Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Foundations


The MSCS program serves two audiences: the student of computer science with a research-oriented program; and the industry practitioner with an applied program. In order to serve these two audiences, the program has a thesis option, a variety of applied tracks, an Interdisciplinary Study option, and a Technology Commercialization option. This graduate certificate serves the practitioner with a foundations-building graduate certificate for the student without an undergraduate degree in the discipline.

The Graduate Certificate in CS Foundations develops a breadth of knowledge across the computer science discipline, necessary to sustain graduate study in computer science. The MS CS Admissions Committee may optionally conditionally admit applicants lacking foundational knowledge in computer science, with the requirement to complete this certificate program.

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This program accepts applications in Fall, Spring and Summer; the deadlines are:

Fall July 1; Spring November 1; Summer April 1.

See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline.



  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Resume - (Can be uploaded into the online application)
  • Please note: If you pursue the Master of Science in Computer Science upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Foundations, you must satisfy the additional admission requirements for that program, which you can find here.