Admission Questions

This certificate will admit its first class for Spring 2022. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2022. You can begin your online application here. If you have any questions about applying, contact an admission advisor at (866) 843-7205 (toll-free) or seidenbergonline@pace.edu.
A computer science degree is not required. However, we ask that applicants who do not have a degree in computer science or other closely related field either:

  • have an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field along with proof of extensive training and/or practice in software development or
  • have extensive working experience in the computing field.

A common myth about software engineering is that it is entirely focused on coding. However, coding is just a small part of the discipline.

There are no specific languages required in order to be accepted into this program. However, students should have some programming skills (e.g., Java, C++, Python, object-oriented approach). If a student does not have sufficient experience, they can still apply to the program but will need to take the preparatory course SE 602 Fundamental Computer Science I with Java before beginning the core courses.

No, courses such as SE 602 Fundamental Computer Science I with Java do not count towards the credits needed to fulfill the Advanced Certificate in Software Development and Engineering requirements. However, the grades earned in those courses do apply towards a student’s total GPA.
A 3.0 GPA is recommended. Some students who do not meet this GPA requirement may be accepted based on the strength of their other qualifications.

Program and Outcomes Questions

The certificate program takes approximately two semesters as a part-time student.
Coursework is a mix of synchronous and asynchronous elements. Instructors present their lectures live but upload a recording afterward for students who are unable to attend at the set time. Group project timelines must be followed and assignments must be submitted on time.
Yes, if you would like to earn your certificate at the same time as earning your MS in Software Development and Engineering, you can do so by choosing electives that align with the certificate curriculum.

Advanced Certificate in Software Development and Engineering
SE 673 Software Design Methodologies*
SE 675 Requirements Engineering*
SE 677 Software Reliability and Quality Assurance*
SE 000 Advanced Elective #1**
SE 000 Advanced Elective #2**

*Courses fulfilled by MS in Software Development and Engineering core requirements
**Courses that will need to be fulfilled through electives

If you begin with the Advanced Certificate in Software Development and Engineering, and decide you want to earn the full MS in Software Development and Engineering, you can apply the certificate credits towards the master’s program.
The need for leadership skills and for customer service skills is one reason that software engineering stands apart from other disciplines. Nearly all software engineers work as part of a team and so must be comfortable collaborating on and leading projects. They also work extensively with customers and clients. Our students get the chance to practice their skills in environments that reflect the collaborative workplaces they will find in the field.
An admission advisor is available to answer your questions by phone at (866) 843-7205 (toll-free) or email at seidenbergonline@pace.edu.

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