Schools for Aspiring SQL Developers: How to Choose

SQL is a query language used for database management systems. SQL developers create informational databases, as well as applications that process the data. To learn more about training programs in SQL and where to find them, keep reading.

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Several colleges and universities offer short certificate programs that specifically cover beginning and advanced SQL development technologies. In addition, associate and bachelor's degree programs offer SQL training under a broader education program in areas such as computer science, network security and systems administration.

10 Schools with Programs that include SQL Courses

A list of schools that offer programs in SQL and computer sciences:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition Info (2015-2016)*
Bellevue University Bellevue, NE 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $7,050
DePaul University Chicago, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Undergraduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate, Bachelor's and Master's Undergraduate Certificate: $2,825; Graduate Certificate: $3,150; Undergraduate: $36,361; Graduate: $17,504
Grand View University Des Moines, IA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $24,614
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state: $6,784; Out-of-state: $20,182
Montgomery College Rockville, MD 2-year, Public Associate's In-district: $4,728; In-state: $9,156; Out-of-state: $12,432
Pensacola State College Pensacola, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's In-state: $2,704; Out-of-state: $10,875
Coleman University San Diego, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's $20,725
Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $15,952
Dakota State University Madison, SD 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state: $7,974; Out-of-state: $10,556
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 4-year, Public Associate's and Bachelor's In-state: $10,970; Out-of-state: $17,562

Sources:*National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and Schools Websites

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when choosing a SQL program:

  • Review the curricula of the programs you are interested in before enrolling. Students passionate about database development and administration may find continuing education classes and short certificate programs that provide advanced and detailed instruction.
  • Online options are available. Some computer science degree or programming certificate programs offer fully or partly online coursework in SQL development, as well as practical applications for the language.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs in SQL development train beginners and seasoned IT professionals in administration and relational database creation using SQL. The program can often be completed within one year. Students learn to create data repositories for access by multiple databases, as well as formulate complex queries for data retrieval through a user interface. Some programs offer sufficient instruction for optional technical certification through Oracle or Microsoft.

Associate Degree Programs

Some associate degree programs in computer programming offer specific courses in database and SQL design. Prospective students seeking a hands-on learning environment can find lab-based classes that teach several development languages that are interrelated with SQL databases.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Majors with SQL training may include computer science, software engineering or information systems. Those enrolled in a 4-year program can benefit from advanced courses in SQL related to Web programming or database security. Some programs offer students the opportunity to gain practical experience through an internship program, apply work experience toward class credit or participate in comprehensive projects.

Individuals interested in learning SQL have the option of earning a certificate or associate's degree through a specialized SQL program or a bachelor's or master's degree in computer science where SQL will be covered. So individuals should consider career goals and their commit to a program before deciding on a school that is best for them.

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