Computer Science Education Certificate: Admissions Requirements

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The online application process prompts applicants for the following information:

  • First name, last name, phone, email.
  • Current degree program (if any), expected completion date, current GPA.
  • Academic transcripts of degrees earned previously.
  • Brief statement explaining why the applicant seeks to earn this certificate and a discussion of previous experience with computer applications.
  • Two letters of recommendation. The applicant provides names and email addresses of the recommenders, and recommendation forms are emailed directly to them from the online application. Instructions are instructed as to how to return the completed forms electronically.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae that documents the applicant’s prior work experience, publications, honors and awards received, and a summary of educational credentials including documentation of previous experience with computer applications.


Application Fee

A $75 application fee is due upon receipt of the online application.


Prior Degree Requirements

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in any academic field from an accredited college or university. Typically, our applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher.



An unofficial transcript is required with your application. You should visit the registrar’s page of your home institution (post-high school institutions only) to download or print an unofficial copy to create your scan. If your home institution does not provide this service, ask for a student copy to create your scan. Do not mail official transcripts during the applicant stage.

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Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis all throughout the year. Students may start in any academic term. Application deadlines are listed as follows:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 10
  • Spring: January 23
  • Summer: May 27


English Language Requirements

Courses in the graduate certificate in Computer Science Education are taught in the English language, and participants must be proficient in English. In order to qualify for graduate study at the University of Delaware, applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by attaining a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (iBT), 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test), or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0.


University Statement

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $812.

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is in a college that has differential tuition rates, whereas the School of Education does not have differential tuition. Candidates admitted into the graduate certificate in computer science education program will be charged at the CEHD adjusted graduate student tuition rate of $750 per credit hour for the 2021-22 academic year.
Students electing the program’s courses who are not admitted into the graduate certificate in computer science education either pay the tuition rate charged in the student’s current degree program if the student is matriculated, or they pay the continuing education rate charged via Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS).