About this Specialization

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The Cloud Computing Specialization takes you on a tour through cloud computing systems. We start in in the middle layer with Cloud Computing Concepts covering core distributed systems concepts used inside clouds, move to the upper layer of Cloud Applications and finally to the lower layer of Cloud Networking. We conclude with a project that allows you to apply the skills you've learned throughout the courses. The first four courses in this Specialization form the lecture component of courses in our online Master of Computer Science Degree in Data Science. You can apply to the degree program either before or after you begin the Specialization.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 8 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Korean
Learner Career Outcomes
67%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 8 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Korean

There are 6 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Cloud Computing Concepts, Part 1

4.4
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901 ratings
223 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Cloud Computing Concepts: Part 2

4.6
stars
290 ratings
60 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Cloud Computing Applications, Part 1: Cloud Systems and Infrastructure

4.2
stars
609 ratings
136 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Cloud Computing Applications, Part 2: Big Data and Applications in the Cloud

4.3
stars
285 ratings
44 reviews

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This specialization is part of the 100% online Master in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary widely based on your schedule. Most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 4-5 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

  • Basic working knowledge of computers and computer systems

    Familiarity with common programming languages (e.g., C, C++, Java)

  • It is recommended that the courses in the Specialization be taken in the order outlined. In the Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning in all the courses and apply your combined skills in a final project.

  • MCS courses in Coursera do not carry University of Illinois credit on their own. Each course has an enhanced for-credit component. You can earn academic credit if you combine an MCS Coursera course with the enhanced for-credit component offered on the University of Illinois platform. Some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • There will be hands-on laboratory experiments (Load Balancing and Web Services, MapReduce, Hive, Storm, and Mahout). Case studies will be drawn from Yahoo, Google, Twitter, Facebook, data mining, analytics, and machine learning. We will also explore current practice by talking to leading industry experts, as well as looking into interesting new research that might shape the cloud network’s future.

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