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.
Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements
In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
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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.
Applicants follow the general procedures for graduate degree acceptance into the master's degree program, but in an abbreviated form.
Apply and submit all required application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Statement of purpose: minimum 300 words
- Official transcripts: from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not)