IPD Certificate Programs

DePaul University is continuing to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. All of our winter 2021 classes will be conducted completely online. Please check the program pages for more detail on the online format.

The Institute for Professional Development (IPD) was formed by the College of Computing and Digital Media of DePaul University in 1984 to assist both individuals and businesses in keeping pace with the rapid development of computer technologies. The Institute offers a variety of intensive certificate programs designed for IT and business professionals who wish to learn new technologies and upgrade their skills in a short amount of time.

Certificate programs are catalogued as courses of DePaul University and are offered on the university's quarter schedule, with a new session beginning each fall, winter, spring, and summer. Individuals who enroll in the programs are matriculated as non-degree-seeking students of the university, and enjoy all rights, privileges and responsibilities afforded to such students.

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

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Big Data Analytics

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Cloud Computing and DevOps

  • Cloud Computing Technologies

    An 11-week high-level overview of the principles, methods, and technologies of cloud computing

  • DevOps

    An 11-week program covering DevOps and continuous delivery, for IT professionals and software developers

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  • Cybersecurity Risk Management

    An 11-week program; participants devise an operational cybersecurity risk management strategy using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework for a cyber-physical system or a technology of their choice

  • Incident Response and Digital Forensics

    An 8-week program covering the incident response life cycle, analysis methodology, and the handling of digital forensic evidence for cybersecurity personnel

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Database Technologies

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  • Technology and Innovation

    A 10-week program providing a comprehensive review of the disciplines required to manage the ongoing innovation and rapidly changing technology in today's business environment and strategies to assure sound decision-making for business in an interconnected world

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Mobile Application Development

  • iOS Developer

    A 10-week program covering iOS development for Apple devices, including iPhone and iPad, for IT professionals and software developers

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Software Development and Software Testing


Special Topics in IT

  • Modern Information Technology

    An 11-week program providing instruction in coding and a hands-on overview of key topics in modern computing and business applications