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Software Engineering & Project Management Online Graduate Certificate Program

can be completed in as little as

3 terms*

*2 terms per semester; each term is 8 weeks



$1,785 3-credit course

Active Duty Military

truED Preferred Tuition

Credit Hours Required


Fall 1 Application Deadline

Aug. 22

Classes Begin

Summer 1: May 6

Fall 1: Sept. 2

Explore Software Engineering & Project Management

Advance your technical skills and successfully manage the development of high-quality software products by earning a graduate software engineering certificate online. This multidisciplinary project management and software engineering certificate program teaches students how to specify, model, and manage the delivery of software products that satisfy functional and non-functional requirements. This online software engineering certificate will help you learn how to use the latest technologies to specify software design, apply industry-standard project management principles and best practices to software development projects, and use software testing techniques to develop strategies that ensure the quality of software products.

This graduate online software engineering certificate can be taken as a stand-alone credential, or embedded in Champlain’s online master’s in information technology, should you wish to continue your education and earn a master’s degree.


Build Your Career Future

We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why the courses in our project management and software engineering certificate are applicable to the workplace from day one. Whether you’re upskilling an existing technical undergraduate degree or you're currently pursuing your master’s degree, advancing your expertise with a certificate is a great way to earn a credential in the field, get your resume noticed, and demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of knowledge.

Fast Start Formula Career Bundle

Propel your career even further by upgrading your certificate with our Fast Start Formula Career Bundle designed to get you noticed and get you hired. Gain access to the Fast Start Formula Career Course, the Landing A Job You'll Love Ebook, and live webinars with "hot seat" coaching by Executive Career Coach Jen Morris.

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Accomplish More with a Graduate Software Engineering and Project Management Certificate Online

Occupations in software development and quality assurance are projected to grow 22% between 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all new occupations.* Professionals in these roles earn a median annual salary of 110,140.* Additionally, professionals working in project management and business operations occupations earn an average of $84,290 per year.* 

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020


  • Climb the career ladder
  • Build new skills
  • Earn a recognized credential
  • Differentiate your resume
  • Test a new field
  • Pursue a passion
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise
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Program Details

Learn more about Champlain's 100% online software engineering & project management graduate certificate.

Champlain's online software engineering & project management courses encompass the top skills needed by today's IT professionals.

Students must demonstrate previous coursework and/or experience in information technology (IT). Students who do not display sufficient IT knowledge and skills will need to complete CMIT-500 before starting the program.


This course is designed to introduce a systematic process for planning, organizing and controlling projects. The course will present a practical methodology for completing projects more quickly with fewer problems. Student work will consist of readings, research, class special-topic presentations, group activities, a project management journal, and participation in a real world IT business project. Students will be encouraged to apply project-management techniques to solve existing real-world technology-related business problems.

In SDEV-520, Software Engineering, students learn about the field of software engineering, including project management methodologies applied to the field of Software Development, economic factors that affect development decisions and product life cycle, requirement gathering and assessment, and modelling languages. Disruptive technologies and methodologies and their impact on this field are also covered in this course.


Complete MBA-506

In SDEV-530, students will use software modelling techniques and formal representation, including Unified Modelling Language (UML), to represent and design software systems.


Complete SDEV-520

In this course students study the specificity of managing software development projects, covering all areas identified by the Project Management Institute in the PMBoK? Software Extension. The application of these concepts to alternative forms of project management are also covered in this course.


Complete SDEV-520

In this course, students study Agile project management methodologies, in the context of software development, as a way of achieving Software Engineering quality goals. Students will learn what projects lend themselves to an agile approach, and how the agile approach relates to traditional project management, while learning the tools and techniques of Agile.


Complete SDEV-520

In this course, students will learn how to plan and implement software testing using quality assurance frameworks.


Complete SDEV-520

Previous coursework and/or experience in Information Technology (IT) is required for admission to the certificate. Students who are unable to demonstrate prior acquisition of knowledge and skills related to IT will be required to complete CMIT-500 before beginning the required certificate courses. 

  • Specify software products, using the latest techniques for requirements analysis, and systems modeling
  • Apply industry-standard Project Management principles and best practices to software development projects, to develop products that fully satisfy functional and non-functional requirements
  • Apply software testing techniques and develop strategies to ensure the quality of software products

Champlain College Online's IT faculty, led by program director Richard Pickering, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our IT curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s IT professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.

Many certificate students come to us seeking ways to get noticed at their current employers or to get hired in a new field. Given that, we are hyper focused on increasing the career mobility of our students and that's why we developed the Fast Start Formula Career Bundlea suite of career offerings designed to help our students get noticed, get hired and land jobs they'll love.

Valued at over $1,000, the career bundle is offered to Champlain College Online certificate students for only $162 and includes: 

  • Fast Start Formula Course: The Fast Start Formula Course for getting noticed and getting hired is taught by Jen Morris, an executive career coach that we've developed a partnership with to support our students in their job search journeys. This course is online, self-paced and full of tips and tricks to land a job you'll love.
  • Live Webinars: Log-on to ask your specific job search questions, get live “hot seat” coaching and gain valuable insights from leading career coach, Jen Morris.
  • Landing A Job You'll Love Ebook: Download this ebook full of tips and tricks for standing out from the competition. From how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, to insider information on how recruiters work and bypassing the automated application websites, you’ll be sure to learn how rise to the top. 

Upon enrollment in a degree or certificate, your access to the Fast Start Formula Career Bundle will made available to you. 

Tuition & Costs

Graduate Tuition Fall '23 - Summer '25

$595 per credit
$1,785* per course
$450 per credit military service members (family members see truED tuition)
$150 One-time graduation fee

*Based on a 3-credit course; cost will vary if course is a different number of credits

** Starting Summer 2024, not retroactive

See the graduate cost of attendance and fees here



What To Expect at Champlain Online

Expect Convenience

Go to school wherever and whenever is best for you, on the device of your choice.

Expect A Career Focus

Relevant and immediately applicable coursework gets you ready for your next career move

Expect Support

Your dedicated academic advisor provides the support you need to meet your academic goals

Expect Superior Faculty

Learn from practitioner faculty working in the field, with real-world experience and knowledge.

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