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Database Design and Administration (Certificate)

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The Database Design and Administration graduate certificate is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults who are current or aspiring database designers and administrators. Expand your skillset to include designing, administering, fine−tuning, and maintaining databases with a graduate certificate in database administration. Expert instructors who work in the field they teach provide excellent insight to what is needed to work efficiently and effectively in this sector of IT.

Become a leader in database design, development, and administration while you expand your skillset to include data modeling, data warehousing, performance tuning, programming, and building and maintaining client−server databases. The combination of required and elective courses in the graduate certificate program covers key DBS technologies such as SQL Server, Oracle PL/SQL, Transact-SQL programming, and NoSQL databases. This extensive content delivered in a hands−on manner provides both the knowledge and the specific skills needed to put the student on the path to earn key industry certifications for vendor database platforms.

The program also addresses the business management strategies necessary to navigate real−world challenges by offering a broader view of the IT industry, combined with business insights regarding the application of technology to solve organizational issues. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Information and Communications Technology.

Information and Communications Technology Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Assess current and emerging technologies in such areas as mobile applications, wireless networks, and cloud computing
  • Define an enterprise architecture including hardware, software, databases, and communications networks and protocols
  • Evaluate, select, and apply software design and development methodologies that incorporate software development, acquisition, and/or re-use
  • Identify the operational and economic impact of system architecture and software applications in areas such as computer processing, data communications, network design, and software maintenance and support
  • Apply best project management practices
  • Apply good design processes and methods to develop production-quality systems
  • Plan and evaluate, select, and apply appropriate systems and software quality assurance methods and tools
  • Lead and coach others in the development of systems and software components
  • Communicate effectively with technical peers, management, customers, and end-users
  • Identify best practices in information assurance

Students in certificate programs may select from multiple specialized concentrations. Students' selection of concentration will determine required courses and could alter the job placement rate for the program. Read more information on jobs related to this program.

Required Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Database Design and Administration requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Further Study - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.

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Careers in Database Design and Administration Certificate

Database Manager, IT Database Administration Specialist, Database Architect, Database Developer, Applications Database Manager, Systems Analyst, Database Engineer.

Develop and maintain IT applications, training, support, research, management, development, administration, information storage and retrieval, data analysis, programming.

The demand for database administrators is forecast to grow at a rate much faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 31% growth rate for database related job openings through 2020. U.S. News and World Report predicts that employers will prefer applicants with master’s degrees, combined with business and information systems background. Associated Content reports that demand for database administrators will grow in such fields as computer systems design, data processing, software publishing, and computer consulting. Database security continues to be a worldwide priority, as both the volume and value of sensitive data continue their dramatic global growth.

Careers In Information and Communications Technology

YOU are in high demand!
One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the US, computer scientist and database administrator job openings are expected to grow 53% in the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the ICT career outlook is incredibly positive, with a 28% employment increase expected within the field. Whether you choose a career at a government agency, large corporation, or small organization, ICT professionals are in high demand—particularly if you have job experience and relevant education in information and communication technology under your belt.

ICT makes the grade.
The best jobs are in IT, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Information Technology Manager to Database Administrator, Software Developer to Web Developer, these jobs crack the top 10 careers on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 best jobs, as there is an explosive demand in the IT field. A master's degree is preferred for most positions, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also predicts that a focus on mobile application development will help professionals beat the competition.

Where are they now?
Alumni from University College who graduated with a master's degree in information and communication technology hold job titles such as Systems Administrator, Project Manager, Network Engineer, Managing Consultant, Network Architect, Lead IT Analyst, Data Engineer, and CEO in companies and organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, Ironware Technologies, iBoss Security, PayPal, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Vanguard Communication, CenturyLink, Advanced Program Group, Level 3, Verizon Wireless, IBM, IntelliDyne, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Time Warner, Harland Financial Solutions, and the United States Air Force.

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