Learn the fundamentals of computer sciences and move into the role of software developer in an ever-expanding, global field.

Is this program right for you?

If you are ready to move into the role of software developer, a certificate in Computer Sciences from the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences is the answer. As a qualified software developer, you can expect excellent job prospects and an outstanding salary.


Our students are working professionals with backgrounds in statistics, math, biology, and many other fields. What they have in common is an interest in software development, a desire for hands-on learning, and a fast entry point to job opportunities around the world.


The UW-Madison compressed program in Computer Sciences can be completed in four to six semesters, depending on your previous expertise and whether you attend full- or part-time. Many courses are offered in the evenings as well as over the summer. Most students complete one course per semester.


The majority of our students work in the Madison metropolitan area. Our courses are designed so that you can maintain your current employment while building your new, highly marketable skill set. In fact, many of our students are paid to complete their certificate in Computer Sciences so they can take on software development roles with their current employers.


If you have a background in computer sciences, you only need to complete four courses for your certificate; at least two must be at the 400 level or above. If you have no computer sciences background, you may choose to first take our Introduction to Programming and Introduction to Data Structures classes, followed by four courses as required for the certificate. For these, you can select from a broad range of course options in the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences and precisely target the skills most relevant to your career goals.


Although our certificate in Computer Sciences opens the door to software developer jobs, some students have used it to launch into our competitive Professional Master’s Program in Computer Sciences. With a certificate in computer sciences from UW-Madison, the world of software development is limited only by the opportunities you seek.


What you Learn

  • Build your skill set in software development, analysis, and testing

Where & How you learn


  • Evening, face-to-face


  • Attend classes full- or part-time, and complete your certificate in as few as four semesters
  • Maintain at least a grade of C in every course

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All applicants must:

  • Have a four-year bachelor’s degree or the equivalent

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