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Students whose preparation in Computer Science is insufficient for admission to the Master’s program should consider seeking the Undergraduate Certificate. The Undergraduate Certificate is also intended for students who are mainly interested in computer applications, or in a certificate program instead of receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. If the student is already matriculated at UMass Boston. Because of the prerequisite structure of the courses it may take two years to complete the Certificate (the exact time will of course depend on the student’s background), and it may not be possible to do course work full-time. In particular, the listed mathematics requirements begin with calculus. However, many students may need a review of high school algebra. On the other hand, students who enter this program with previous mathematics or computer programming experience will be given appropriate credit.
Since non-matriculated students in the Certificate programs are considered non-degree students one needs to register for classes with the Non-degree Registration form at One-Stop. A non-matriculated Certificate program student does not apply to UMass Boston for admission. All students who wish to start the Certificate Program should file a Undergraduate Certificate Program Application which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office or their website and requires the signature of the department chair or Undergraduate Computer Science Director, Ming Ouyang. Once the form has been signed, return the form to One Stop in the Campus Center, or to the Registrar’s Office.
Certificate in Computer Science requirements:
- CS110 , CS210, Math140, CS240, CS310
- CS341 or Computer Science elective
- One application elective
- A minimum 2.0 GPA of the courses for the CS minor is required.
The Computer Science Department does not offer winter courses; we only offer classes during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. We currently do not offer online courses. The Undergraduate Certificate typically requires 4 semesters due to prerequisites. We do not allow students to take requisites out of order. The schedule is as follows:
*Application elective: The applications requirement may be satisfied by any Computer Science course numbered higher than CS341, 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 by the Undergraduate Program Director and must meet the prerequisites for the course set by the department in which it is offered.
Interested students who would like to speak to an advisor about our Undergraduate Certificate should contact the CS Undergraduate Program Director, Ming Ouyang.