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Computer Science (Certificate)

The Undergraduate Certificate is intended for students whose preparation in Computer Science is insufficient for admission to the Master's program and for students who are mainly interested in computer applications, or in a certificate program instead of receiving a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.

Certificate in Computer Science requirements:

Please note: Due to the prerequisite structure of the courses it may take two years to complete the Certificate. Below you will see program roadmap outlined by semester.

You can start Computer Science Certificate in the spring, summer or fall. The Undergraduate Certificate typically requires 4 semesters due to prerequisites. We do not allow students to take requisites out of order.

Undergraduate Computer Science Certificate Semester Roadmap:

1st semester*: Math140 & CS110
2nd semester: CS210 & CS220 & CS240
3rd semester: CS310 & CS341 (or CS elective)
4th semester: (**Application Elective)

*1st semester Pre Requisites: Math 130 with a grade of B or better in the previous semester or placement into Math 140 from the ALEKS test.

**Application elective: The applications requirement may be satisfied by any Computer Science course numbered CS341 or higher, or by a course taught outside of the department of Computer Science in computer applications to another discipline. Students wishing to use such a course as the applications elective for a Certificate must have their choice approved in advance.

How to Apply:

Current matriculated undergraduate students please use the DocuSign General Program Add/Change form.

All other* applicants must complete the DocuSign Undergraduate Certificate Program Application found on the Registrar's Undergraduate Forms page. (*This includes: Previous graduates, Guest/Non-degree students and those who have never attended UMass Boston.)

Please note:

  • DocuSign will email you a signed copy of your application confirming completion of your request.
  • Your application will be sent to the department for approval.
  • If your request is approved, your application will be processed by the Registrar's Office

Interested students who would like to speak to an advisor about our Undergraduate Certificate should contact the CS Undergraduate Program Director, Nurit Haspel.

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