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Learn QA methodologies and build a strong SQA team
Software errors cost companies millions of dollars; the later bugs are discovered, the more costly the corrective action. When you study quality assurance in the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Software Engineering and Quality certificate program, you learn to methodically and thoroughly test and manage software projects. You learn to discover and minimize problems early in the life cycle to influence product development and save costs.
We emphasize a rigorous approach to quality assurance that complements established practices in software engineering and user experience design with the latest developments in software testing.
Three QA tracks
We offer three tracks of study to help you prepare for your next software quality assurance job.
A focus on software architecture, software system design, and modeling
Quality and Testing
A study of software test automation and quality assurance methods
User Experience Design
The practices and methods required to create successful user experience for software across various platforms
Software Engineering and Quality certificate program objectives
- Demonstrate competence in the software development lifecycle, from requirements to release
- Design and model software systems using object orientation
- Develop test plans and quality assurance strategies that minimize defects in software systems
- Apply accepted software development techniques, such as Agile, in planning a software system’s development
- Design clean and consistent user interfaces
The students in our Software Engineering and Quality certificate program include:
- Software developers who want to build a foundation in software engineering, architecture, and developmental process.
- Software QA and test professionals seeking adaptive SQA and testing knowledge and skills.
- Software project leaders and managers overseeing their team’s on time delivery of high-quality products.
Cost: $5,000 | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 5–7 courses (14 units). Take 3 core courses (6.5 units) and 3–4 electives (7.5–9 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.
|Managing Software Projects||1.5||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|Object-Oriented Analysis and Design||3.0||+ Fall Blended||Winter Online||+ Spring Blended||Summer Online|
|Software Quality Assurance and Testing||2.0||Winter Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|Advanced DevOps Technologies||3.0||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|Data Structures and Algorithms Using C++||3.0||Fall Live-Online|
|Data Structures and Algorithms Using Java||3.0||Winter Live-Online||Spring Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|Data Structures and Algorithms Using Python||3.0||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|Designing, Building and Integrating RESTful API||2.0||Winter Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|DevOps Technologies||3.0||Fall Live-Online||Winter Live-Online||Spring Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|Agile Software Development using TDD/BDD and Python||3.0||Winter Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|JUnit Test Framework||1.5||Fall Live-Online||Spring Online|
|Web Applications Testing, Comprehensive||3.0||Fall Live-Online||Spring Live-Online|
|Designing User Experience for Smart Things, Virtual Reality and Wearable Technology||3.0||Fall Live-Online||Spring Live-Online|
|Mobile Interface Design||3.0||Winter Live-Online||Summer Live-Online|
|User Experience Design, Advanced||3.0||Winter Live-Online|
|User Experience Design Fundamentals||3.0||Fall Live-Online||Spring Live-Online|
|Software Engineering and Quality Certificate Completion Fee||None||Fall Online||Winter Online||Spring Online||Summer Online|
|Software Development Info Session||None|
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Flexible course sequence
Courses may be taken in any order provided the prerequisites are met.
Some Engineering and Technology courses may be listed in more than one program. However, only one course may be shared between two E&T certificate programs unless otherwise noted.
To receive your certificate
Credit Toward an M.S. in Engineering
We have a transfer agreement with the University of Wisconsin–Platteville that assists graduates of our Embedded Systems and Software Engineering and Quality certificate programs pursue an online Master of Science degree in Engineering. Applicants to this master’s program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and fulfill the school’s admissions requirements.
Certificate Program Chair
ALKA JARVIS, M.B.A., a Distinguished Quality Engineer/senior director at Cisco Systems. She has authored 10 books and is an Exemplar Global certified auditor. Jarvis served as the chair for nine years for the U.S. Technical Advisory Group, which develops ISO 9001 series of standards. She has taught at local universities for more than 22 years and is a recipient of Silicon Valley’s Corporate Woman of the Year Award.
Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.
Required. Experience with a programming language is required as well as a degree in computer science or engineering or equivalent experience in software development, testing, QA, or project management.
You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.
Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.
- You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.
You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.
All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.
- Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
- The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.
Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.
See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.