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College of Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering Systems — Arlington

Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering Systems focuses on the socio-technical approach to software engineering.


Arlington, Virginia




1-1.5 Years



Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering Systems focuses on using engineering tools and considering real-world complexities to design and construct practical and viable software solutions. 

This four-course graduate certificate seeks to provide students opportunities to apply the fundamentals of engineering knowledge and skills to software development with attention on enterprise design and integration, secure systems design and creation, and data integration and architecture.

Unique Features
  • Gain specialized knowledge in software engineering systems 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 2021-2022 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.

Finance Your Education

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 professional industry experience in their field of interest as part of the academic curriculum while employed from four to eight months in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial startups.
In 2019, the Graduate School of Engineering placed nearly 1000 students in co-op positions. We have a team that prepares students for the cooperative education experience through resumé building, developing interview skills, and guiding professional development.

Admission Dates


Recommended deadline for Spring 2023:December 1, 2022

How to Apply

Learn more about the College of Engineering’s admissions process and required materials.

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