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The Institute for Professional Development

SQL Server Business Intelligence

SQL Server Business Intelligence  

SQL Server Business Intelligence Program

An 11–week in-depth program designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform using Microsoft SQL Server. The program focuses on teaching data professionals how to use SQL Server 2012 product features and tools to build business intelligence solutions. These features include analysis services with real-time analytics, integration services, data mining, reporting services, Power View and PowerPivot, Key Performance Indicators, cube and dimensions development, proactive caching, SQL Server Management Studio, Business Intelligence Development Studio, and integration with the Microsoft Office system. Students learn advanced product knowledge and skills needed to support business users.

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

Admission Requirements:
Applicants should have knowledge of data analysis concepts and tools, of relational database concepts, and of data modeling. In addition, applicants should have basic Microsoft SQL Server skills.

Dates & Location:  Winter Quarter 2015
Application deadline: December 5, 2014
Tuition deadline: Decemeber 12, 2014
Classes begin: January 8, 2015
Classes end: March 19, 2015

Hybrid section: approximately half the program content will be delivered in-person via on-campus meetings; the remaining half of the program content will be delivered via online lectures that the student will be required to view.

Classes meet at the Loop Campus on five (5) Thursday evenings from 5:45pm-9:00pm, on: Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, and Feb. 26, 2015. 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 for an online section of the course. 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. 
Course Credit:
The SQL Server Business Intelligence Program is an accredited course of DePaul University, which follows the quarter system (as opposed to the semester system).
Course #: IPD 360; 4 credit hours
Course #: IPD 460; 4 credit hours

Applicants select to register in either IPD 360 (undergraduate level) or IPD 460 (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, students interested in enrolling in the graduate section must have completed a bachelor's degree.

IPD 360 and IPD 460 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 credit hours are awarded to those who successfully complete the program's academic requirements.  No midterm or final exams are conducted.

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.
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.

Textbooks for Winter Quarter 2015: There are no textbooks required for the program.

Fees: Winter Quarter 2015
Application fee: $40.00 (non-refundable);
Tuition fee:
$1,850.00 if registering in the undergraduate-level section (IPD 360);
$2,950.00 if registering in the graduate-level section (IPD 460);

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 SQL Server Business Intelligence Program by January 22, 2015.

Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

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.

Application & Registration Procedure: 
The first step is to 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 registration information and instructions.

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