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Graduate Certificate in Cloud Computing
The graduate certificate in Cloud Computing is a 12-semester-credit-hour program designed to equip technical professionals with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for a career in an organization that leverages cloud computing. The wide-range of use of cloud computing in today’s business, government and academic environments requires a broad range of competencies and understanding of how cloud computing influences a particular area. This certificate is designed to give a common framework of understanding cloud computing, as well as allow for specialization in specific areas, such as, cyber-security, cloud-infrastructure, and applications in cloud.
A student can complete the Cloud Computing certificate through one of three colleges including the College of Engineering, College of Business and College of Sciences. Within each College, the Cloud Computing certificate allows a student to select from three different tracks including Applications, Infrastructure and Security. Depending on the College through which the student is completing the certificate, the course offerings will vary in each of the tracks. The course requirements for each program may be found under the College of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security.
Why pursue a graduate certificate in Cloud Computing:
Microsoft reported that by 2017, at least 2.7 million cloud-computing workers will be needed by North American Corporations. Microsoft further states that the current supply cannot meet this demand.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook 2018, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, further supports the workforce needs stating employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.
A certificate that would demonstrate proficiency in areas related to cloud computing serves both the student and community, allowing corporations’ access to the trained workforce required to compete in today’s high-tech landscape and provide opportunities for our students to compete for some of the best technical jobs available.
Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites:
Applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UTSA have already met University requirements for admission. Because of this, no formal application process is necessary for applicants enrolled in a graduate degree program. The applicant should contact the Certificate Program Advisor and complete a form requesting permission to enter and complete the certificate program. If the request is approved, this form will be signed by the Certificate Program Advisor and the Dean of the College or Director of the Center in which the certificate program is housed. A copy of this form will be sent to the GAR for the student’s degree program, the department in which the applicant’s program is housed, and the Graduate School. Applicants who are admitted into a certificate program while also pursuing a graduate degree will be classified as degree-seeking students.
Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UTSA are required to apply for admission to UTSA as a special graduate student and to indicate their intent to seek admission into a certificate program. Applicants are required to meet University admission requirements for special graduate students to include completion of the Graduate Studies Application. Specific requirements include:
Admission requirements and prerequisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study. If it is determined by the Certificate Program Advisor that an applicant requires prerequisite background courses to adequately prepare for the courses included in the certificate program, this will be noted in the applicant’s file. The applicant will be notified that the prerequisite courses must be taken before enrolling in certificate program coursework.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
Statement of Purpose: Yes. The statement should address your relevant experience and future career goals related to the certificate.
Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.
Any applicant who is admitted into a certificate program without being currently enrolled in a graduate degree program is considered to be a special graduate student. If the applicant wishes to be admitted into a degree program, they will be required to apply to that program as a degree-seeking student.
Admittance into or completion of a certificate program is not considered to be qualification for entry into a graduate degree program.
Applicants who are pursuing a certificate as special graduate students are not eligible for financial aid.