Computer Science Certificate

The Certificate in Computer Science is a non-degree course of study for anyone interested in acquiring the state of the art knowledge and skills such as Java programming, object-oriented software development, networks and telecommunications, web development, and database management.

Students can begin the program with a minimal understanding of computers and finish this program with skills to master the rapid development of computer technologies. Courses are taught by the faculty of the Department of Computer Science. All courses are for credit and can be transferred into the undergraduate major in computer science or used to satisfy prerequisites for admission into the MS program in computer science. Courses offered in the evenings and online. Students will also have access to state-of-the-art computer labs to support their studies. Students are admitted in the fall and spring semesters.

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Certificate Requirements

Students complete the following six courses (18 credit hours) of undergraduate coursework:

  • One 200 level COMP course
  • Two 300 level COMP courses (excluding COMP 391)

SCPS cannot guarantee full-time student status throughout the length of our certificate programs. Courses are offered in the 16-week format during the day.

International Students

International Students seeking admission to any certificate program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are required to demonstrate the ability to study at Loyola University Chicago with the appropriate F-I visa status classification. The Office of International Programs is available to assist you regarding the appropriate documentation to study with SCPS. Please feel free to contact them at 773.508.7706 or Please be advised:

  • You will be required to provide documentation of your ability to finance your tuition, fees, and living expenses. Please contact The Office of International Programs at 773.508.7706 for details and the appropriate forms needed. SCPS does not provide scholarship assistance for students seeking certificate credentials.
  • An I-20 certificate of eligibility can be issued after admission to an SCPS certificate program, documents regarding post-secondary, English language proficiency, and financial documentation have been submitted. For complete information on the documents needed to receive an I-20 and an F-1 visa as well as helpful advice, visit here.

We invite you to visit us for an Open House or Information Session at our downtown Chicago campus.  Contact us to request more information about Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies Actuarial Science programs.