An 11-week program covering DevOps and continuous delivery, for IT professionals and software developers
DePaul University's DevOps Program is designed for IT professionals and software developers who want to understand the fundamental principles of DevOps and continuous delivery and be able to apply them to their business. The program examines the DevOps movement through three lenses: business agility, supporting technologies, and software engineering disciplines. We look at the motivation for DevOps and continuous delivery and some of the considerations that are required to present a compelling business case for its adoption. The program also examines common tools that enable DevOps success including source code control, build automation, continuous integration, automated testing, cloud adoption, and containerization. Finally, the program looks at common changes that may be required in traditional software delivery and operations teams to allow DevOps to flourish. Throughout the program we look at DevOps as the logical extension of the fundamental principles of agile development and focus significant time and attention to the organizational and cultural changes that are often required for such initiatives to be successful.
Program content consists of lectures and demonstrations complemented with hands-on labs. Students will use a variety of tools and techniques such as Github, Jenkins/Travis CI, Maven, Gradle, Docker, AWS, and Chef. Reading assignments, case studies, group discussions, and projects will be assigned. Students are expected to have easy access to either a Windows or Linux desktop with a current version of Java and be able to install additional software as required.
Students in this program will be able to:
- Understand the goals of DevOps and continuous delivery and how to continuously evaluate whether those goals have been met.
- Develop build automation using Maven and Gradle.
- Develop test automation in the style of behavior-driven development (BDD) using Spock.
- Implement continuous integration using hosted solutions such as Travis CI.
- Understand the role of virtualization and containerization as an enabler to DevOps.
- Understand the role of cloud computing as it relates to DevOps.
- Understand how DevOps and continuous delivery affect organization culture and team composition.
For a complete program description, download the program's brochure.
Dates & Location
Spring Quarter 2020:
The spring class is now closed. Dates for the next session will be posted in late March.
On-campus section: Classes meet on Monday 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
Spring Quarter 2020
Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using their 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 DevOps Program by Apr. 13, 2020 (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.
Title: Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases Through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation
Author(s): Jez Humble and David Farley
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Signature Series 2010
List Price: $59.99
Title: DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations
Author(s): Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, and John Willis
Publisher: IT Revolution Press 2016
List Price: $27.95
Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. Students who elect to pay tuition using their credit or debit card will be assessed a non-refundable 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.
The program is suitable for IT professionals and software developers who want to explore how DevOps and continous delivery practices are shaping modern IT organizations. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of professional software development experience. Experience with Java is assumed, although this program does not require significant Java development.
The DevOpsProgram 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 reading, case studies, group discussions, and projects. No midterm or final exams are conducted.
The DevOps 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.
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.