Introduction to SQL | Certificate Program

Introduction to SQL Program 

Introduction to SQL Certificate Program

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A two-week certificate program providing an efficient, but in-depth introduction to the fundamental syntax of Structured Query Language (SQL)

The Introduction to SQL Program provides an efficient, but in-depth introduction to the fundamental syntax of the Structured Query Language (SQL) for querying, storage, and manipulation of data from a variety of databases. The program is ideally suited for professionals who work in data-focused environments and need the skills for basic extraction and analysis of data using SQL. Students will learn how to query, store, and manipulate data as well as produce basic SQL reports. The program is also beneficial as a foundation for further study in database application development.

The program covers an overview of Structured Query Language; table creation and table manipulation (insertions, deletions, etc.); writing queries with the SELECT statement and different operators; commands for removing duplicates and sorting data; various types of JOIN statements; datatypes; string, number, and date functions; formatting and the CASE statement; aggregate functions (SUM, COUNT, etc.) and GROUPBY command; subquery examples; how to manage nulls; what are different types of database objects; creating a view; the ALTER command; simple examples of procedures, functions, and triggers; an example of a real-world database application; and creating simple SQL reports.

Students in this program will be able to:

  • Describe a relational database.
  • Formulate fundamental SELECT queries and DML (data manipulation language) and DDL (data definition language) commands.
  • Construct joins, aggregates, and built-in functions.
  • Integrate best practice techniques.

Classroom lectures and demonstrations will be complemented by readings, short labs, and assignments. Students will be instructed to download an open-source database. Students must have full administrator rights to their personal computers in order to successfully install and use the database.

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


Summer Quarter 2023:

  • Application Deadline:July 7, 2023
  • Tuition Deadline:July 14, 2023
  • Classes Begin:July 25, 2023
  • Classes End:Aug. 3, 2023

Meeting Pattern

Online: Sync Section

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

There are four class meetings over a two-week period, on: July 25(Tue.), July 27(Thu.), Aug. 1(Tue.), Aug. 3(Thu.)

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 a 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 2023


  • $1,000.00

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 Introduction to SQL Program by July 26, 2023 (convenience fees will not be refunded).

Please note tuition fees incurred for the Introduction to SQL Program are not eligible for deferment using the Employer Tuition Deferment Plan or for a payment plan using the Single Term Payment Plan.

Notice for Current DePaul Students

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.

There are no required textbooks for this session.

Other Fees

CTA U-Pass Fee: 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


Admission Requirements

Applicants should have basic experience using a personal computer running Windows. No prior knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL) is assumed.

Course Credit

The Introduction to SQL 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 343; 1.5 undergraduate credit hours

Course credit and final grade information will be available through the Institute for Professional office upon the program's completion; it will be reflected on the university's system at the end of the university's regular academic quarter.

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.