Build a More Connected World
Next start date
October 12, 2017
Technology experts predict that by 2020 there will be billions of devices connected wirelessly to the internet, generating vast amounts of data in real time and transforming the way we live, work and play. This phenomenon — known as the internet of things — will enable everything from smart homes to life-saving medical technologies. The job market for tech professionals who can engineer these connections is growing exponentially.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain the foundational skills to manage and administer networked control systems. We’ll explore the most popular platforms and languages used to develop for connected devices. And you’ll learn the tools and technologies needed to build cutting-edge solutions that make possible the internet of things.
Software development professionals and those who work with connected devices and networks.
Applicants must 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.
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.
This program requires the use of the Raspberry Pi and other components, which are purchased separately. You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
You’ll develop solutions for the internet of things using Python and Raspberry Pi.
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.
Internet of Things: Foundations
Internet of Things: Protocols & Networks
Internet of Things: Cloud Computing & Analytics
Certificate in Internet of Things
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.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Steve Dame, Adjunct Professor and Lecturer, Division of Computing & Software Systems, UW Bothell
Drew Gislason, President, San Juan Software
Russ Gyurek, Director, Innovation Labs, CTO Group, Cisco
Matthew C. Jennings, Director of IOT Solutions, Americas Bosch Software Innovations Corp.
Shaun Moore, Founder, GetChui.com
Richard Ortega, Cloud Architect, Independent Consultant
Nimret Singh Sandhu Singh, Director of Technology, Dev9
Sharlene Sternberg, Marketing Manager, Sensoria Inc.
Lalitha Subramanian, Assistant Director, Academic Programs, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Geetha Thamilarasu, Assistant Professor, Division of Computing & Software Systems, UW Bothell
Rob Tiffany, CTO, Lumada, IOT at Hitachi
Davide Vigano, Co-Founder, Sensoria Inc.
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 textbook costs or other materials.
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.
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President, San Juan Software
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