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SQL Server Database Administration

SQL Server Database Administration  

SQL Server Database Administration Program

An 11-week in-depth program covering database administration using Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Topics include SQL 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.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants should have professional database administration experience; familiarity with computer programming, including Structured Query Language (SQL); and, knowledge of relational database concepts. 

Dates & Location: Winter Quarter 2015 
Application deadline: December 5, 2014
Tuition deadline: December 12, 2014
Classes begin: January 10, 2015
Classes end: March 12, 2015

Hybrid Section: 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.

Classes meet at the Loop Campus on five Saturdays from 9:00am-4:15pm, on Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, and Mar. 7, 2015. 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.
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).

Course #: IPD 363; 6 credit hours
Course #: IPD 463; 4 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 credit hours are awarded to those who successfully complete the program's academic requirements. Course requirements includes homework and database administration tasks. 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 for this program.

Fees: Winter Quarter 2015
Tuition fee:
$2,750.00 if registering in the undergraduate-level section (IPD 363);
$2,950.00 if registering in the graduate-level section (IPD 463); 

Application fee: $40.00 (non-refundable)​

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 Database Administration Program by January 19, 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.