Online Software Engineering Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed to produce skilled software engineers who will be able to participate in, and lead, development projects.

Software is everywhere nowadays and, as such, skilled and qualified software engineers are always in demand. The BU MET Software Engineering online certificate provides you with in-depth understanding and hands-on practice in how to plan, understand and analyze the requirements, design, implement, test, and deploy high-quality software applications. The program emphasizes important concepts and principles in software design as well as best practices used in the software industry. As a student in BU MET’s Software Engineering program, you will develop technical prowess along with valuable management and soft skills. The program can help current programmers or software engineers seek professional growth in the software industry.

Students who complete the Online 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.

Why Choose BU’s Online Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the MS in Software Development and the MS in Computer Information Systems, both ranked #8 among the nation’s Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2024).
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.

Software Engineering Career Outlook

Software Developers

22% increase in jobs through 2029

$107,510 median annual pay in 2019

Computer and Information Research Scientists

15% increase in jobs through 2029

$122,840 median annual pay in 2019

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, October 2020

Best Technology Jobs, 2020 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Software Developer
  • #2 IT Manager
  • #3 Web Developer
  • #4 Database Administrator
  • #5 Information Security Analyst
  • #6 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #7 Computer Network Architect
  • #8 Computer Systems Administrator
  • #9 Computer Support Specialist
  • #10 Computer Programmer

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.


Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Academic credits earned toward the online Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering may be transferred to the online Master of Science degrees in Computer Information Systems or Software Development.


Eric Braude

Eric Braude

Associate Professor and Director of Digital Learning, Computer Science
PhD, Columbia University; MS, University of Miami; MS, University of Illinois; BS, University of Natal (South Africa)

Lou Chitkushev

Lou Chitkushev

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Computer Science; Director, Health Informatics and Health Sciences
PhD, Boston University; MS, Medical College of Virginia; MS, BS, University of Belgrade

John Day

John Day

Lecturer, Computer Science
MSEE, BSEE, University of Illinois

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.