If you have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree that is not in computer science, but you now want to learn the fundamentals of computer science so you can transition toward a developer job or advance in your field, the Professional Capstone Certificate Program is for you. Students generally use this program to gain programming skills to transfer into a more technical position, for promotion, or as a way to prepare for a graduate program like the Professional Master’s Program. This popular program has welcomed students from many companies in the Madison metropolitan area
Once enrolled in the program, if you are new to computer science, you will start by taking two introductory courses: CS 200 or 220, and CS 300. Afterward, you will take four courses to complete the program and earn the certificate. (If you have had an introductory background to computer science, you do not have to take CS 200/220 and CS 300.) Thus, a working professional taking one course per semester can complete the program in four to six semesters, depending on their background.
To help working professionals, certain courses are offered once a week in the evening. There is also an option to apply to continue (part time or full time) in our Professional Master’s Program to obtain an MS degree in Computer Sciences in an additional one to one-and-a-half years.
UW–Madison’s Department of Computer Sciences is highly ranked. UW–Madison is one of the top ten public universities in the country in terms of federal research funds, and it has been listed among top educational institutions overall since the early 1900s. One important measure of any academic program is the success of its students. Our students have interned and worked at numerous high-tech companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Epic, as well as taught at top-ranked departments in computer science all over the world. The Professional Capstone Certificate Program has been hugely popular and has had many students complete the program since its first cohort of graduates in Fall 2015.
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