A New Online Graduate Certificate from USF

Prepare for a master's degree in computer science or get the skills to transition to a new tech career with this affordable, fully online certificate program. 


Breaking Down Barriers to a Computer Science Career

pathway-to-computing-consortiumHave you thought about transitioning to the computer science field, but lack the technical proficiencies required? Our new 15-credit-hour bridge program can help you qualify for positions in the white-hot technical job market or prepare to enroll in a graduate-level computer science program. Prior experience isn’t necessary – we’ll teach you everything you need to know, from discrete structures to object-oriented design to algorithms.

At USF, we believe that a master’s degree in computing should be accessible to graduates from any discipline, regardless of prior experience or knowledge. USF’s Pathway to Computing Certificate is a quick and effective way to gain the foundational skills required to enter a master’s program or advance in your career. Plus, you can choose to attend full-time or part-time, allowing this program to fit into your busy life.

Why Choose USF’s Pathway to Computing Certificate?


No Computing Experience Required

No computer science background? No problem!



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Affordable Costs

We offer low tuition rates.


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Fast Completion

This 15-credit-hour certificate can be completed in 3 semesters.


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No GRE Required

Test scores are not needed to apply.

Is the Online Certificate Program Right for You?

This online computer science certificate program is ideal for a wide variety of individuals who completed a bachelor’s degree in another field. Before committing, ask yourself some important questions:

  • Do you have a non-computing background and need a bridge to a master’s degree in computer science?
  • Do you want a pathway to a computing career, but need additional computer science prep courses to get there?
  • Do you want to obtain the technical skills needed to transition your career to computing fields or advance in your current role?
  • Do you have a strong math and science background?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re a great candidate!


Get Priority Admission to USF’s Master of Science in Computer Science Program

Don’t let your non-computing bachelor’s degree hold you back from pursuing an advanced degree in computer science. Students who successfully complete this online certificate program with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 in all reference graduate certificate coursework and C or better in each course are eligible for priority admission to USF's Master of Science in Computer Science program.

There are no additional tests to take, so you can get started on your degree sooner. This is your chance to qualify for a leading computer science graduate program no matter what undergraduate degree you hold.


Prepare for a High-Demand Computing Career

Through this online computer science certificate, you’ll build advanced technical skills in software development, system design, scripting languages and more. If you pursue the Master of Science in Computer Science following the Pathway to Computing certificate, you will be positioned for success in several exciting careers, including some of the hottest tech jobs:

  • Software Engineer
  • Systems and Infrastructure Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • AI/Data Scientist
  • System Architect