Fundamentals of Software Testing


Fundamentals of Software Testing Program Details


A six-week program covering software testing strategy and heuristics, performance engineering, mobile testing, DevOps, test documentation, bug reporting, automated testing and security testing.

The software testing landscape is undergoing seismic changes due to the increasing availability of open-source tools, security threats, and the move towards shift left and shift right testing. This program will cover successful approaches to software testing using common open-source tools such as Apache JMeter and Selenium as well as some commercial tools such as BrowserStack, XMind, and Jira for bug tracking. It is ideally suited for technical professionals with some programming experience who wish to learn the skills to become a competent software tester and meet this growing demand. Students will learn how to rapidly test software under constraints, perform load testing, design automated tests and find security risks.

Program content includes lectures, demos and hands-on exercises. Students are required to bring their laptop computers to class. In order to successfully install the various software packages used in the program, the student's laptop must have the following minimum specifications: operating system Windows 7 or later, Windows 10 is preferred; processor 1 GHz or faster processor or SoC; RAM 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit; hard disk space 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit; graphics card DirectX9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.

Dates & Location

Spring Quarter 2018:

  • Application Deadline:Mar. 22, 2018
  • Tuition Deadline:Mar. 29, 2018
  • Classes Begin:Apr. 10, 2018
  • Classes End:May 15, 2018

On-campus section: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings (5:45pm-9pm) at DePaul's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

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.


Spring Quarter 2018


  • $1,125.00

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 if the student drops the Fundamentals of Software Testing Program by April 16, 2018.

Please note tuition fees incurred for the Fundamentals of Software Testing Program are not eligible for deferment using the Employer Tuition Deferment Plan or for a payment plan using the In-Term Payment Plan.

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.

Textbook(s) to be announced.


Admission Requirements

Applicants should have at least six months of IT-related work experience, along with experience programming in a modern language (for example, Java, Python, or C++). Basic experience with a personal computer running Windows is assumed. Students are required to bring their laptop computers to class.

Course Credit

The Fundamentals of Software Testing Program is catalogued as a non-credit course of DePaul University. A certificate of completion from DePaul University is awarded to those who successfully complete the program's requirements. Program requirements include in-class lab work as well as homework assignments and projects. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

  • Course #: IPD 233

The Fundamentals of Software Testing Program is a graded course. A final grade letter as well as DePaul transcript (upon request) will be available upon program completion.

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 registration information and instructions.

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.