​WPI’s online graduate certificates in Computer Science deliver a solid foundation in computer and communication networks, algorithms, and data management, combined with an opportunity to customize the programs through electives that deepen understanding in a specialized area, like cybersecurity.​

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

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.

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 with the cybersecurity graduate certificate program.  

  • 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.
  • More about cybersecurity at WPI

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: Intrusion Detection
  • CS 525. Special Topics: Digital Forensics
  • CS 571. Case Studies in Computer Security (Offered every other year starting in 2020)

Graduate Certificate in Computer Science (User Interface Design)

12 credits           

  • CS 546.  Human-Computer Interaction
  • CS 528.  Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  • CS 573.  Data Visualization
  • IMGD 5100.  Immersive Human-Computer Interaction (in development for online delivery)

View the current course schedule on the online MS page.

Admissions Guidelines

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science preferred, however other backgrounds will be considered.  This will include Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Math and Physics degrees that include significant Computer Science and Mathematics curriculum.  Major GPA greater than 3.0 is preferred. 

Live Webinar: Open House

Take your first step by attending our upcoming Virtual Open House to learn more about the program and online learning.

Tuesday, July 23
12:00 pm (Eastern Time)

With Special Guest:
Mike Ahern 
Director, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Cybersecurity: Hacking Into the Job Market

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.