Pathway to Computing Graduate Certificate Program FAQs

Admission FAQs

Which transcript(s) do I need to provide?

You must provide unofficial transcripts from each college or university you attended, including military credits and CLEP scores. Upon admission into the program, you will be required to submit official transcripts from each college or university you’ve attended.

Do you require any undergraduate prerequisite courses to be admitted into this program? (For example, are any specific physics or mathematics courses required ?)

There are no prerequisite courses required to be admitted. We will evaluate your overall academic performance.

I do not have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Can I still be admitted?

The University of South Florida requires that students have a 3.00 GPA or higher to be admitted. However, we are able to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis:

  1. The student has above a 3.00 GPA in their upper-level coursework.
  2. The student has taken non degree-seeking courses after graduation and received a 3.00 GPA or higher.

These exceptions are at the discretion of the admissions committee.

What factors do you consider when looking at my application for this program?

We take a comprehensive look at your application and consider your academic coursework, recommendation letters, statement of purpose and relevant work experience.

How many recommendation letters should I include in my application?

We require two recommendation letters to be submitted with your application, but you are welcome to submit additional letters. Letters must be from individuals qualified to attest to the your academic or professional capabilities.

Program FAQs 

What is the cost for this program?

Cost of this 15-credit-hour certificate program is $640 per credit hour, a total of $9,600.

Please note: This is a self-supporting program. With the exception of the Department of Children and Family (DCF) waivers, all other waivers (including State of Florida and USF employee) are not accepted for Self-Funded/Self-Supporting or Market Rate Tuition program courses. 

For additional information, visit USF Tuition Waiver.

For additional financial aid info, visit

Is this program covered by the GI Bill?

Both USF CSE graduate certificates, Pathway to Computing and AI, may be covered by the GI Bill. If you are planning to utilize VA Education Benefits,  you must complete a VAWorks application through the Office of Veteran Success. This application must be completed each semester. For additional assistance and questions regarding VA benefits, please contact the Office of Veteran Success.

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How soon can I enter the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program after I complete the pathway program?

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, you may enroll in the MSCS program in the following entry term. For example, if you complete the pathway program in Fall 2022, you may enter the MSCS program in Spring 2023.

Are there any scholarships available?

USF CSE has received funds from the MSCS Pathways to Computing Consortium to award students enrolled in the Pathway to Computing Graduate Certificate program. You must first apply to the Pathway Certificate program to be considered for the scholarship. Preference for students from under-represented populations in computing including women or non-binary, Black/African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Pacific Islander or Alaskan Native and Native Americans, or students who have high financial need per the student’s FAFSA or other means.

If I complete the Pathway to Computing certificate program, will I be guaranteed admission into all of the USF Master’s programs in the Computer Science and Engineering department?

The Pathway to Computing graduate certificate program only guarantees admission into the MSCS program. For the other programs in the department, this graduate certificate may offer you a higher chance of getting in, but it is not guaranteed.

If I am graduating with my bachelor’s degree this semester, can I apply for the program that starts next semester?

Yes, you can apply for the pathway program during your bachelor’s graduation semester. But you need to make sure you already get your bachelor’s degree when you start your pathway program.

Do any credits at all count towards to the master’s program?

No, the credits in Pathway to Computing Certificate do not count toward the master’s programs.

If I did not attend a computer science related major, what do I need to prepare for the courses in the pathway program?

We designed this program for people without a computer science background. We assume you do not have any background in computing. Thus, no CS-related preparation is required. The courses in the pathway program will get you prepared for the courses that follow.

Pathway Courses FAQ

Are all the courses offered online?

Yes, all courses are offered online.

How flexible are the online courses? Can I access them at any time of the day?

All courses will be asynchronous, meaning you will not need to log in for live online classes at a scheduled time each week. There will be weekly assignments. Course materials and class recordings will be available on Canvas for you to complete at your own pace. The final exams will be synchronous online at scheduled dates/times.