The Institute for Professional Development

SQL Server Database Administration

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SQL Server Database Administration Program Details


An 11-week in-depth program covering database administration using Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Topics include S​QL Server architecture; installation and configuration; database management; SQL Server Management Studio; security; spatial data; backup and recovery; performance tuning; and database high availability options.

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. 9, 2016
  • Classes End:Mar. 10, 2016

On-campus section: Classes meet Saturdays mornings (9:00am to 4:15pm) at DePaul University's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash, Chicago.

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

On-campus classes will meet on the following five Saturdays: Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, and Mar. 5 2016. The schedule each day will be 9:00am-12:15pm (lecture #1); 12:15-1:00pm (break); 1:00-4:15pm (lecture #2). A two- to three-hour online lecture will be assigned for viewing every week that there is no on-campus class meeting.

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.


Winter Quarter 2016


  • $2,850.00if registering for the undergraduate-level section (IPD 351)
  • $3,175.00if registering for the graduate-level section (IPD 451)

Regular DePaul University students are charged the above rates based on their degree 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 Database Administration 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.

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 professional database administration experience; familiarity with computer programming, including Structured Query Language (SQL); and, knowledge of relational database concepts.

Course Credit

The SQL Server Database Administration 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 363; 6 undergraduate credit hours
  • Course #: IPD 463; 4 graduate credit hours

Applicants select to register in either IPD 363 (undergraduate level) or IPD 463 (graduate level), unless they are currently degree-seeking students of the university. In that case, they are required to select the level that corresponds to their degree program. Additionally, applicants interested in enrolling in the graduate section must have completed a bachelor's degree.

IPD 363 and IPD 463 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 the undergraduate level to the graduate level or vice-versa and must remain in the level chosen or withdraw from the program. Please contact the Institute for Professional Development 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 In​stitute 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.