Programs of Study

IPD Certificate Programs

The Institute for Professional Development (IPD) was formed by the College of Computing and Digital Media of DePaul University in 1984 to assist both individuals and businesses in keeping pace with the rapid development of computer technologies. The Institute offers a variety of intensive certificate programs designed for IT and business professionals who wish to learn new technologies and upgrade their skills in a short amount of time.

Certificate programs are catalogued as courses of DePaul University and are offered on the university's quarter schedule, with a new session beginning each fall, winter, spring, and summer. Individuals who enroll in the programs are matriculated as non-degree-seeking students of the university, and enjoy all rights, privileges and responsibilities afforded to such students.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Big Data Analytics

Cloud Computing Technologies


  • Cybersecurity Risk Management Programan 11-week program; participants devise an operational cybersecurity risk management strategy using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework for a cyber-physical system or a technology of their choice
  • Incident Response and Digital Forensics Program an 8-week program covering the incident response life cycle, analysis methodology, and the handling of digital forensic evidence for cybersecurity personnel

Database Technologies


  • Technology and Innovation Program a 10-week program providing a comprehensive review of the disciplines required to manage the ongoing innovation and rapidly changing technology in today's business environment and strategies to assure sound decision-making for business in an interconnected world

Mobile Application Development

  • iOS Developer Program a 10-week program covering iOS development for Apple devices, including iPhone and iPad, for IT professionals and software developers

Software Development and Software Testing

Special Topics in IT

IPD Offices

  • Office Hours
    Monday-Thursday: 12pm – 9pm
    Friday: 12pm – 6pm
    Saturday: 9am – 4pm

  • 243 S. Wabash Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60604
    (312) 362-6282