Skip to main content
SPS Logo

Program Overview

Database & Information Technology

Database & Information Technology 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.

START MY APPLICATIONRequest InformationATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION

 

About the Database & Information Technology Certificate Program

Database & Information Technology Course Schedule

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

Database & Information Technology Faculty

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

Admission for Database & Information Technology

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 & Information Technology Admission page.

Database & Information Technology Tuition

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

Database & Information Technology Registration Information

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

Gainful Employment Information for Database & Information Technology

Common questions and answers related to cost, financing and success in this certificate program are found on our Gainful Employment Information for Database & Information Technology page.

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.

 

Find out more about Northwestern's Database & Information Technology Certificate Program

Database & Information Technology 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.

Core Courses:Course Detail
Object-Oriented Programming <> CIS 414-0

This course focuses on developing complex programs using an object-oriented language. Students write programs that utilize functions and methods for code modularization and arrays for solving problems. Information hiding, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, exception handling, and other principles of object-oriented programming will be introduced.

Note for students in the MSIS program: This is a core course for students pursuing the MSIS degree. It is highly recommended that students contact the instructor two weeks prior to the start of the quarter to ensure they have installed the proper software and are competent in using it. Students should take this course at their earliest opportunity.


View CIS 414-0 Sections
Courses:Course Detail
Web Application Development <> CIS 419-0

This course focuses on the design and development of object-oriented web applications. The client-server model and 3-tier architecture are discussed and analyzed. Topics covered include object-oriented methodology, enterprise software application architecture, design patterns, Enterprise JavaBeans, database connectivity, and web and application server development and technologies such as servlets, JSP, XML, HTML, security, JDBC, RMI, and multithreading.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 414 and CIS 417 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Note for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specialization in Database and Internet Technologies. It may also be taken as an elective towards all other specializations.


View CIS 419-0 Sections
Database Administration <> CIS 431-0

Provides students with advanced database administration and management concepts that are needed to perform the duties of a Database Administrator (DBA) in organizations that use relational database systems. Topics include: database organization and architecture, industry DBMS standards, system objects management, user roles and profiles, server installation and maintenance, backup/recover techniques, network configuration, and security management.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 417 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Notes for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specialization in Database and Internet Technologies. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.


View CIS 431-0 Sections
Data Science/Machine Learning <> CIS 435-0

This course provides an introduction to data science with a focus on building real-life business applications using machine learning. Students learn data mining applications, core concepts, algorithms and overview of open source/commercial tools. This course takes a hands-on approach to this topic and prepares students for applying appropriate machine learning modeling techniques (Collaborative Filtering, Association, Clustering and Classification) for given real-world use cases. Students learn via experimentation; they observe the outcome of applying machine learning algorithms to structured and unstructured data using open source software.

It is highly recommended that students complete CIS 417 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Note for students in the MSIS program: This course is required for the specialization in Database and Internet Technologies. This course may be used as an elective towards all other specializations.

Note for students in the MHI/MMI program: This course is an elective for students pursuing the MHI/MMI degree.

Note for students in the MSPA program: This course is an elective for students pursuing the MSPA degree.

Note for all students: This course was formerly called Data Warehousing and Data Mining.


View CIS 435-0 Sections
Big Data Management/Analytics CIS 436-DL

This course reviews concepts behind both centralized and distributed database systems, and relational and not-only-relational database systems. Discussion of open source and commercial solutions, with special attention being paid to large distributed database systems and data warehousing. The course introduces technologies and modeling methods for large-scale, distributed analytics.

Note for MSIS students: It is highly recommended that MSIS students complete CIS 417 and CIS 435 or possess equivalent knowledge and skills prior to taking this course.

Note for MSPA students: Students must complete PREDICT 420 and PREDICT 422 prior to taking this course.


View CIS 436-DL Sections
Back to top