The Graduate Certificate in Computer Science is intended for those with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a closely related field or with a bachelor's degree in another field with professional competence or knowledge equivalent to the Graduate Transition Certificate in Computer Science. The GRE is not required.
A Graduate Certificate in Computer Science student is required to take 6 courses from those offered in the MSCS, with some constraints. More specifically, the student needs to take three MSCS core (required) courses. The other three courses can be either from the core or those 6000-level electives available to MSCS students. There is no independent study or thesis option. From the 6 courses required for the certificate, at least 4 must have the CS prefix, at most 2 can have the SWE prefix, and at most 1 can have the IT prefix.