Purdue University Global adds graduate micro-credentials in high demand IT fields

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University Global is launching four new graduate-level micro-credentials in high-demand fields of information technology.

These micro-credentials can fulfill Purdue Global programs’ elective slots, become a specialization or be added to support students’ completed degrees. They may qualify for federal financial aid and allow students to take credit-bearing courses without enrolling in a full degree program.

Tina Burton, Purdue Global

“These are attractive micro-credentials for undergraduate STEM students seeking additional skills at the graduate level or professionals wanting to enhance their credentials and up-skill their careers toward more in-demand fields,” said Tina Burton, associate dean of the Purdue Global School of Business and Information Technology.

Here is a snapshot of each of the four new micro-credentials:

AWS Cloud Technologies includes five courses designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career using Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) products and services. This micro-credential is designed with AWS Academy content to align with the following five cloud certifications: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner – Associate, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, AWS Certified Developer – Associate, AWS Certified Data Analytics Specialty and AWS Certified Sysops Administrator – Associate.

Secure Software Development and Quality Assurance will teach graduates how to implement secure development best practices throughout the software development lifecycle. Topics will include secure software principles; software requirements and analysis; software design, coding, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance; and supply chain software acquisition. This five-class micro-credential will also align to the ISC2 Certified Secure Software Development Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certification.

Cybersecurity Core Concepts is a five-course micro-credential covering cybersecurity topics such as ethical hacking, forensics, cryptography, security policies and security audits. It can either be added to other graduate degrees or taken as a stand-alone credential by students with a technical undergraduate degree. This offering will be available for enrollment beginning with the Aug. 4 term.

IT Core Concepts comprises five graduate courses covering essential IT topics like networking, databases, systems analysis, security management and information systems management. This micro-credential will add in-demand skills to other domain degrees such as business, criminal justice, health care and law. This offering also will be available for enrollment beginning with the Aug. 4 term.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves 34,000 students (as of April 2021), most of whom earn their degree online. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.

Information: Tom Schott, tschott@purdue.edu

Source: Tina Burton