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Web and Mobile 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 web and mobile computing badge (not a degree or certificate) is designed to prepare you in the following areas:

  • Design a stand-alone native mobile application on a modern mobile platform.
  • Develop a web-based applications using a modern web stack.
  • Explain the primary challenges and tradeoffs in designing distributed systems.
  • Specify the requirements for a database application and then implement it using EER modeling, schema design and normalization, SQL/DDL, SQL/DML, stored procedures, and database triggers.
  • Describe details of data communications and computer networks including TCP/IP protocol stack.
  • Analyze security threats to computer networks and how to protect against threats.


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 are offered on Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Format: Face To Face


The web and mobile computing badge is comprised of three courses (9 credits). Classes are offered on Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Required courses:

  • CIS 657 - Mobile Application Development
  • CIS 658 - Web Architetures

and one of:

  • CIS 654 - Computer Networking
  • CIS 656 - Distributed Systems
  • CIS 673 - Principles of Database Design