Cloud Computing

Online Undergraduate Certificate in Cloud Computing

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About This Program

Note: This certificate is not currently available for admission.

The online undergraduate certificate in cloud computing from American Public University (APU) provides a foundation for cloud computing certification training and the chance to develop your knowledge of cloud computing basics, including virtualization, network installation, privacy, and data security in a cloud environment.

With this type of cloud computing training, you’ll acquire skills that are in demand in today’s highly connected world. These skills include how to assess and evaluate enterprise systems to determine security and privacy risks.

Also, you will design and implement cloud computing solutions, and expand your knowledge of service-oriented architecture (SOA), governance, compliance, and legacy application migration issues. In addition, you will master effective decision-making and management techniques.

NOTE: Completion of this program does not award any professional certifications, but may be helpful in preparing to earn such certifications.

What You Will Do

  1. Develop a thorough understanding of cloud computing key principles and the security and privacy aspects of cloud computing technology
  2. Examine service-oriented architecture (SOA) and convert logical designs into services to use in real-world cloud computing environments
  3. Assess, evaluate, and apply the necessary tools to analyze an organization’s assets and ensure that cloud security and privacy are securely implemented
  4. Understand how to use the appropriate resources to create specifications and contracts for performing cloud services
  5. Learn effective decision making, best environmental impact practices, and management techniques to support organizational growth and green IT strategy

Program at a Glance

Number of Credits
Cost Per Credit
$325 | $250*
Courses Start Monthly
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Program Requirements Printable Catalog Version

Must take all courses for this section.

Course ID: 4279

This course will introduce students to the concepts of green infrastructure planning and design and the implementation of renewable technologies. The framework presented for planning and design will focus on increasing the performance of green infrastructure systems. Students will examine case studies and participate in exercises to develop richly layered, interconnected, and sustainable communities that increase human health and ecological resilience.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/27/23 - 08/04/23 08/07/23 - 10/01/23 Summer 2023 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 4010

This course is a technical study of the hardware systems and architectures in a computer system; it appraises expansion cards, storage subsystems, IO interface subsystems, operating system, Local Area Networking (LAN), Internet connectivity, and security. This course also examines the processes for analyzing problems and for synthesizing solutions related to computer hardware systems.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/27/23 - 08/04/23 08/07/23 - 10/01/23 Summer 2023 Session I 8 Week session
05/29/23 - 11/03/23 11/06/23 - 12/31/23 Fall 2023 Session I 8 Week session

Course ID: 4397

This course will delve into all aspects of a Cloud Computing implementation, starting from a definition of what it actually means and assessment of whether it is suitable for a given company to the strategy alignment, implementation and operation of a working solution. It will cover Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service as the many integration and management components that are necessary to make this work together to fulfill business requirements.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/30/23 - 06/30/23 07/03/23 - 08/27/23 Summer 2023 Session B 8 Week session
04/24/23 - 09/29/23 10/02/23 - 11/26/23 Fall 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Course ID: 4400

This course examines the various aspects of a Service-oriented Architecture (SOA). It explores the comprehensive plan to interrelate business with technology. It displays how SOA combines the talents and skills of an entire organization, with its requisite needs and computing know-how. It focuses on the necessary tools—processes, best practices, and standards—for developing a sound SOA, Service-Oriented Modeling: Service Analysis, Design, and Architecture. It also introduces a service-oriented modeling framework that employs an agile and universal business and technology language to facilitate analysis, design, and architecture initiatives.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/26/22 - 06/02/23 06/05/23 - 07/30/23 Spring 2023 Session D 8 Week session
03/27/23 - 09/01/23 09/04/23 - 10/29/23 Summer 2023 Session D 8 Week session

Course ID: 4405

This course provides an overview of the current research focusing on ways to make computing greener and more efficient, the reference used in this course is the first research-level book devoted to green computing and large-scale energy efficiency. With contributions from leading experts in the field, the book presents current research and developments in hardware, systems software, run-time systems, programming languages, data center management, and applications. It also covers the emerging green movement in computing, including the Green Grid and the Green 500 list, as well as important programs in grassroots organizations and government agencies. (Prerequisite: ISSC386)

Course ID: 4408

This course will provide necessary guidance to build a proper audit to ensure that operational integrity and customer data protection, among other aspects, are addressed for cloud based resources. This course will serve as a cloud computing reference for auditors and IT Security Professionals. It will also provide information to assist in preparing for an audit addressing cloud computing.
Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/30/23 - 06/30/23 07/03/23 - 08/27/23 Summer 2023 Session B 8 Week session
04/24/23 - 09/29/23 10/02/23 - 11/26/23 Fall 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start Aug 7
Register by Aug 4

Admission Requirements

  • All APU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e., GED)!
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the APU admission application. View steps to apply.

Materials Cost

Technology fee: $85 per course | $0 for active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists.

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*Cost Per Credit Hour

U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families, including parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents, receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. 
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