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Computer Science Certificate Program

The Computer Science Certificate Program is a post-baccalaureate program designed to strengthen the expertise of professionals in key computer science areas. Graduates of the program will be better able to contribute to the increasingly technological work environment of the local economy. Students acquire direct experience with state-of-the-art hardware and software. Classes meet in the evening, and a student may take up to five years to complete the requirements.


  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and completion of the following courses in mathematics and computer science: Intro to calculus of one variable and a high level programming language such as C++ and/or Java.
  2. Applicants who do not have the required mathematics and/or computer science background may be granted provisional admission subject to the completion of these requirements within the first four semesters. Completion of these requirements will not be a part of the applicant's graduate program (refer to the Graduate School catalog).
  3. These requirements are identical to the requirements for students seeking to earn the master's degree in computer science. Students admitted to the master's degree program would also be eligible to earn a certificate by taking appropriate courses. Students admitted for the certificate program would also be admitted to the master's degree program; certificate courses count towards the master's degree, and the certificate student could easily switch to the degree option.


  1. A minimum of 12 credit hours of course work (four courses, three credits each), together with their prerequisites if any, from the chosen track, with an overall grade point average of 3.00 or better. The program must be approved by the student's academic advisor.
  2. All credits must be completed at Bowie State University.
  3. All requirements must be completed within a period of five (5) consecutive years.

Computer Science Building Suite 207
14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: (301)860-3960 Fax: (301)860-3979

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