Control Data Storage and Access
Next start date
October 4, 2017
An organization’s data is only as good as the ability to access it. Database designers, developers and administrators hold the key to that access. The importance of these roles is reflected in the job market, where overall growth is projected at 15 percent through the end of the decade.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll teach you the essentials of database management — how to capture, store, retrieve and analyze information skillfully and effectively. You’ll become familiar with design principles and database management technologies and gain experience working in distributed, mainframe, client-server and desktop environments. Get the skills required to help your organization manage its data successfully.
Professionals looking to enter or advance in the field of database design, development and administration. Those with no experience working with databases should consider taking our course in Foundations of Database Management first.
Applicants must have one of the following:
We also recommend that you have:
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.
Because this offering is 100 percent online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have:
Specific software needs will be determined.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Instructor Gregory Hay of the Certificate in Database Management explains the benefits of the program and the different types of jobs that it prepares graduates for.
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.
Certificate in Database Management
Approved by the UW Department of Computer Science & Engineering.
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.
Margaret Bartley, President and CTO, The Bartley Group Ltd.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Bill Fletcher, Director of Informatics, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic
Ron Jensen, Senior Database Administrator, Finance & IT, Sound Transit
Murli Koushik, Lead, Principal Service Operations, Microsoft
Gary McCaig, Database Systems Analyst, Retired
Brigid Nulty, Program Manager, UW Professional and Continuing Education
Mark Pohto, Principal Engineer, 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
Courses are streamed online in real time. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using 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 up to 40 percent of your class sessions as recordings instead of attending online in real time.
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
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
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