Certificate in Scala Functional, Concurrent & Distributed Programming

Write Highly Scalable, Responsive Applications


Program Details

  • Location: Downtown Seattle
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,747

Next start date

October 2017

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About this Program

Note: This program was previously titled Certificate in Scala Functional & Reactive Programming.

As the name would suggest, Scala functional programming is all about scaling up — increasing your organization’s ability to take advantage of available big data in the development of full-stack web applications and services for mission-critical systems. Combining Scala frameworks such as Spark and Akka allows you to build highly concurrent, distributed, and message-driven applications on the Java virtual machine (JVM).

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll acquire the skills needed to create resilient, elastically scalable, responsive and distributed web applications for big-data environments. You’ll learn to produce event-driven, fault-tolerant applications and gain an understanding of the tools and frameworks related to computing-intensive web services.


Technically oriented professionals with experience in software development, data analysis or data science.

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  • Tools and techniques for front- and back-end development of full-stack web applications using Play and Akka HTTP
  • Principles of Spark programming and an introduction to Spark’s machine learning library (MLlib)
  • How analytics and machine learning concepts can be applied in building responsive and distributed web applications 


  • Perform data processing using Spark and Akka
  • Complete a final programming project based on real-world scenarios

Program Overview

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.

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Learning Formats


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.


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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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.

Not available for this program