FAQs

What is the Computer Software Certificate program?
The Certificate in Computer Software is a 15-credit academic certificate. Students choose from three pre-set tracks, or a self-designed track. The three preset tracks are:

  • Web Development Track
  • Software Development Track
  • Computer Science Master’s Preparation Track

The Master’s Prep Track is appropriate for students looking to prepare for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science.

The Master’s Prep Track is the only track eligible for financial aid unless otherwise specified by the CS faculty advisor.

The Software Development and Master’s Prep Tracks may require additional MATH or CS courses beyond the five courses required for track/Certificate completion.

What do I need to do to create a self-designed track?
For the self-designed track, students will work with faculty advisor James Eddy in the Computer Science department to develop their academic plan.

Do I have to take the courses in order?
In general students can take the courses in any order they wish; however, CS 008 and CS 021 serve as prerequisites for more advanced courses and should be completed first.

What does the Computer Software Certificate cost?
To view the Continuing Education estimated tuition and fees rates for the 2016/17 academic year, please visit: http://www.uvm.edu/studentfinancialservices/continuing_education_tuition_and_fees

Summer tuition is offered at a discounted rate.  Information can be found here:  http://www.uvm.edu/studentfinancialservices/summer_university_tuition_and_fees

Is financial aid available for this program?
You can view information about financial aid opportunities and find out if you qualify by working with UVM’s Student Financial Services office: http://www.uvm.edu/studentfinancialservices/types_aid_and_how_apply

Can I transfer credits into the Certificate Program, either from UVM or another institution?
Students may transfer one course (3 credits) from another institution to be applied to the Certificate

If a student transfers a course from another institution to be applied to the Certificate, it will not appear on the student’s UVM transcript.

What do students use this Certificate for?
This program can help students improve or advance their career in an IT-related field, enhance their computer science skills to become a valuable employee, receive certification prior to entering or while working toward a degree in Computer Science, or prepare for graduate studies in Computer Science.

Can I complete this program as an international student?
The University cannot issue immigration documents for entry to the US for purposes of enrolling in credit courses as a non-degree student, thus you will not be able to complete this program.

Can the Certificate Program be completed entirely online?
The Certificate in Computer Software courses are available online and on campus; however, to complete all the required courses students will need to enroll in several on-campus courses in Burlington, Vermont.

What do I do once I complete the Certificate Program?
Once a student completes the Certificate program, they must submit a completion form to receive their Certificate.  You can fill out the form on this webpage once you have completed the program: https://universityofvermontcontinuingeducation.formstack.com/forms/actl_completion_form__copy

Are VA Benefits available for this program?
The University of Vermont is able to certify VA benefits for this program. If you intend to use VA benefits for this program, please apply to the program and contact UVM’s Veterans Affairs Coordinator, David Carlson, via email at dcarlson@uvm.edu or by phone at (802) 656-0581, and Program Coordinator, Nichole Hathaway at Nichole.Hathaway@uvm.edu or by phone at (802) 656-4682, to inform the university of these intentions.