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Earn an Online Certificate in Software Engineering from St. Mary’s

The Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering at St. Mary’s University serves the needs of individuals who would like to quickly increase their knowledge and skill level in the field of software engineering. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply sound engineering theory, principles, tools and processes, as well as principles of computer science and mathematics, to the evaluation, design, development, testing and maintenance of complex software systems.

It is important to note that this certificate program does not focus on providing students with a large repertoire of programming skills that emphasize particular language syntax.

Instead, the program gives students the knowledge and skills to develop and manage large-scale software systems with a primary focus on quality, reliability and maintainability.

  • Online Education

    The Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering at St. Mary’s can be completed online.

  • Certificate Program

    The certificate program requires four classes (12 credit hours) and can be completed fully online:

    Courses in the certificate program can be used toward completion of an online master’s in Software Engineering with additional courses and either a capstone project or thesis:

  • Courses

    Students will choose four courses from the following:

    • Agile System Development 
    • Software Design and Architecture 
    • Software Engineering 
    • Software Project Planning 
    • Software Quality Assurance 
    • Requirements Engineering 

What can I do with a Certificate in Software Engineering?

Career opportunities for a student who completes a Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering include:

  • 3M 
  • Activision 
  • Apple 
  • Google 
  • H-E-B 
  • Meta 
  • Microsoft 
  • Southwest Research Institute 
  • USAA 

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements and Process

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Computer science, or a closely related discipline such as Physics or Mathematics. The Graduate Program Director will evaluate applicants from other disciplines on an individual basis. If the applicant has not taken the following courses or equivalent courses in their undergraduate program, they may be admitted with the provision that they take the prerequisite courses at St. Mary’s University or other institutions: Discrete Mathematics, Object Oriented Programming, and Data Structures and Algorithms.

International students must submit minimum TOEFL scores of 80 on the Internet-based test or at least 6.0 on the IELTS. Students who score 6.0 on the IELTS or 80-82 on the TOEFL will be required to enroll in EN6301 Academic Writing for International Students during the first semester of attendance.

To apply to the Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering, submit a completed application form, a written statement of purpose indicating your interests and objectives, a résumé/CV, and official transcripts of all college-level work. The GRE/GMAT is not required for admission to the certificate program.

To discuss specific requirements for this program, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 210-436-3101 or graduate@stmarytx.edu, or visit the Graduate Admission page to learn more.


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Graduate Certificate FAQs

Courses in the Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering program can be used toward completion of the Master of Science in Software Engineering from St. Mary’s University with additional courses for a total of 30 hours. Students can pursue a non-thesis/capstone project option or a thesis option. The master’s in Software Engineering is also offered fully online.

Can my certificate credits go toward a master’s degree?

The cost of the Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering is charged by credit hour. Check the Tuition and Fees page for current rates.

Some programs may qualify for financial aid. Prospective certificate students are encouraged to consult with the Office of Financial Assistance to understand the financing specifics.

How much does the certificate cost?

The Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering is 12 credit hours, which can take 9-12 months to complete, on average.

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Courses in the online Software Engineering certificate program are virtual (synchronous). Virtual courses are taken remotely in real-time (with your professor and classmates via Zoom) on a scheduled class day and time.

Are courses in the online certificate program synchronous or asynchronous?
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