2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Cloud Computing

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Cloud Computing, Certificate Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose the Cloud Computing Certificate?

Ferris State University's Information Security and Intelligence (ISIN) program is nationally recognized for preparing students for successful careers in the cybersecurity industry. The Information Security and Intelligence program is the only Cyber Security program in Michigan that is ABET accredited in cybersecurity, and is currently the only Cyber Security program in the United States that is ABET accredited to be delivered online.   

The ISIN program is in a unique position to offer cloud computing courses by leveraging their AWS Academy partnership and designation as well as faculty accreditation and certifications in cloud computing and cybersecurity. The Cloud Computing certificate can be completed independent of the ISIN program or as part of the ISIN Bachelor of Science degree. The Cloud Computing certificate is a foundational certificate with 100 and 200 level courses in cybersecurity, networking, and cloud computing. The certificate is designed for traditional college students, non-traditional college students, and high school dual enrollment students. 

The Cloud Computing certificate is designed to prepare students for upper level course work in cybersecurity, a transition to cybersecurity and cloud computing job responsibilities, or perhaps an entry-level position.

Career Opportunities

The demand for cloud computing and cybersecurity skills continues to be very high. Forbes magazine ranked cloud computer skills 4 out of the top 5 and cybersecurity 3 out of the top 13 (Columbus, 2018). The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% faster than average job outlook through 2026 for Information Security Analysts (Information Security Analyst, 2018). In another article, Forbes quotes the IDC that “almost half of IT spending will be cloud-based in 2018, reaching 60% of all IT infrastructure and 60-70% of all software, services and technology spending by 2020.” (Ashok, 2018).  Organizations, both public and private sector, seek movement to the cloud to decrease their infrastructure expense while leveraging other benefits such as improved reliability and flexibility that cloud computing can offer.


For More Information

Accountancy, Finance, & Info Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  The next accreditation review is February 2028.

Required Courses
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