The University of St. Thomas

Graduate Programs in Software

Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development

Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development

Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development

[6 courses]

This graduate certificate is designed for those interested in acquiring state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of software development without completing the requirements of a master's degree.


Entrance Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). 
  2. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7 (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.

 Items required to complete your application:
(International students: please see International Student Admission Procedures.)

  1. Application fee of $50 (non-refundable)
  2. Completed GPS Online Application for Admission
  3. Admission essay giving your reasons for wanting to enter this program. Essays can be one to two pages (in .doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf format).
  4. Detailed resume which includes all work experience, job description, and any programming languages used (in .doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf format).
  5. A list of any computing-related courses not appearing on transcripts.
  6. Official transcript(s) from ALL universities/colleges attended bearing an institutional seal and sent directly to the Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) office by the issuing institution (even if the course work appears as transfer work on another school transcript).

Note: The GRE or GMAT is not required for the GPS programs.

Certificate completion criteria
To complete the Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development, the student must complete six SEIS graduate courses with at least a GPA of 2.7. Certificate students have the opportunity of continuing in the MS program. Master's students cannot transfer into the certificate program.

Required Courses
A minimum of six courses (18 semester credits) are required for this certificate.

  • Choose at least two courses from the list below:
    • SEIS 605  Technical Communications
    • SEIS 610  Software Engineering
    • SEIS 625  Software Project Management
    • SEIS 626  Software Quality Assurance/Quality Control
    • SEIS 630  Database Management Systems and Design
    • SEIS 650  Legal Issues in Technology
  • An additional 4 electives (12 semester credits) from the GPS course list excluding the following: SEIS 600, SEIS 601, SEIS 620, SEIS621, SEIS 776, SEIS 777, SEIS 778.
  • Please note: SEIS 778 Internship/Seminar may be taken, but the course will not count toward the 18 credits required for completion of the certificate.

Information Sessions

Power your career with Graduate Programs in Software.
Learn how at an upcoming information session on the St. Paul campus:

Tuesday, April 8th
5:30 to 6:30 P.M.
O'Shaughnessy Science Hall
room OSS 227.
Please RSVP to gradsoftware@stthomas.edu if you plan to attend an information session.

Walk-ins are welcome.

GPS Online application and instructions

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