Distributed Computing Graduate Badge
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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.
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Completion of a Bachelor's degree, and evidence of object-oriented programming skill is required for admission. You must submit an official transcript from your baccalaureate degree granting institution. To start your application, click here.
For current GVSU students:
- Declare your badge via myBanner. Login to Banner Self-Service, click on Student, Student Records, Add a Certificate or Badge to your Program, Select the appropriate badge from the drop down list, and click Submit.
- Speak with the appropriate badge coordinator to ensure criteria are being met. You will be able to track your progress toward the badge in myPath as well!
- Once you are done with the requirements, apply to receive the badge via myBanner.
- Once the completion of your badge has been verified, the badge will be posted to your student record and will be viewable on your transcript. In addition, your digital badge will be posted on Credly.com.
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.
- CIS 654 - Computer Networking
- CIS 656 - Distributed Systems
- CIS 658 - Web Architectures
For More InformationSchool of Computing
Dr. Robert Adams, Ph.D.
C-2-100 Mackinac Hall