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Database Design and Administration

Businesses depend on the reliability of databases, and it’s up to a skilled database administrator to provide advanced database solutions for those organizations. Develop strategies to design, administer, fine-tune, and maintain databases using the latest tools and technologies, plus cultivate the business acumen needed to excel in the IT industry.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate


6 Course Certificate


Evening or Online


As few as 6 months

As few as 12 months

Our Information Technology (IT) Graduate Certificate programs are in the process of becoming eligible for Federal student aid. While we expect the Department of Education to approve aid eligibility soon, at this time Federal financial aid is not currently available for IT certificate programs.

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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Design, administer, and manage databases

Apply data modeling, data warehousing, and performance tuning

Use database platforms such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL

Specialized Graduate Certificate in Database Design and Administration requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).


Concentration Courses
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

ICT 4400 Database Administration
ICT 4405 Database Design and Implementation
ICT 4410 Data Warehousing Design
ICT 4415 Database Backup and Recovery with Lab

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


Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

ICT 4400 Database Administration
ICT 4405 Database Design and Implementation
ICT 4410 Data Warehousing Design
ICT 4415 Database Backup and Recovery with Lab

Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Information and Communications Technology program include:

ICT 4000 ICT Business Essentials for Technology Leaders
ICT 4005 ICT Technical Essentials
ICT 4007 Creative Problem Solving and Programming Concepts 
ICT 4100 Principles of Project Management
GIS 4101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ICT 4200 Cybersecurity Foundations
GIS 4200 Geospatial Intelligence
ICT 4300 Web Enabled Information Systems
ICT 4305 Object-Oriented Methods and Programming I
ICT 4370 Python Programming
ICT 4430 Database Security
ICT 4451 Database Programming: Oracle PL/SQL
ICT 4462 SQL Server and T-SQL Lab
ICT 4485 NoSQL Databases for Big Data
ICT 4505 Website Design and Management
ICT 4540 Data in Web Application Development
ICT 4605 Principles of Information Security
ICT 4680 Principles of Cryptography
ICT 4695 Application Security
ICT 4985 Industry Innovation Project
ICT 4700
ICT 4705 AI Ethics, Policy, & Governance

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Information and Communications Technology program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

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Sample Schedule

Plan your schedule to complete your graduate certificate. Finish quickly in just six months or take up to two years (four course certificate) or three years for a six-course certificate.

Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 0 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 2 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 2 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 1 1
6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

Interested in a master’s degree?

Explore our Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Database Design and Administration.

Take a Course Before You Apply


We know how important it is to get started when you’re ready and that’s why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Arts and Culture Marketing

Database Administrator is considered a top 10 “Best Technology Job,” according to U.S. News & World Report due to factors such as salary, market growth, and opportunities for advancement.

Employment for database administrators in computer systems design and related services is projected to grow 20%.

Job growth is driven by increased data needs for organizations in various fields. Prospects who have experience with the latest technology will stand out.

Job Titles

Database Manager
IT Database Administration Specialist
Database Architect
Database Developer
Applications Database Manager
Network Administrator
Systems Analyst
Database Engineer

Database Administrator Salary: National Average


(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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“That master’s degree had been on my bucket list for more than 20 years and I just started thinking now’s the time, I’m not going to procrastinate anymore!” —Carolyn Hinkley, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes


We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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Timothy Bradsby

Portfolio Manager,
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

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Don Halloran

Founder & CEO,
Waypoint Group

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Mark Merkow

Senior Security Engineer,
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

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Darl Kuhn

Solutions Architect,

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Nathan Braun

Educational Consultant & Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver, University College

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Mike Prasad

State of Colorado

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Glenn Ware

Director Corporate Systems,
Xcel Energy

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Amber Cardillo

Sr. Director Americas Telco,


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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.


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Colorado Technology Association

The Colorado Technology Association represents technology leaders, professionals, companies, IT departments, government and legislative leaders, and industry advisors. CTA provides members with community, insight, connections and advocacy. Our industry development work spans public policy to education to leadership.

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