Official Certificate Program in Software Engineering

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Central’s Software Engineering Official Certificate Program (OCP) is a non-degree program for college graduates wishing to expand or update their knowledge of software engineering. This program provides a core background in software engineering and credits earned in the program can contribute toward a MS in Software Engineering.

This program prepares students for professional growth in the field of software engineering including software architecture & design, software construction, software testing & quality assurance, and software maintenance. It focuses on foundational concepts of the field and emphasizes the practical applications of these concepts.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August
  • 12-credit program
  • Attend part-time
  • No GMAT/GRE required

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Stan Kurkovsky
Computer Science
Maria Sanford Hall

Academic Department

Did You Know?

The median annual wage for software developers, quality assurance analysts, and testers was $110,140 in May 2020.

Employment of these positions are projected to grow 22% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Have the ability to solve software engineering problems in a variety of application settings 

  2. Understand and apply modern software engineering concepts, techniques, practices, and tools 

  3. Recognize the need for, and have the ability to engage in, continuing professional development. 

  4. Have the ability to communicate effectively and possess appropriate teamwork skills.