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.


Summer Quarter 2021:

  • Application Deadline:June 25, 2021
  • Tuition Deadline:July 2, 2021
  • Classes Begin:July 12, 2021
  • Classes End:Aug. 16, 2021

Meeting Pattern

Online: Sync Section

Dates & Times: Mondays, 5:45pm-9:00pm (Central Time)

These classes take place at a specific time on a specific day, with the instructor and all the students meeting online using a synchronous meeting tool like Zoom. Classes will be recorded, so any student who is not able to join at the specified time will be able to watch the recording of the class. Before selecting this option, please carefully consider your ability to actively participate in video and audio with a reliable internet connection.

What if cannot make it to every online synchronous class meeting?
Joining the class meetings in real time is highly recommended, but is not required. You can still take this class by viewing the class recordings and keeping pace with the weekly topics and assignments.

Online: Async (Sync-Option) Section

These classes do not meet at a specific time on specific days. This class is paired with a class that takes place at a specific time on a specific day via Zoom (or similar tool). Students in this class may connect with the live classroom and instructor, if and when they are available, but they are not required to do so.

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


Summer Quarter 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 July 16, 2021 (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.

Required Textbook
Title: Python 3 Object-Oriented Programming
Author: Dusty Phillips
ISBN: 9781789617078
Publisher: Packt Publishing 2018
List Price: $23.99


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 Summer Quarter 2021. Applications will be accepted through May 27, 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.