UMass Boston

Database Technology Certificate

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Pursue systematic training in database application development and administration.

UMass Boston's Graduate Certificate Program in Database Technology provides students with a systematic education in databases, stressing database application development, and database administration skills.

The decision to institute this program was made upon our assessment of a strong need for database training. From application development to database administration, there are many positions available in the industry a student may choose to pursue. There is also the need for professionals with formal training in contemporary tools; the database program offers such individuals an opportunity to strengthen this knowledge base.

Proficiency in programming will be expected. The entire program is offered in the extended day, so that students can attend while holding a full-time position in industry.

The certificate requires 12 credit hours (4 courses). The basic training consists of a sequence of three courses: CS630 (Database Management Systems), CS615 (User Interface Design), and CS634 (Architecture of Database Systems). These courses provide a thorough introduction to relational and object-relational databases, SQL, indexing, concurrency and recovery, and design of user interfaces for database applications. The students select one advanced elective (CS636 or CS637) depending on their specific interests.

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Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • A minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or international equivalent) in all undergraduate work
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing or an international equivalent at the time of enrollment
  • Official transcripts for all institutions where you have earned more than 6 credits; f your transcript is in a language other than English, please include an English translation, validated by an official public translator
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Applicants who completed the majority of their undergraduate coursework outside of the United States are typically required to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo English proficiency test scores.

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: June 1 for fall, December 1 for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Core Courses (9 Credits)

  • CS 615 - User Interface Design 3 Credit(s)
  • CS 630 - Database Management Systems 3 Credit(s)
  • CS 634 - Architecture of Database Systems 3 Credit(s)

Elective (3 Credits)

Take one from below.

  • CS 636 - Database Application Development 3 Credit(s)
  • CS 637 - Database-Backed Websites 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Complete twelve credits from four courses including three core courses and one elective.

Statute of limitations: Three years.


Graduate Program Director Dan Simovici
dan.simovici [at]
(617) 287-6472

Administrative Assistant Gemma Galecia
gemma.galecia [at]
(617) 287-6441

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