Online C++ Programming Certificate FAQ

Does the certificate satisfy the programming requirement of MFE programs?

The certificate meets the C++ pre-requirement for the Baruch MFE program. Students will be able to include in their application to any program the course syllabus and the C++ projects completed during the course to show programming proficiency. About 50% of the students who successfully completed the certificate are now enrolled in financial engineering graduate programs. Please see student feedback here.

What is the learning format of the course?
The course is organized in 10 levels with access to the next level automatically provided when finishing the current level.

Once enrolled, every student assigned a personal Teaching Assistant (TA) who will answer questions, grade the programming exercises, and proctor the final exam. A private forum is available to the students taking the course for interacting with the TA and with other students.

What is the best way to study for the course?
To best benefit from the learning format of the C++ Programming Certificate, it is suggested that you study the material in the following sequence:

  • Watch the recorded video clips
  • Read the accompanying materials
  • Run the sample code
  • Ask questions in the forum which can be answered by your TA or other students
  • Complete the programming assignments. Ask questions if needed
  • Pass the quiz at the end of the level
  • Repeat for the next level

How is the final exam conducted?
The final exam is conducted online and proctored by the TA. Access to a webcam and Skype is needed.

What is the refund policy?
Full tuition refund is granted upon request within 14 days of the tuition payment being received. No refund is provided after that.

What certifications do students receive upon successfully completing the course?
The Baruch MFE program will issue a Certificate of Completion to students who pass the final exam and obtain a 70% or higher average. A Certificate of Completion with Distinction will be awarded to students with 90% or higher average. The certificates are mailed via regular post.

Is there a time limit to finish the course?
While students have indefinite access to the course materials, they have a maximum of 16 weeks to earn the certificate. Once enrolled, they are expected to submit the first level’s homework within two weeks. To progress to the next level, you need to finish all programming assignments of the current level and pass a quiz.

Do I have access to the materials after I complete the certificate?
You will have unlimited access to the private forum and the materials. This can be useful when you need to refresh memory and refer to the projects you have done.

What is the geographical location of the students who completed the online C++ certificate so far? 
The C++ certificate was granted so far to people on five continents: Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America.