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  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science

    The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science program is designed for professionals seeking to learn the theoretical and technical foundations necessary to tackle the latest challenges in computer science and related areas. The program may also serve as an entry point to Master of Science degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Cybersecurity.

    The Difference Between Computer Science and Software Engineering

    While at first glance computer science and software engineering may seem like identical programs, there are key differences between them that will determine which program best fits your interests and career goals. In general, computer science degrees tend to take a broader focus on the theoretical and practical areas of computer science, while software engineering is more interested in the design, development and testing of software systems. Learn more about computer science vs software engineering degrees.

    Choose the path that’s right for you, and apply today!

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Core Courses  
    CS 520 Computer Science Foundations 3.0
    CS 570 Programming Foundations 3.0
    CS 571 Advanced Programming Techniques 3.0
    Elective Course 3.0
    Complete one of the following:  
    CS 500
    Fundamentals of Databases  
    CS 510
    Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  
    CS 521
    Data Structures and Algorithms I  
    CS 525
    Theory of Computation  
    CS 530
    Developing User Interfaces  
    CS 536
    Computer Graphics  
    CS 540
    High Performance Computing  
    CS 543
    Operating Systems  
    CS 544
    Computer Networks  
    CS 550
    Programming Languages  
    CS 575
    Software Design  
    CS 583
    Introduction to Computer Vision  
    Total Credits 12.0

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    Admissions Requirements

    • A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
      • GPA of 3.2 or higher
      • If other graduate work has been completed, the average GPA must be at least 3.2, including a B or better in each course

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended 
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • Essay (500 words) on why you wish to pursue the program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Certificate students interested in continuing at the Master’s level must apply and be admitted to those programs separately. Completion of the certificate is not an automatic acceptance to a Master's program.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1228 per credit.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science

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