An undergraduate certificate in computer studies provides you with an introduction to the entire field of computer and information science. It is a credential providing you knowledge in a specific skill area and may serve as a foundation toward an associate or bachelor's degree.

About the Computer Studies Undergraduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

Programming track (CMIS):

  • Design, test, and debug algorithms to solve problems using pseudocode and C
  • Create, implement, test, debug, and document object-oriented programs using Java

A+ Net+ track (CMIT):

  • Evaluate, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot computer hardware components and operating systems
  • Recognize the type of network design appropriate for a given scenario

Digital Media/Interactive Design track (CMST):

  • Follow proven design theory in creating digital media for print, web, and mobile devices
  • Design effective digital media from concept to final product

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write and run programs which emulate an ATM
  • Modify code to improve interactive webpages
  • Conduct usability reviews
  • Create storyboards
  • Use lab simulations to prepare for the CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ certification exams
  • Create instructions on how to build a computer from scratch
  • Assess and document the hardware, software, and network services needed to support organizational goals

Computer Studies Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Core Courses

  • CMIS 102
  • IFSM 201

Discipline-Specific Course Sequence (6 credits)

Choose one 6-credit sequence from the following:

  • CMIS 141
  • CMIS 242


  • CMIT 202
  • CMIT 265


  • CMST 290
  • CMST 295

Computer Studies-Related Courses (6 credits)

Chosen from any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV courses

Overall Certificate Requirements

Common Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You must complete a total of 18 credits, including at least 9 credits with UMGC.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses. Certificate courses may not be taken as pass/fail.
  • At least half of the total credits you use for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You may not use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate. In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate may be earned through credit by examination, prior-learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.