Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Computer Science
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program 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.
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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|
|Complete one of the following:|
|Fundamentals of Databases|
|Introduction to Artificial Intelligence|
|Data Structures and Algorithms I|
|Theory of Computation|
|Developing User Interfaces|
|High Performance Computing|
|Introduction to Computer Vision|
- 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
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
- 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 2018-2019 is $1265 per credit.
- This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- 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.
2018-2019 Academic Year
September 24, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 10, 2018
December 15, 2018
January 7, 2019
March 16, 2019
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April 1, 2019
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June 10, 2019
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September 3, 2019
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2017-2018 Academic Year
September 25, 2017
December 9, 2017
December 11, 2017
December 16, 2017
January 8, 2018
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March 24, 2018
April 2, 2018
June 9, 2018
June 11, 2018
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September 1, 2018
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September 8, 2018