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Computer Networks & Distributed Systems Graduate Certificate

The Computer Networks and Distributed Systems certificate program is offered by Department of Computer and Information Science. The program includes courses in advanced computer systems, operating systems, and computer networks.

You will gain:

  • knowledge of tools, techniques, and theory associated with computer networks and their performance evaluation
  • solid understanding of distributed computing systems, including distributed operating systems
  • understanding of fundamental issues associated with computer networks engineering including multimedia networking

The certificate program also serves as a path to master's degree programs in computer science at UMassD. 

The 5 courses required for the certificate are compatible with MS degree requirements for Computer Science, enabling you to transition to a degree program without loss of credits.

Prospective students can take up to 2 courses for the certificate before completing their official acceptance to the certificate program, with permission of the instructor.

University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300-600 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required.
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. The Duolingo test is not accepted for the following programs: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory, Marine Science and Technology (MS, PSM, PhD), Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Portuguese Studies, Professional Writing and Communication, Psychology (ABA, Clinical, Research), Public Policy, and Teaching (MAT).

Program-specific requirements

Candidates must submit the required application materials, university requirements and program-specific requirements, for consideration.

Applicants are required to hold an appropriate undergraduate degree such as a BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or BS in other closely related disciplines.

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