The Institute for Professional Development

Big Data and NoSQL Program

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Big Data and NoSQL Program Details


An eleven-week in-depth program covering popular NoSQL databases and how they fit with Big Data. The program is designed for IT professionals who wish to learn how Big Data may be leveraged and adopted in the busines​s environment as well as to understand the new NoSQL-type databases and their technical implementation. Two of the most popular NoSQL databases, MongoDB and Cassandra, w​ill be covered in-depth. Other topics covered in the program include: an overview of the Big Data vendors and landscape; using Apache Hadoop for large-scale distributed data processing; NoSQL schema design; design and implementation of NoSQL-based applications in a variety of platforms suc​h as Windows, Linux, and the Cloud; NoSQL database backup strategies, scalability, and availability; guidance on database workloads and on selecting technologies; and case studies and best practices for implementation.

For a completed 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. 6, 2016
  • Classes End:Mar. 16, 2016

 On-campus section: Classes meet at DePaul University's Loop Campus on Wednesdays from 5:45pm to 9:00pm.

A hybrid-mode session will be conducted this quarter. About two-thirds of the program content will be delivered via on-campus class meetings; the remaining program content will be delivered via online lectures that the student will be required to view.

On-campus classes will meet on the following seven (7) Wednesdays: Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, and Mar. 2, 2016. A two- to three-hour online lecture will be assigned for viewing on the weeks that there are no on-campus meetings.

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 351)
  • $3,150.00if registering for the graduate-level section (IPD 451)

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 tuition fee for this program is not included in the university's tuition package for full-time undergraduate students. 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 and NoSQL Program by January 20, 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

The ideal candidate for this program should have an understanding of relational databases and some programming experience building applications with them as well as experience using Windows and Linux commands. No previous NoSQL experience is necessary. In addition, students are required to bring their own laptop computers to class.

Course Credit

The Big Data and NoSQL 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 351; 4 undergraduate credit hours
  • Course #: IPD 451; 4 graduate credit hours

Applicants select to register in either IPD 351 (undergraduate level) or IPD 451 (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 351 and IPD 451 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.​