An eleven-week in-depth program in the principles, methods, and technologies of Cloud Computing. The program provides a broad understanding of the different leading Cloud Computing technologies. Topics include Cloud Computing concepts and architecture; Cloud Computing standards; Cloud Computing implementation strategies; Software as a Service (SaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); workload patterns and resource management; migrating to the Cloud; case studies and best practices. Students in class will build their own Cloud application using services from providers such as Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce.com.
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. In addition, in order to install and run the software used in the program, the student must have access to a computer running Windows® 10 with administrator privileges.
For a completed program description,
download the program's brochure.
Dates & Location
Winter Quarter 2018:
Application Deadline:Dec. 8, 2017
Tuition Deadline:Dec. 15, 2017
Classes Begin:Jan. 2, 2018
Classes End:Mar. 13, 2018
Online section: This program will be offered strictly online this quarter. There will be no on-campus meetings. Class content will be delivered via weekly online lectures, beginning on Jan. 2, 2018.
DePaul University reserves the right to cancel any program prior to that program's first class meeting.
Winter Quarter 2018
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 Cloud Computing Technologies Program by January 16, 2018.
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 $90.00 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. 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 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 In-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, 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 information and instructions about the registration process.
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.