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Distributed Computing graduate badge

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The School of Computing now offers eight graduate-level digital badges. A digital badge, or simply "badge," recognizes your completion of a coherent and meaningful academic experience. A badge allows you to promote academic achievements online more effectively and in different venues than with a transcript.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The School of Computing's distributed computing badge (not a degree or certificate) is designed to prepare students in the following areas:

  • Describe how TCP/IP enable the Internet to function.
  • Set up network firewalls.
  • Evaluate different virtualization architectures.
  • Understand issues posed by distributed systems such as clock synchronization, naming, and consistency.
  • Write a web-based application.


Completion of a Bachelor's degree, and evidence of object-oriented programming skill is required for admission.

Why Earn a Digital Badge at Grand Valley?

  • Badges document knowledge, skills, and competencies you've gained through various learning and professional development opportunities.
  • Pursuing a badge, either in continuing education or while completing a degree, can enhance your education.
  • Digital badges can be displayed on social media, websites, and in emails.
  • Completing a badge is an opportunity for you to highlight particularly marketable and desirable skills to potential employers.

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For More Information

School of Computing and Information Systems

Dr. Robert Adams, Ph.D.
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Classes for the program are on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


The distributed computing badge is comprised of three courses (nine credits). Classes are offered on Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Required courses:

  • CIS 654 - Computer Networking
  • CIS 656 - Distributed Systems
  • CIS 658 - Web Architectures