Certificate in SQL Server & Database Development

Build, Deploy and Manage Relational Databases


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,140

Next start date:

January 2025

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About this Program

For decades, SQL has been an essential language for many IT roles and the gold standard for working with relational databases. This three-course certificate program will focus primarily on Microsoft SQL Server, one of the most popular database development platforms. We’ll cover the fundamentals of database planning, design, deployment and management, and you’ll explore how to write advanced SQL queries for reporting.


Professionals seeking to develop and manage databases using Microsoft SQL Server.

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Explore More: Looking for a starter course? Check out the Foundations of Databases & SQL Programming — or find the right data program for you.

Video Overview

Instructor boB Taylor of the Certificate in SQL Server & Database Development explains how the program enables students to learn how to build and manage databases using Microsoft SQL server.

Duration: 02:27


  • Relational database modeling and development using Microsoft SQL Server  
  • SQL programming with stored procedures, views and functions 
  • How to implement advanced reporting objects and structures
  • Transaction management and error handling, database management, monitoring and performance tuning strategies
  • Advanced programming techniques using both ANSI SQL and Microsoft's Transact-SQL


  • Practice using tools such as SQL Server Management Studio, Microsoft PowerShell, and Git source code control 
  • Create modular and reusable code in functions and stored procedures 
  • Design, transform and manage various data formats and structures 


Completing this program provides you with skills needed to excel as a Microsoft SQL Server professional and helps prepare you for Microsoft SQL Server certification.


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats

Sample Employers

Bazefield, CDC Foundation, Chewy, City of Seattle, Homestreet Bank, Morgan Stanley


Projected job growth for database architects in Washington state (2020–30)


Average salary for database architects in Washington state (2023)

SSources: Lightcast; O*NET OnLine


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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.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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