Computer Science Certificate

This 9 credit hour, concise certificate program focuses directly on what is needed to enable students to begin a career in the field or to prepare them to complete a Master’s Degree in Information Technology or Software Engineering.

Students will develop a thorough understanding of the principles of object-orientation: abstraction, delegation, inheritance, and polymorphism; exposure to basic design patterns; and programming experience in mainstream object-oriented languages such as C++ and Java.

Students will take their software development abilities to the next level by building on their knowledge of practices, including: designing with interfaces and composition, design patterns, refactoring, and test-driven development (TDD)

Total Number of Courses 3
Total Number of Credit Hours 9 credit hours
Recommended Start Term Students can begin this certificate in any of our 5 8-week sessions, but the most expedient way to complete the certificate would be to begin in the Fall I Session.
Schedule Format Courses offered in the evenings and online within 8 week sessions and during the day within the 16 week semester. 
Quickest Time to Complete 3 8-Week Sessions (8 months)
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate None
Course Locations Water Tower Campus
820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Lakeshore Campus –
1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago
Application and Admission Requirements

Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions

Tuition and Fees


Certificate Requirements

  • COMP 170 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • COMP 271 Data Structures: Algorithms and Applications
  • COMP 413 Intermediate Object-Oriented Development

Course Descriptions

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For more information

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