An eleven-week high-level overview of the principles, methods, and technologies of Cloud Computing.
DePaul University’s Cloud Computing Technologies Program provides a broad understanding of the different leading Cloud Computing technologies. The program is designed to quickly educate information technology professionals on various Cloud implementations and the organizational considerations necessary to effectively and wisely utilize Cloud services within their organizations. The program is ideally suited to business and IT professionals who need a firm overall knowledge of the technologies involved, including: Senior IT managers and those assessing the potential for Cloud Computing in their organization; Systems Architects looking to design cloud-based systems; IT operations managers responsible for infrastructure and staffing; application developers assessing computing options for development projects; and application engineers responsible for deploying and managing Cloud applications.
The Cloud Computing Technologies Program is offered solely online. Program content will consist of instructor-led video, reading, homework assignments, lab exercises, and projects. The lab exercises will give the student first-hand knowledge of the skills needed to build and deploy a Cloud application using a variety of common services. While access to most Cloud services explored in the program will be provided to students in class, there may be some Cloud services that are only accessible via the use of a student’s own credit card. Students should expect to spend a small fee to access these services.
Students in this program will learn to:
- Explain Cloud Computing Concepts
- Describe Cloud Computing Architecture
- Understand Cloud Computing Standards
- Summarize Cloud Computing Implementation Strategies
- Apply Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Construct Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Use Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Analyze Workload Patterns and Resource Management
- Build your own Cloud using services from providers such as Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft
- Design on premise to Cloud migration
- Apply Best Practices
For a complete program description,
download the program's brochure.
Winter Quarter 2021:
Application Deadline:Dec. 8, 2020
Tuition Deadline:Dec. 15, 2020
Classes Begin:Jan. 5, 2021
Classes End:Mar. 16, 2021
Online: Async Section
These classes do not meet at a specific time on specific days. Content will be delivered via weekly pre-recorded lectures. Students follow a weekly agenda of topics and assignments, but can view the course material at a time of their own choosing. Structured opportunities for interaction with the class and instructor are provided asynchronously.
This program has weekly course content equivalent to three hours per week. For every hour of course content, students should also expect to spend about two additional hours for studying, homework, labs, and other assignments.
Winter Quarter 2021
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 Cloud Computing Technologies Program by January 19, 2021 (convenience fees will not be refunded).
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.
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
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
While access to most Cloud services explored in the program will be provided to students in class, there may be some Cloud services that are only accessible via the use of a student's own credit card. Students should expect to spend a small fee to access these services.
CTA U-Pass Fee: Beginning Autumn Quarter 2016, any IPD certificate program student who enrolls in a full-time course load (8 graduate or 12 undergraduate credit hours) and where at least one course is taught at an on-campus location will be automatically enrolled in the University’s CTA U-Pass program. The CTA U-Pass program provides unlimited rides on CTA transport and it requires that all eligible students participate in the program. The cost of the CTA U-Pass is $105.00 per quarter. Students who meet the eligibility criteria will have this fee added to their student accounts. Students are responsible for this fee regardless of benefit use or card pick-up. Students who are taking courses exclusively online do not qualify for this program. Further information about the U-Pass program is found at
Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-redundable 2.75% convenience fee.
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 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
Applicants who wish to use the university's Single Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.
Applicants should have professional work experience in an IT job function. Advanced computer programming skills are not required; however, students should have been exposed to basics of programming logic in a prior course.
The Cloud Computing Technologies 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 355; 4 undergraduate credit hours
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.