The Computer Science graduate certificate program at WPI offers you a cohesive set of graduate-level courses in a specialized area of computer science to enhance your knowledgebase and increase your marketability in the workforce. You will complete a set of courses in your area of interest: Cybersecurity, User Interface Design or a faculty-approved set of thematically-related coursework. With a faculty-approved Plan of Study, your Graduate Certificate can fully transfer into a WPI Master of Science in Computer Science. Earn two graduate credentials with no extra coursework.

WPI also offers an online MS in Computer Science.

A Graduate Certificate in Computer Science is also offered on campus

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Online Graduate Certificate Options

Graduate Certificate in Computer Science

  • 12-15 credits thematically-related in student's area of interest

Graduate Certificate in Computer Science (Cybersecurity focus)

Learn how to prevent, detect, and effectively respond to cyberattacks. As a leader in cybersecurity, WPI is a National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security Designated Center of Excellence. We have core faculty performing current research in a variety of areas.

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18 credits           

  • CS 525S. Computer and Network Security
  • CS 509. Design of Software Systems
  • OIE 542. Risk Management and Decision Making
  • CS 525. Special Topics: Network Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • CS 525. Special Topics: Digital Forensics
  • CS 571. Case Studies in Computer Security 

Graduate Certificate in Computer Science (Interface Design for Software Engineers)

Learn how to design intuitive user-centered interfaces.

12 credits           

  • CS 546.  Human-Computer Interaction
  • CS 528.  Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  • CS 573.  Data Visualization
  • IMGD 5100.  Immersive Human-Computer Interaction*
    *Please note this course has specific hardware and software requirements. You will want to ensure you touch-base with your Student Success Manager for further details.

View the current course schedule on the online MS page.

Admissions Guidelines

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science is preferred. Other backgrounds will be considered that include significant computer science and mathematics curriculum such as Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Math, and Physics degrees. Major GPA greater than 3.0 is preferred. 

Online Course Demo

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Webinar: Open House

We are hosting an upcoming webinar to introduce you to our online Computer Science graduate program. Learn more about the program, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more! We hope you can join us on Wednesday, March 4, at 12PM (ET).

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The need for experts in the cybersecurity field is growing at a rapid pace. Cybersecurity experts are hacking their way into the job market.

Check out this infographic for the staggering figures.

The Challenging World of Cybersecurity

View three free, one-hour webinars that provide some insight into cybersecurity risk reduction.