Program Overview

The University of Southern California’s Graduate Certificate in Software Architecture program covers the following topics:

  • Concepts, principles, and state-of-the-art methods in software architectures
  • Principles and approaches for modeling systems using SysML
  • Software engineering process models and management approaches for design and architecture of large software systems
  • Phases of conception, implementation, deployment, and systems retirement

Students may pursue careers in the industries of aerospace and defense, computer programming, government security, and information technology, among others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission    


    An undergraduate degree in engineering, math or hard science from a regionally-accredited university. Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA.

    School Overview

    Recognized as a leading research facility with global networks, USC supports online learning through USC Online. Students benefit from online flexible degree programs, yet complete the same academic rigor and standards of on-campus degrees.

    More than 80 online degree programs accommodate working professionals and nontraditional students. Degrees include, but are not limited to, fields of study in business, management, psychology, education, dentistry, gerontology, engineering, medicine, social work, and public policy. 

    Students communicate with peers and faculty in real time via online sessions, and faculty work with students to coordinate service learning and internship opportunities in regions near to the student’s residence.

    Online students also have access to USC resources, including financial aid. Master’s programs typically require about two years to complete, while students can complete certificate programs in one year.


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