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Non-degree Options

Individuals can earn a certificate in a specialized area of computer science to help strengthen their resume or advance in their career. To be successful in our graduate level courses, we highly recommend that individuals have experience with computer science either through their career, through their undergraduate studies, or through professional development courses. Individuals are eligible to register as a non-degree student through the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (for on-campus students and non-degree MCS-DS courses) and the Office of Online Professional Engineering Programs for online courses (only available to those who do not have access to our on-campus courses).

Requirements for a Certificate

The department offers certificates in the areas listed below.

Individuals must hold at least a bachelor's degree to be eligible to receive a certificate. Each certificate requires a completion of three 4-credit hour courses identified in the certificates offerings below. The grade in each course must be a B or higher and all three courses must be completed within a two year timeframe. When all three courses have been completed, please contact Viveka P. Kudaligama at to request a review of completed courses and pending successful completion, a certificate.

Certificate Offerings

  • Security: CS 461, 463, and either 563 or 523
  • Networks and Distributed Systems: CS 425, 438, and either 423 or 523
  • Information Systems: CS 411, 511, and either 423 or 425
  • Software Engineering: CS 427, 428, and either 527 or 528
  • Systems Software: CS 423, 523, and either CS 425 or 438

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee rates for Certificate Offerings can be found at Engineering Online for online course cost and at Office of Continuing Education for on-campus courses.


Courses are offered on a semester-based schedule. To learn how to register for an online course and the deadlines, please visit the Office of Online Professional Engineering Program. For the on-campus courses, please visit the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (located on 901 West University Ave in Urbana).

Graduate Academic Office Contact Information

Grad Academic Office
University of Illinois
201 North Goodwin, 1210 Siebel Center
Urbana, IL 61801

Campus Mail Code: MC-258
Phone: (217) 333-4428
Fax: (217) 244-6073


Monday – Friday

  • Morning: 8:00 AM to 11:45 AM
  • Afternoon: 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM
  • Walk-in advising hours start at 10:00 AM

List of Graduate Advising Contacts