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Graduate Certificate in Blockchain and Smart Contract Engineering

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Blockchain and Smart Contract Engineering addresses the rapidly growing and revolutionary field of distributed ledger (blockchain) technology. Companies from different industries are preparing to enhance their business practices through cryptocurrency, decentralized computing, digital security, smart contracts, and more.


Arlington, VA




2 Years





Program Overview

The certificate program covers blockchain platforms that bring about transparency and trust to all participants in complex multiparty relationships, such as Ethereum. The implication is tremendous—from new currency and incentive systems to faster, less expensive, and more-efficient transactions of all kinds, to banking and healthcare. You’ll have an opportunity to learn how blockchain platforms and their underlying trust models will impact the future of legally binding, multiparty contracts. You’ll also have an opportunity to learn how crypto-engineering techniques can be used to create digital trust fabrics and safely facilitate the movement of any transaction.

Unique Features
  • Gain specialized knowledge in blockchain and smart contract engineering to advance or change your career
  • Boost your earnings: Graduate certificate holders receive an average 25% higher salary, according to the Washington Post
  • Explore your area of interest and leverage your graduate certificate as a gateway to a master’s degree
  • Study in Arlington, Virginia, home to world-leading companies and organizations developing the ideas and technologies of tomorrow. The campus is in the heart of the Arlington/Virginia corridor, embedded within a network of companies and peers at world-leading companies.

Tuition and Aid



This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2022-2023 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

Find detailed information on tuition and fees from Student Financial Services.

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We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships. Learn more from Student Financial Services.


For 100+ years, we’ve designed our programs with one thing in mind—your success. Explore the current program requirements and course descriptions, all designed to meet today’s industry needs and must-have skills.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real-world engineering challenges. The cooperative education program, also known as co-op, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a co-op program for graduate students. Through this program, students gain up to eight months of professional experience employed in their field of interest as part of the academic curriculum, giving them a competitive edge upon graduation.

The College of Engineering has more than 2,000 co-op employer partners globally. Our dedicated team of co-op coordinators prepare students for the co-op experience through resumé building, developing interview skills, and guiding professional development.

Admission Dates

Applications received after the stated deadline dates will be accepted and processed as quickly as possible; however it may not be possible to have a decision rendered in time for the applicant to begin taking classes for the desired term if admitted.

Applications submitted by the referenced dates will receive full consideration for the referenced term. Applications received after the referenced dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


International student deadline outside the US:June 1
International student deadline inside the US:July 1
Domestic student deadline:August 1


International student deadline outside the US:September 15
International student deadline inside the US:November 1
Domestic student deadline:December 1

Additional information for international applicants can be found at the Office of Global Services (OGS). OGS is an active resource to over 20,000 international students and scholars from 147 different nations across the world. They provide the professional expertise and support you need to maintain compliance through immigration, academic, and your employment experiences—helping you remain a valuable member of the Northeastern community.

How to Apply

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