Pathway to Computing Graduate Certificate

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers the fully online Pathway to Computing graduate certificate program as a bridge to the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) at USF. This program also provides a pathway to a computing career for college graduates with a degree in non-computing disciplines who want a new skill set that they can immediately use professionally.

Certificate graduates are well positioned to transition their career to computing and earn an advanced academic credential in computing. Students who successfully complete the online certificate program gain priority admission into USF’s MSCS program with no GRE required, and the Artificial Intelligence graduate certificate.

Part of a National Effort

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USF is a member of the MSCS Pathways to Computing Consortium, a national effort with the mission of designing and implementing programs that enable individuals from diverse academic backgrounds to obtain a Master of Science in computing disciplines and to pursue a career in tech. Consortium members join efforts in outreach and fund raising, providing scholarship opportunities to eligible students.

Who should apply to this online certificate?

The Pathway to Computing is an online certificate that is open to any graduate from a regionally accredited institution, on any career path with a degree in any major:

  • No prior experience or knowledge of computing required.
  • No coding background required.
  • Designed for non-CS students preparing for graduate school programs focused on computer science.
  • Ideal for non-computing college graduates seeking a pathway to a computing career.
  • Ideal for degreed professionals in any field seeking to transition to a career in computing.

As part of USF’s commitment to expanding the role of women in STEM careers, women are strongly urged to apply. Learn more about USF’s application process for graduate certificates. If you are a current USF graduate student and interested in earning this certificate, be sure to follow  these steps to apply.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1

Pathway to Computing Format and Courses

The Pathway to Computing features asynchronous online courses that are ideal for busy professionals who cannot attend on campus or attend set class times. The graduate certificate provides a pathway to a computing career after successful completion of 15 course credit hours:

Please see catalog for more information.

Completion Requirements

Pathway to Computing Course Progression

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Admission, Cost, and Financial Aid

We designed this graduate certificate to be accessible and affordable to applicants from a broad array of academic backgrounds. No GRE is required.

For information on how to apply to the graduate certificate program, and admission requirements, please visit here or contact

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