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Cloud Computing Certificate


This professional certificate is designed for those who want to advance in the rapidly expanding cloud computing field. Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering Cloud Computing Professional Certificate provides a solid foundation for cloud services management and for building, deploying and maintaining various cloud models. 

Leading corporations like Amazon and Google are on the hunt for those with cloud computing knowledge to usher in a new age of cloud storage, with jobs to properly organize their cloud infrastructure, security, web hosting, and blockchain. Mason's Cloud Computing certificate was designed to help you prepare for these types of in-demand roles. 

This unique program focuses training in multi-cloud platforms to better educate students in application methods across several systems from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure among others.

AWS Verified Cloud Program

The Cloud Computing certificate has also received the innovative distinction of being recognized by Amazon as an AWS Verified Cloud Program. This is part of AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to provide educators and students comprehensive resources for building skills in cloud technology.


>>View the "Meet the Cloud Faculty" webinar from January 28th, 2021. Learn more about the full certificate program, course focus and industry-leading instructors. 

+ Features

Course participants will learn to:

  • Securely manage and access cloud environments
  • Optimize different services by understanding cloud-based solutions
  • Explore best practices for designing patterns for architecting optimal IT solutions on cloud
  • Address cloud architecture challenges, use the serverless framework, deploy and test serverless application on a cloud platform
  • Operate commonly utilized security services
  • Apply virtual firewall rules and network access control lists

Each course in this professional certificate program will have 30 hours of instructor-led time. Instructors will be available to answer questions via Blackboard (online course management system) as well as being available during optional synchronous online sessions. 

+ Digital Certificate (Badge)

Earners of the Cloud Computing Badge have a good understanding of Cloud computing and Virtualization concepts. The individual has knowledge of the Cloud Reference Architecture of NIST, IBM, etc. and can address cloud architecture challenges, use a serverless framework, deploy and test serverless application on a cloud platform, and can explore best practices for designing patterns for architecting optimal IT solutions on cloud.

+ Program Faculty

+ Assistant Professor Pouyan Ahmadi

Plan for a focused, targeted approach. This sequence is carefully chosen, thoughtfully organized training for cloud that is not offered in the bachelor’s degree at the current time.
“This kind of training bridges the gap between academics and industry,” says Pouyan Ahmadi, assistant professor in IST. "Employers are eager to hire people with this sort of training and 58 percent ask for experience in cloud computing by name.”
Ahmadi, who is a self-described networking guy, will be teaching the foundational course and a course in service management.

+ Adjunct Professor Bobby Varghese

Be ready to hit the ground running. Students should be sure that they understand cloud computing before enrolling and should have practical uses for what they learn, says Bobby Varghese, an adjunct professor in IST, who has been working in security for more than 15 years. “After the first course, all of the course work is hands-on. The program assumes that students already know the basics.”

+ Adjunct Professor Randy Michak

Randy Michak is a Senior Technologist with over 25 years of experience designing, integrating, building, managing, and supporting enterprise-level software systems. He has the combination of both real-world experience and knowledge with cloud as well as industry leadership across a variety of cloud, database, and network platforms.
Michak, who is a certified Scrum Master and AWS Developer and Practitioner, will be teaching Application Development in the Cloud.

+ Requirements

The five courses offered in this certificate will be delivered in an asynchronous, self-guided, learning format. Be aware of the program expectations and requirements:

  • Content is divided into 5 learning modules.
    • Coursework includes: viewing lecture recordings, readings, quizzes, discussions and hands-on assignments must be completed on indicated due date
  • Students will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework for each session.
  • Students must earn at least 75% in the course as a passing score.
  • Students must complete all five courses to be awarded a certificate.
  • The cloud certificate courses must be taken in this sequence: PEVS 0310 Cloud Infastructure, PEVS 0311 Cloud Services Management, PEVS 0312 Application Development in Cloud, PEVS 0313 Cloud Security Fundamentals, PEVS 0314 AWS Cloud Security

+ Designed For

This certificate is designed for those in the below fields as well as those aspiring toward these roles:

  • Operational Support Engineer
  • Cloud Systems integrator
  • Cloud Developer
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Cloud Solutions Architect
  • Cloud SysOps Admin
  • Cloud Security Architect
  • Cloud Risk Assessment Professional

+ Details

Participants may choose to take courses individually, or sign up for the bundled five-course certificate at the discounted rate. Each online course will be six weeks in length. 

These courses are aligned with the below certifications. Participants will be able to sit for the following certification exams if they self-study and practice labs after completion of the courses to better prepare themselves. Mason does not guarantee a passing grade. By completing this professional certificate, participants will be able to sit for these certification exams:

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect
  • AWS Certified Developer-Associate
  • AWS Certified Security – Specialty

+ Interested in Learning More?

If you would like more information and details about this innovative certificate program, contact us today and we will be happy to answer your questions and provide additional course information.

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