Utilize the Power and Flexibility of the Cloud
Next start date
October 9, 2017
More and more organizations today are taking advantage of the game-changing power of the cloud to efficiently develop and run vital business applications. If your company needs to construct reliable, secure and scalable applications in a cost-effective way, you should be up to speed on the capabilities of popular cloud computing solutions like Amazon Web Services.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll use the AWS platform to explore key aspects of cloud application architecture and development. We’ll teach you how to build a scalable cloud service and design always-available applications. Gain valuable knowledge about AWS as you discover how to maximize powerful cloud-based tools and solutions to benefit your organization.
IT professionals who work in cloud services and development.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and classroom students must bring a laptop to class. A high-speed Internet connection is recommended.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
You’ll work directly with the AWS platform to develop, test and manage a cloud-based application (AWS account credit included).
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Cloud Architecture for Amazon Web Services
Application Development in the Cloud on Amazon Web Services
System Operations for Amazon Web Services
Certificate in Cloud Application Development on Amazon Web Services
Approved by the UW Department of Computer Science & Engineering and developed under the guidance of the UW eScience Institute.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Atul Adya, Software Engineer, Google
Vishnu Arunachalam, Practice Principal, Attunix
Shobana Balakrishnan, Principal Research Program Mgr, Microsoft Research
Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist, Amazon
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Naomi Bogenschutz, Program Manager, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Wesley Chun, Developer Advocate, Google
Robert Down, Lead Enterprise Cloud Architect, Wipro
Gary Downing, Training Program Manager, Google
Eric Fleischman, Chief Architect & VP Platform Engineering, DocuSign
Arpit Gupta, CTO & Co-founder, Actionableanalytics.biz
John Helm, Chief Technology Officer, OMNI Retail Group
Sowmya Karmali, Senior Program Manager, Windows Azure, Microsoft
Ritu Lambda, Senior CATM Specialist, Microsoft
Rodney Miller, Partner Training and Enablement Manager, Google
Paul Morse, Director, Systems and Innovation, US Micro PC
Greg Oliver, Sr Architect Evangelist, Microsoft Azure
Thomas Roome, Programmer Analyst, The Boeing Company
Darwin Schweitzer, Technical Solutions Professional, Microsoft
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person and engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub. You must attend at least 60 percent of your class sessions in person. You may view the remainder online, either as recorded sessions or in real time (limit of two live-streamed sessions per quarter).
Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Solutions Architect, Amazon
Software Development Manager, Amazon
Cloud Solutions Manger, Amazon Web Services
Technical Account Manager, Amazon Web Services
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