Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Loyola Certificate in Software Development and Coding

When does the program start?

The program starts on June 4th, 2018, and will run for 10 weeks, finishing August 10th, 2018.

Do I need prior tech or programming experience?

Nope! Loyola's new certificate program is designed to bridge the gap between your liberal arts studies and being comfortable building things with technology.  We build your foundation from Day 1.  

Know where your files live? How to get on the internet and share a GIF? Quick on the keyboard? You’re good to go! We start with coding basics and go from there. No previous experience or expertise required. Leading up to the program, all accepted students will complete pre-program exercises to get ready for the first day of class, but the exercises will guide you through the skills needed to create the first two files of your professional portfolio of projects.

What is a "certificate?"

Upon completion of the Loyola Certificate in Software Development and Coding, program participants will receive a physical certificate as well as a Loyola transcript with a record that they completed the Certificate's required hours and projects to a satisfactory degree. The 10-week coding program operates under an "executive education model."  This is a way for universities to offer coursework in specific areas outside of traditional degree programs.  These are generally offered in focused content areas and generally for a specific audience.  Participants receive a "certificate" in lieu of a degree upon satisfactory completion of the program.  Check out these great certificate programs offered by Harvard.  You should definitely put it on your resume!

Do I need to have a computer?

Yes, you do need a fully functioning, reliable computer! You will be creating applications that would best live on your own personal computer. There are also nightly homework assignments that you’ll need a computer to complete.

A fully functional Mac or PC is recommended.  Tablets and "netbooks" are discouraged.  If your laptop is on the older side or has questionable functionality, please check with us and we’ll make sure you’re good to go!

How much does the program cost?

Tuition for the program is $7,999.  This is roughly half the cost of most competing "commercial" bootcamp programs and a fraction of what you would pay for an equivalent number of contact hours for a traditional academic program. However, if you would like to know more or have any questions, email the Center for Entrepreneurship's Program Manager.

Can I get financing for the program?

There are two financing options for the program. You can take out private loans through Loyola University by contacting your Loyola Financial Aid counselor here. We also offer an income-based repayment plan for a slightly higher tuition rate. For more information, contact the Program Manager.

What about grades?

This program is pass/fail, dependent upon class participation, attendance, and successful completion of in-class projects.  Your goal is that you master the skill, not to stress you out about your GPA.  The ultimate grade is your success in the workforce upon completion.  If you don't "pass," you may retake the course the following summer free of charge.

Can I take this "for credit?"

This program is fundamentally different from a traditional "class."  It is designed as a self-contained experience and does not fit neatly into the "class" box as such, it cannot be taken for traditional academic credit.  It can be used in certain circumstances as continuing education credit.  See the Program Manager for details.

Is on-campus housing available during the summer?

Yes, housing options are available during the summer on Loyola's campus. For more information, email the Program Manager.

I want more Entrepreneurship!

This is a technology program developed with a business school.  This program is designed for people that want to pursue a career as a software developer.  We think that is a great platform to start your entrepreneurial journey.  Every great company needs a product and doesn't hurt to have a pay check for a few years as you get settled on the outside.  The program will be taught incorporating modern "lean" and "scrum" methodologies, but if you want more check out the Entrepreneurship Minor for undergrads or MBA with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship for those who have already graduated.

Here is how we think this works: Use your time as an undergraduate to study something you think is really interesting, use the certificate to connect that passion to technology, come back and get an MBA with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship: Start something great!