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Graduate Certificate

Software Engineering

Advance your career and credentials with a Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering. Take four online graduate courses in software engineering and position yourself for opportunities in software development, engineering, architecture, quality assurance, testing, and management. All courses may also be counted towards a MS in CS degree.

Online, eCampus format which can be completed from anywhere in the world.


Graduate Certificate - Software Engineering

Advance Your Career

Development Methodologies
Software Design
Quality Assurance

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Four online courses
Tuition estimate $5,500
Finish in 6 months
Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Benefits

Four start dates throughout the year
Seven-week courses
100 percent online
Advance your career
Enhance your credentials
Advance your professional knowledge 

BGSU Degree | World-class faculty | 7-week courses | 100% online

Course Requirements

CS 5540: Software Engineering Project:

Build a real-world software project for a real-world client using real-world tools and the Agile Method. 

View CS 5540 syllabus

CS 5550: Software Architecture and Design: 

Learn common architectures, design patterns, and principles to build robust software systems. 

View CS 5550 syllabus  

CS 5560: Software Testing & Quality Assurance: 

Learn and apply the most useful software testing and quality assurance methods to build successful software. 

View CS 5560 syllabus

CS 6640: Advanced Software Engineering: 

Learn about  the latest and greatest techniques, tools, and methods in Software  Engineering in this seminar style, discussion oriented course.

View CS 6640 syllabus

Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Apply Now or Return to Existing Application

For Area of Study, select “Certificate” AND “Software Engineering - Certificate (eCampus)”

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.


Submit Transcripts

Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.

Request official transcripts be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403


Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation

You will upload these items as part of the online application process for this program.

Statement of Purpose

A personal statement (1-2 pages) The Statement of Purpose should address: 

  • Your motivation for pursuing graduate study in your chosen field. 
  • What you hope to gain through graduate study 
  • Your career aspirations following completion of the program 
Two letters of recommendation

From recent instructors, employers or other individuals qualified to evaluate the potential for success in the program

You will be enrolled in and receive your certificate from the Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences 

All courses count towards Master of Science in Computer Science as long as a grade of B or better is earned.