Web Development Advanced Certificate

With a graduate certificate in web development, you'll develop an expertise in interactive multimedia design as you enhance the communication and digital media experience.


  • Earn a graduate certificate in web development in four courses.
  • Master web technologies.
  • Learn the design and development of websites.

As interactive technologies advance, the ways in which we communicate change—and the importance of enhancing the communication experience within electronic environments increases. The advanced certificate in web development provides an opportunity for students to gain firsthand knowledge and expertise in the art and science of interactive multimedia design.

RIT’s Graduate Certificate in Web Development

Students explore the theories of interactive computing, fundamentals of interactive design, web and multimedia programming, and the impact of networked technologies in web communications. Projects include the development of websites and interactive multimedia applications. Students have at their disposal a variety of computer, video, and digitizing equipment in our state-of-the-art interactive media laboratories.

What is a Graduate Certificate?

A graduate certificate, also called an advanced certificate, is a selection of up to five graduate level courses in a particular area of study. It can serve as a stand-alone credential that provides expertise in a specific topic that enhances your professional knowledge base, or it can serve as the entry point to a master's degree. Some students complete an advanced certificate and apply those credit hours later toward a master's degree.

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Curriculum for Web Development Adv. Cert.

Web Development, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction
Human-computer interaction (HCI) is a field of study concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them. This course surveys the scope of issues and foundations of the HCI field: cognitive psychology, human factors, interaction styles, user analysis, task analysis, interaction design methods and techniques, and evaluation. This course will focus on the users and their tasks. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Foundations of Web Technologies I
This class provides an introduction to internet and web technologies. Topics include an introduction to the internet and basic internet technologies (including, but not limited to: SSH, SFTP, UNIX, XHTML, CSS, Client-Side programming, and website publishing). Lec/Lab 3 (Fall).
Foundations of Web Technologies II
This course builds on the basic aspects of web page development that are presented in the first course and extends that knowledge to focus on issues and technologies related to the design and development of web sites. Topics include advanced internet technologies (including, but not limited to: AJAX, server-side programming, database use and access, client libraries, server frameworks, and creating and consuming information services). (Prerequisites: ISTE-645 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 3 (Spring).
Interactive Programming
This course teaches students how to program interactive components to create user interfaces and information visualization systems. Students will work with data, information, animation, and digital media to create interactive applications. Students will be introduced to visual layout and design concepts. Programming is required. Students will need to have taken one year of programming in a high-level language to be successful in this course. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lec/Lab 3 (Fall).
Total Semester Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate in web development, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete an online graduate application. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for information on application deadlines, entry terms, and more.
  • Submit copies of official transcript(s) (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, including any transfer credit earned.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or US equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. Refer to Application Instructions and Requirements for additional information.
  • Not all programs require the submission of scores from entrance exams (GMAT or GRE). Please refer to the Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements page for more information.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives. Refer to Application Instructions and Requirements for additional information.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Students below the minimum requirement may be considered for conditional admission. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for additional information on English language requirements. International applicants may be considered for an English test requirement waiver. Refer to the English Language Test Scores section within Graduate Application Materials to review waiver eligibility.


Due to continuing advances in the technologies used for interactive multimedia, knowledge of programming is necessary in this field. Students must have object-oriented programming skills equivalent to one year of study. Bridge courses are available to complete any requirements missing from the applicant’s credentials.

Study Options

This certificate is intended for part-time study; therefore, RIT cannot issue I-20 paperwork. Courses are only offered on campus.

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