Cloud Computing Certificate

Earn A Cloud Computing Certificate At UVA

Cloud Computing skills are highly in-demand in the industry. In this certificate program, you will gain hands-on experience while earning 18 credits, which can be completed over three semesters during a single year. You will walk away prepared to apply your learning in the professional setting and advance in your career.

Whether you have a background in technology or are looking to transition into the field, our online program is designed to start with a foundational cloud computing introduction and allow you time to thoroughly master and apply the skills. Content is tightly aligned with Amazon Web Services components, so students are fully prepared at the completion of the program to succeed in industry certifications. 

The program and its courses have been structured to allow students flexibility, understanding that working professionals must manage multiple demands. 


Key Takeaways
  • Master in-demand cloud computing skills in a growing field while earning a credential from one of the nation’s top-ranked public universities.
  • Be fully prepared to succeed in AWS certifications
  • Live and asynchronous online class sessions built to fit your work and home life.
  • Collaboration opportunities with UVA faculty and industry peers and leaders through discussion forums, group projects, presentations, office hours and networking.
What You Will Learn

Prepare to sit for AWS certifications, specifically the Foundational-level AWS Cloud Practitioner certification and the Associate-level AWS Certification exams in the Architect (Solutions Architect) or Operations (SysOps Administrator) pathways.

Required Courses (5)
IT 3000 – Cloud Computing Foundations

Provides an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. Covers cloud concepts, Amazon Web Services (AWS) core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. Helps students prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

IT 3100 – Architecture and Design

Covers the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Teaches solutions architects how to optimize the use of the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how they fit into cloud-based solutions. Emphasizes best practices and recommends design patterns to help with the process of architecting optimal IT solutions on AWS. Helps students prepare for the AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate exam.

IT 3410 – Introduction to Python and Software Development

Provides an introduction to object-oriented programming and the core principles of Python. Covers fundamental coding concepts like variables, algorithms, and data structures and allows for the practice of creating Python functions and applications in the cloud. Introduces agile software development and other processes that are widely used to develop applications in the technology sector.

IT 3110 – Networking Fundamentals 

Introduces the Amazon Web Services (AWS) suite of network-related products, including AWS VPC (Virtual Private Cloud), AWS Direct Connect, Elastic Load Balancing, and Route S3. Covers troubleshooting tips and security best practices.

IT 3405 – Database Management and Administration

Uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) Relational Database Service (RDS) to teach the reads and writes that can be handled with insertion, update and delete to optimize the performance. Covers deploying AWS database resources, managing those resources, and completing the assignments using AWS services. Includes information on monitoring and troubleshooting and how to perform investigations and minimize downtime, thereby increasing availability.

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Elective Courses (Select 1)
IT 3120 – Cloud Infrastructure Management

Provides details on how to solve problems and troubleshoot various scenarios in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Shows students how to create automatable and repeatable deployments of networks and systems on AWS and covers features and tools for configuration and deployment. Includes the opportunity to build infrastructures via guided, hands-on activities. Prepares students to pursue entry-level DevOps, support, and cloud operations roles.

IT 3130 – Cloud Security

Introduces several Amazon Web Services (AWS) services that can be used to improve security posture. Covers the different security design principles that help with planning the security approach. Covers the fundamentals of AWS cloud security concepts, including AWS access control, data encryption methods, and how network access to AWS infrastructure can be secured. Focuses on additional topics such as AWS Security, Identity, and Compliance.

IT 3140 Cloud DevSecOps

Combines aspects of development, security, and operations and teaches cloud engineers to perform a DevSecOps role. DevSecOps removes silos between teams, and with the addition of automation, it improves the time it takes to deliver reliable software to the market. Students learn to streamline processes and Software Development Life Cycles (SDLCS) through DevSecOps techniques, including automated build and release processes.


The information contained on this web site is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.


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Meet the Instructors
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Kiran Chittargi

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Jimmy Ardiansyah

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Laura Malavé

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Douglas Mujeye

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Roger O’Farril

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Eric Rzeszut

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START DATES: August, January, May

DURATION: 18 undergraduate credits / 6 courses / 1 year on average

The program can be completed in one calendar year by taking two courses per term, including the summer.

FORMAT: Part-time: online

Admission Requirements


Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1
Fall: July 1

Requires high school diploma or equivalent

Admission Details


ESTIMATED COST* $8,784 (same in-state and out-of-state)

This program is not eligible for financial aid.

Scholarships are available. Learn more. 

Tuition Details

* Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates adjusted annually.