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Software Engineering

Certificate in Software Engineering

Offered at IUPUI by School of Science.


The graduate certificate in Software Engineering is a Purdue University certificate offered in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Software Engineering is the branch of computer science that is focused on the application of systematic, disciplined, and quantifiable approaches to the development, operation, and maintenance of software systems.

A central problem of today's economic development and competitiveness in industry, society, science, and engineering is the mastering of complex, large software-intensive products and the processes of their construction, application and adaptation.

The certificate will provide you with knowledge of software projects, including requirements analysis, object-oriented methods, design patterns, testing, and maintenance. You'll complete the certificate with a proficiency in software project management, software design, Unified Modeling Language usage, and computer-aided software engineering.

During your courses, you'll learn about esthetic issues in software design, ethical practices in the software industry, current processes for developing software, current processes for managing software engineering projects, how to measure software quality, how to measure project progress, and what tools you need to support software engineering projects.

Understanding the requirements

The certificate requires the completion of 12 credit hours. Students admitted directly to the Computer Science Master of Science graduate program may earn this certificate in conjunction with their M.S. degree. After finishing the requirements for the graduate certificate, you may opt to finish the remaining requirements towards a master's degree, but admission is not guaranteed.

Core course requirement

  • 56500 (Programming Languages)

Specialization courses

  • 50600 (Management of Software Development Process)
  • 50700 (Object Oriented Design and Programming)
  • 53700 (Distributed Computing) or 53600 (Networks)