Database & Internet Technologies Certificate Program

The database and internet technologies certificate focuses on a set of skills that allows students to function in the roles of designer, analyst, project manager or administrator — not just in the current database development environment but also in future dynamic computing environments. It focuses on the modeling and design of relational database systems as well as the development of real-world applications based on best practices and sound design principles. Practical emphasis is placed on normalization procedures, user interfaces, client/server technologies, web e-commerce databases and database security issues. Coursework will expose students to commercially available database systems to verify database design, balance the program load between client and server, store large-scale data into data warehouses, exchange data between databases and process XML data flows.



About the Database & Internet Technologies Certificate Program

Database & Internet Technologies Course Schedule

The Database & Internet Technologies Course Schedule page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Database & Internet Technologies Faculty

You can find a full listing of instructors for this certificate program on the Database & Internet Technologies Faculty page.

Admission for Database & Internet Technologies

Applicants to this certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. Three to five years of professional experience in the related field is recommended but not required. A list of admission requirements can be found on our Database & Internet Technologies Admission page.

Database & Internet Technologies Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Database & Internet Technologies Tuition page.

Database & Internet Technologies Registration Information

Our Database & Internet Technologies Registration Information page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Additional Information

Applicants must possess a graduate degree in order to be considered for this program. However, no prior IT experience or coursework is required.

Once admitted, students must successfully complete CIS 414 prior to enrolling in CIS 419.


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Database & Internet Technologies Required Courses

To earn a certificate, students must complete the following four courses.

  • CIS 414 Object Oriented Programming
  • CIS 419 Web Application Development
  • CIS 435 Practical Data Science Using Machine Learning

and either one of the following:

  • CIS 431 Database Administration or
  • CIS 436 Big Data Management and Analysis

In some cases, students who have completed equivalent coursework previously may be allowed to replace the required course with another course in the field.

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.

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