Software Architecture Online Graduate Certificate Program
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Software Architecture
Drexel University’s online Graduate Certificate in Software Architecture equips you with state-of-the-art practices for designing, analyzing, documenting, and implementing software architectures. Designed for those with programming skills and experience, you’ll take courses in areas like software design, software architecture, requirement engineering and management, and software project management to prepare you for roles in this field.
What Does A Software Architect Do?
A software architect is the technical expert who is responsible for defining the overall solution for the software system to be developed. As a software architect, you'll make critical decisions on architectural styles, quality attributes, key interfaces, and technologies that will best serve the project, act as a liaison between business partners and the development team, maintain the overall framework, and ensure product quality.
Software architects must showcase a range of technical skills throughout their daily tasks. You’ll need to know:
- software engineering and design
- the ins-and-outs of various platforms
You’ll also need to act as a project manager, utilizing soft skills such as:
- leadership techniques
Online Software Architecture Certificate Program Features
- Five-course, 15-credit program
- 100% online for distance-learning
- Graduates of the certificate program who meet certain grade requirements may transfer those credits into the Master of Science in Software Engineering
Online Software Architect Program Requirements
To be eligible for this certificate, you should have a four-year bachelor's degree or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related STEM field, plus work experience equal to Drexel's Graduate Certificate in Computer Science. If your previous education experience is not in Computer Science or Software Engineering, you must complete the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science. For more information, including requirements for international students, please see the Admissions Criteria page.
What Is the Salary for a Software Architect?
Salaries can vary based on location, job title, and years of experience. However, some job titles and salaries that this certificate can prepare you for include:
- Computer and Information Research Scientist - $126,830
- Computer Network Architect - $116,780
- Computer Programmer - $89,190
- Software Developers - $110,140
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020
Online Certificate in Software Architecture Program FAQs
What are the differences between software design and programming?
Software programmers are responsible for writing code for software, operating systems, and other computer programs. Often, programmers take on additional work, though coding is typically at the heart of the position.
Software designers, on the other hand, make decisions on various aspects of the software projects. They consider how to create code to satisfy user requirements, fit the computer hardware and systems it will be interacting with, interact with other software systems, ensure performance or security, etc. This also tends to be more of a front-facing position, with designers responsible for communicating with both clients and the development team.
Is experience required for this program?
Drexel recommends that you have a few years of work experience in the software development field before entering this program.
Do I have to come to campus for this program?
This program can be completed 100% remotely. A face-to-face version of the program is also available. Learn more about the on-campus program.
- MS in Computer Science
- MS in Software Engineering
- Graduate Certificate in Computing Systems Security & Privacy
- Graduate Certificate in Software Management
State restrictions may apply to some programs.
This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.
|Required Core Courses|
|SE 575||Software Design||3.0|
|SE 577||Software Architecture||3.0|
|Elective Core Courses (select two)||6.0|
||Fundamentals of Databases|
|SE 572||Web Services & Mobile Applications|
|SE 576||Software Reliability Testing|
|SE 627||Requirement Engineering and Management|
|Elective Course (select one)||3.0|
||Distributed Systems Software|
|INFO 608||Human-Computer Interaction|
|INFO 659||Introduction to Data Analytics|
|SE 610||Open Source Software Engineering|
|SE 630||Software Economics|
|SE 638||Software Project Management|
- A four-year bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related STEM degree, plus work experience equal to Drexel's Graduate Certificate in Computer Science
- Pre-requisites for all graduate level programs: computer requirements and skills
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelor's degree or above
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
- One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
- Essay/Statement of Purpose
- In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success, and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
- Additional requirements for International Students
The tuition rate for the academic year 2022-2023 is $1396 per credit.
- This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
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