Database administrators can learn to work on a wide variety of platforms and may find careers with businesses in almost any field. Degree programs suitable for aspiring database administrators are offered by computer science or computer information systems departments housed in 4-year colleges and universities.
10 Schools for Database Administration:
Here's a list of schools with relevant programs for prospective database administrators:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Brigham Young University-Provo||Provo, UT||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$5,150|
|Indiana University-Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|| Undergraduate:
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||Raleigh, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|| Undergraduate:
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus||University Park, PA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|| Undergraduate:
Graduate: In-state $20,270
|Texas A & M University-College Station||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|| Undergraduate:
|University of California-Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's|| Undergraduate:
Graduate: In-state $13,431
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Graduate Certificate, Master's, Doctorate||In-state $8,492
|University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder, CO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|| Undergraduate:
Graduate: In-state $12,320
|Purdue University-Main Campus||West Lafayette, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||Undergraduate and Graduate:
|The University of Tennessee-Knoxville||Knoxville, TN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|| Undergraduate:
Graduate: In-state $12,356
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in database administration may want to consider the following:
- Most positions require that potential candidates have a bachelor's degree or higher in a related field, such as computer science or information systems.
- To expand their career opportunities and to cater to their personal goals, students may want to consider what specific concentrations and degree levels are offered at a school.
- Program coursework can vary, and students may want to take into account whether or not a program focuses solely on programming and database training, or if it offers some coursework in business management and other valuable areas.
Bachelor's Degrees in Computer Information Systems
Bachelor's degree programs in computer science or information systems cover database administration as well as broader topics in computer software and hardware. Others may put more emphasis on practical technology applications and career skills.
Master's Degrees in Information Systems Management
Typically, MBA degree programs with a concentration in information systems are 2-year programs that require advanced courses in accounting, finance and management in addition to those covering computer systems. Other relevant 2-year master's degree programs include those in information systems management, which combine entrepreneurial and leadership skills courses with those in information technology and database management.
Computer science degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels are widely available to train aspiring database administrators. Students may want to consider programs with areas of concentration for specialized study as they complete general classes such as programming, computer architecture and information security.