Computer Science Certificate

About the Computer Science Certificate at Loyola

Technology plays an integral role in the success of 21st-century business and industry across a broad spectrum of fields, contributing to a continuing and growing need for skilled, well-trained technology professionals.

The Computer Science Certificate offered through Loyola's School of Continuing and Professional Studies is designed to empower working professionals to expand their career opportunities by diversifying their skill sets to meet the need for knowledgeable technology pros.

The program offers an ideal path for those looking to begin a career in the technology sector, as well as those who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree or complete their master's degree in information technology or software engineering.

Program Structure

The Computer Science Certificate is a nine-credit-hour program that includes three courses that can be completed within one semester over an eight-week timeframe.

You do not need a background in computer science or programming to enroll in the program. Courses are rigorous and intensive, preparing you with a thorough understanding of the principles of object-orientation, basic design patterns, and programming in mainstream object-oriented languages.

Courses are offered online, with weekly synchronous meetings held during the evening.

Why Choose Loyola for the Computer Science Certificate?

A convenient online delivery format

The Computer Science Certificate program is delivered fully online, with weekly synchronous meetings held during evenings, allowing you to collaborate with fellow students and faculty in a way most convenient for you.

Courses in the certificate program can be applied toward an undergraduate degree and will satisfy prerequisites for Loyola's MS in Information Technology and Software Engineering program for those looking to advance their education.

Classes in the certificate program are kept intentionally small as a way to ensure that you will receive the most engaging and personalized learning experience possible.

As a student in the certificate program, you will complete two required courses and then choose from a variety of electives covering areas like software engineering, information technology, web applications, and mobile software for the remaining course.

You can complete the certificate program within a single semester, over the course of eight weeks, offering you an accelerated and streamlined track to earning your credential and enhancing your resume.

The certificate is offered through Loyola's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, widely recognized for its quality programming and mission of empowering adult learners through an accessible, impactful, and holistic education.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Computer Science Certificate program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Computer Science Certificate program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Computer Science Certificate learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your return to school a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Computer Science Certificate totals $7110.00, or 9 credit hours at a cost of $790.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Computer Science Certificate Scholarships

For detailed information about tuition, costs, and aid, please visit the SCPS Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Computer Science Certificate are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Rolling applications, recommended deadlines are:

Spring I: January 6
Fall I: August 5

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Computer Science Certificate include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • Completed Application

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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Applying online to the Computer Science Certificate program is a swift, uncomplicated, and cost-free process. After submission, you can proceed to send and upload any additional requirements.

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