A 10-week program covering iOS development for Apple® devices, including iPhone® and iPad®, for IT professionals and software developers.
DePaul University's iOS Developer Program is designed for IT professionals and software developers who want to understand the fundamental principles of iOS mobile development and be able to apply them to their business. These principles underpin the processes, strategies, and skills necessary to solve business problems through rapid prototyping and business logic implementation within a mobile application. The program is also suitable for developers wanting to make the transition from ObjectiveC® to Swift™. Participants will learn about and understand Apple's human interface guidelines and native application development in use today. The program also provides a broad overview of Apple's foundational frameworks that are supported within the iOS operating system. In addition, the program will include techniques that are used in the industry relating to data storage, RESTful session communication with back-end servers, iCloud® interaction, Keychain® secure data storage, multimedia, gesture handling, GPS location interaction, application debugging, and techniques for fine-tuning applications for efficient performance. The program will prepare students with the necessary skills to create efficient applications for Apple devices that run on the iOS operating system.
Program content consists of lectures and demonstrations complemented with hands-on labs. Students will use a variety of tools and techniques such as Xcode, Interface Builder, and Instruments to learn best practices and real-world scenarios. Reading assignments, case studies, group discussions, and projects will be assigned. Students are expected to either have an Apple laptop (preferred) or easy access to an Apple desktop or laptop running the latest versions of Mac OS X® and Xcode®. Students who wish to make their application available in Apple's App Store® should expect to pay Apple’s $99.00 fee, but it is not a requirement of the program.
Students in this program will be able to:
- Rapidly prototype business solutions from detailed requirements
- Develop applications for iOS using the Swift language
- Understand and experience to discover the various application notification techniques provided by Apple
- Understand the capabilities provided by various frameworks integrated within the iOS operating system
- Learn the techniques required to prepare your application for User Acceptance Testing and production-ready distribution
- Use various performance tools to fine-tune your application
For a complete program description, download the program's brochure.
Winter Quarter 2021:
Application Deadline:Dec. 21, 2020
Tuition Deadline:Jan. 4, 2021
Classes Begin:Jan. 12, 2021
Classes End:Mar. 16, 2021
Online: Sync Section
Days & Times: Tuesdays, 5:45pm-9:00pm and in the morning (9:00am-12:15pm) on half the Saturdays in the program (Central Time)
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 I 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 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.
Winter Quarter 2021
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 iOS Developer 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.
Beginning iPhone Development with Swift 4
Author(s): Molly K. Maskrey
Publisher: Apress 2017
List Price: $39.99
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.
Experience with Mac OS X is assumed. A minimum of six months of professional programming experience with at least one object-oriented language, among Objective-C, Swift, C++, or Java, is required. In addition, students must bring their own laptop computers running the latest Mac OS X operating system to class. A laptop running Windows will not be acceptable as Xcode will only run on an Apple computer.
The iOS Developer Program 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, homework assignments, and a projects. No midterm or final exams are conducted.
The iOS Developer 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, download and complete the
Application Form and email to email@example.com. 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.