The Institute for Professional Development

Big Data Using Hadoop Program

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Big Data Using Hadoop Program Details​​


An eleven-week in-depth program covering the Apache Hadoop framework and how it fits with Big Data. The program is designed for IT professionals who wish to learn about the installation, provisioning, and ongoing resource management of a Hadoop cluster, which can be used for managing Big Data. The program topics include: Big Data concepts; Hadoop core technologies & ecosystem; planning for and installing a Hadoop cluster; the Hadoop Distributed File System(HDFS); MapReduce; managing and scheduling jobs with FIFO Scheduler and Fair Scheduler; cluster administration and management; installing and managing other Hadoop projects such as Apache Pig and Apache Hive; and, use cases and best practices for processing Big Data with Hadoop.

For a complete program description, ​download the program's brochure​.

Dates & Location

Winter Quarter 2016

  • Application Deadline:Dec. 4, 2015
  • Tuition Deadline:Dec. 11, 2015
  • Classes Begin:Jan. 4, 2016
  • Classes End:Mar. 14, 2016

 On-campus section: ​Classes meet on Monday evenings (5:45pm-9pm) at DePaul's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

Online section: Students may elect to register in an online section of this program. For more information about the online section, click here.

DePaul University reserves the right to cancel any program prior to that program's first class meeting.


Winter Quarter 2016


  • $1,950.00if registering for the undergraduate-level section (IPD 347)
  • $3,150.00if registering for the graduate-level section (IPD 447)

​Regular DePaul University students are charged the above rates based on their degree program.

Full payment of tuition must be received by the Institute for Professional Development office before the start of the program. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition (minus a separate $25 registration fee) if the student drops the Big Data Using Hadoop Program by January 19, 2016.

Application Fee

  • $40.00non-refundable

Each program requires a $40.00 (non-refundable) application fee that can be paid online (via credit card) during the online application process. If you need to pay this fee by check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to DePaul University and send it to:

DePaul University Institute for Professional Development
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Room 301
​Chicago, IL 60604


Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

​​There are no required textbooks for this session.​

Other Fees

While access to most Cloud services explored in the program will be provided to students in class, there may be some Cloud services that are only accessible via the use of a student's own credit card. Students should expect to spend a small fee to access these services.

Payment Options

Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. For credit card payment, print out and complete the Payment by Credit Card Form.

Applicants who are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program offered by their employer and are interested in deferring their tuition payment using the university's Employer Tuition Deferral Plan, formerly known as the DePEPER Plan, must return the Employer Tuition Deferral Plan application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found here ​.

Applicants who wish to use the university's In-Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.


Admission Requirements

Applicants should have basic programming experience and experience using Windows and Linux commands. No previous Hadoop experience is necessary. In addition, students are required to bring their own laptop computers to class.

Course Credit

The Big Data Using Hadoop Program is an accredited course of DePaul University, which follows the quarter system (as opposed to the semester system). Credit hours are awarded to those who successfully complete the program's academic requirements. Academic requirements may include reading and homework assignments, written assignments, labs, projects, and other assignments. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

  • Course #: IPD 347; 4 undergraduate credit hours
  • Course #: IPD 447; 4 graduate credit hours

Applicants select to register in either IPD 347 (undergraduate level) or IPD 447 (graduate level), unless they are currently degree-seeking students of the university. In that case, they are required to select the level that corresponds with their degree program. Additionally, applicants interested in enrolling in the graduate section must have completed a bachelor's degree.

IPD 347 and IPD 447 are combined courses, with students attending the same lectures or viewing the same lectures (for those completing the program online). However, students in the graduate section are required to perform additional coursework than those in the undergraduate section.

Once the program begins, a student cannot switch from undergraduate level to graduate level or vice-versa and must remain in the level chosen or withdraw from the program. Please contact the Institute office for advice on which academic level to select.

The ability to apply these credit hours to a degree program is always determined by the college granting the degree. To view course transfer guidelines for DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), click here.

Application & Registration Procedure

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's  online application; or, to apply via fax, mail, or in person, print out and complete the Application Form. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registration process.

​Registration is restricted to admitted students. IPD staff will register students upon receipt of payment and registration form. Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system.