Advanced Python

Advanced Python Program 

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A six-week program covering principles of object-oriented programming (basic to advanced) and design patterns in Python

DePaul University's Advanced Python Program is designed for Python programmers who want to take their productivity to the next level by learning the elements for building better software solutions to solve real-world problems. By learning the principles of object-oriented design and how to implement highly effective design patterns in Python, the participant will gain the foundation to create reusable, adaptable and more complex software applications. The program will cover concepts along with practical examples and exercises. The program is also a suitable follow-up course of study for individuals who have already completed DePaul’s Data Science: Programming with Python Program.

Students in this program will be able to:

  • Explain basic to advanced object-oriented concepts (such as abstraction, classes, encapsulation, inheritance, and composition).
  • Formulate Unified Model Language(UML) diagrams for modeling classes and objects.
  • Gain insight into the concept of design patterns.
  • Implement fundamental design patterns in Python, including singleton, decorator, observer, state, template, and model-view-controller.
  • Describe the foundations of metaprogramming and its applications in software development and design patterns.

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


December Intersession 2021:

This six-week program will be conducted in an accelerated format (over three weeks) during the university's December intersession.

  • Application Deadline:Nov. 12, 2021
  • Tuition Deadline:Nov. 18, 2021
  • Classes Begin:Nov. 29, 2021
  • Classes End:Dec. 15, 2021

Meeting Pattern

On-Campus Section

Days & Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:45pm-9:00pm at DePaul's Loop Campus

What if I cannot make it to every class meeting?
Attending every class is highly recommended, but is not required. Classes will be recorded, so any student who is not able to attend will be able to watch the recording of the class. Students are still expected to keep pace with the weekly topics and assignments.

Online: Async Section

This section is paired to the section that meets on campus. It is for individuals who are not expected to attend campus classes. It has no required meeting days.

Students will have access to the recordings of the paired on-campus section. They are expected to follow the same weekly agenda of topics and assignments as the class that meets on campus, but can view the course material at a time of their own choosing.


December Intersession 2021


  • $1,450.00

Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: DePaul reserves the right to cancel any program before that program's first scheduled meeting, in which case tuition fees (but not convenience fees) will be refunded. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition if the student drops the Advanced Python Program by Nov. 29, 2021 (for on-campus students) and by Dec. 1, 2021 (for online students)--convenience fees will not be refunded.

Please note tuition fees incurred for the Advanced Python Program are not eligible for participation in DePaul's Employer Tuition Deferment Plan or the Single Term Payment Plan.

Notice for Current DePaul Students

  • Undergraduates: Please be aware that the tuition fee for this program is not included in the university’s full-time term package pricing.

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.


The Institute for Professional Development is pleased to announce a new need-based financial award, the Chou Family IPD Scholarship, to provide funding for students interested in our certificate programs in Winter Quarter 2022. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 3, 2021 for this scholarship.


Admission Requirements

The program is geared towards Python developers and software architects who are passionate about software design principles and details of application development aspects of Python. Knowledge regarding topics such as how to create and use functions, Python data structures, and a basic understanding of software development is expected.

Course Credit

The Advanced Python Program is cataloged 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 homework assignments. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

Course #: IPD 240

The Advanced Python 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, download and complete the Application Form and email to  Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registration process.

You do not have to be an existing DePaul student to take this certificate program. Registration is restricted to individuals who apply for admission to the program and receive an acceptance letter. IPD staff will register applicants upon receipt of payment and registration form.

Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system. If interested in enrollment, regular DePaul students should begin by submitting an application for admission. Students must meet the program's admission criteria.