support those investing in their education part-time who still need to navigate full-time responsibilities.

Flexible, Part-Time Program Completion—at Boston University

Boston University’s Metropolitan College offers a wide range of undergraduate certificate and bachelor’s degree completion programs in convenient, part-time evening formats—ideal for busy professionals who seek to earn a Boston University degree without turning their personal lives upside down or putting their careers on hold. Along with self-paced programs in a variety of majors on campus, MET also offers the Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program, leading to a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies.

A variety of undergraduate certificate programs provide the opportunity for focused study in a specific subject. Certificates can work into select degree programs at MET, offer breadth to current studies, or build professional skills and knowledge.


MET CS 201 Introduction to Programming or equivalent experience.


(Four courses/16 credits)

Choose one of the following tracks:

Java Programming Track

C++ Programming Track

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Computer Science Faculty

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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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Comprehensive Financial Assistance

Our services include scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans.

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