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Software Engineering Graduate Certificate

May 15, 2023

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Join One of the Fastest-growing Professions

The Software Engineering Graduate Certificate, offered by the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, is for individuals who are currently working in information technology or the computer industry and who want to enhance their career opportunities. Software engineering skills are critical to implement new technology, and this is one of the fastest-growing professions throughout industry and government. Professionals in this field are in high demand and fill crucial roles in healthcare, manufacturing, energy, aeronautics, technology, and finance. The certificate may be completed as part of a graduate degree program, or as a separate credential.

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Learning Formats

Online Asynchronous

Start Dates

May 15, 2023
August 16, 2023
January 8, 2024

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Degree Awarded: Software Engineering Graduate Certificate

Program Details

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Professionals in the information technology and computer industries can enhance their education and career possibilities by earning a graduate certificate in Software Engineering. The courses are offered one evening each week, live, via the Internet. Graduates apply their software development skills to implement new technologies in one of the fastest-growing professions throughout industry and government.

In addition to this graduate certificate, WVU offers an online master’s degree in Software Engineering.

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Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in any field. Minimum 3.0 GPA. At least one (1) year of software engineering industry experience outlined in a resume.


Students seeking admission to the Certificate in Software Engineering program must meet the following requirements to be admitted:

  • Submit an official transcript showing completion of a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited University with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale).
  • Submit a resume, three professional/academic letters of recommendation and a personal statement.
  • International applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency.
  • The GRE is not required.

Students may enroll in core courses in the M.S.S.E. program to complete the certificate. They may apply to the M.S.S.E. program; WVU policies on residency and credit sharing by programs should be considered for planning multiple programs.

Application Requirements

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit three letters of reference (provisional graduate students only)
  • GRE scores (regular graduate students only)
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510orelectronically sent to

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Software Engineering Graduate Certificate requires 15 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $698.

Total Degree Cost

$10,470 – Residents and Non-Residents

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Financial Aid

This graduate certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Software Engineering Graduate Certificate degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Software Developer
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Computer Systems Analyst
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Software Quality Assurance Engineer
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Computer Support Specialist
Projected 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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