Cloud Back-End Development Certificate Program - Purdue

Become a sought-after Back-End Software Developer with this Purdue University program

  • Learn how to build the back-end of robust and interactive web applications 
  • Strengthen your fundamentals in Java, MongoDB, Kafka, and many more 
  • Master Amazon Web Services' tools like Amazon RDS, Amazon EC2, and AWS Lambda 
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  • 400,000 + Enrolled Learners
  • 433 % Highest Salary Hike
  • 50 % Average Salary Hike

Become a Skilled Back-End Software Developer

If you're a professional looking to become a back-end software developer, this is the program for you. Offered by upGrad in collaboration with Purdue University, this 8-month certificate program has an extensive, industry-validated curriculum that will help you master all tools and programming languages you need to know, including Amazon Web services. 

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  • 350+ Hours of Industry-Relevant Learning 

  • 15+ Live Learning Sessions 

  • 9+ Programming Tools and Languages 

  • 10+ Real-World Projects 

  • 8-Month Program Duration

  • Dedicated Career Assistance 

The upGrad Advantage

International Exposure

Get a unique global perspective through state-of-the-art pedagogy 

Practical Learning Experience

Learn the latest skills from subject matter experts approved by Purdue University 

Student Support Team

Dedicated upGrad buddy to assist with non-technical and non-academic queries 

Q&A Forum

Timely doubt resolution by peers and Teaching Assistants on the Q&A forum 

Expert Feedback

Get personalized feedback on assignments and projects with regular live sessions with experts 

Industry Networking

One-on-one discussions and feedback sessions with industry mentors 

prerequisites for Cloud Back-End Development Certificate Program - Purdue


  • High school diploma or equivalent, Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Hands-on experience in one or more object-oriented programming languages such as C++, Java, Python, etc.
  • Fundamental knowledge of Data Structures and Algorithms (DSA) is required

Who Should Attend This Course

Entry-to-mid-level technical professionals

IT professionals



Tech support professionals

Recent computer science graduates with entry-level coding skills



  • Variables and Data Types 
  • Conditional & Loop 


  • Introduction to Cloud & AWS 
  • SQL and Relational Database Management Systems 
  • Hands-on with NoSQL - MongoDB 
  • Assignment: Databases 


  • Introduction to Backend Architectures 
  • Introduction to Spring Core & Spring Boot 
  • Data Access Layer & Service Layer 
  • REST & Controller Layer 
  • Designing Applications Using Microservices 
  • Discovery and Communication Between Microservices 
  • AOP, Exception Handling and Application Security 
  • Course Project: Hotel Room Booking Application 


  • Web Application Optimization 
  • Microservices Testing 
  • Microservices Debugging and Troubleshooting 
  • Spring Cloud Offerings for Cloud-Native Applications (Optional) 
  • Interview Content: SOLID Design Principles & Patterns (Optional) 
  • System Design 
  • Application Deployment Using Docker 
  • Deploying Containers at Scale Using Kubernetes (Optional) 
  • Application Deployment Using Elastic Beanstalk (Optional) 
  • Introduction to Serverless Architecture & Lambda 
  • Course Project: Application Deployment Using Docker 

In this module, you will build a real-world capstone project.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Cloud Backend Development Program

Expect to carve out a competitive edge for yourself through several industry-grade projects, that will strengthen your understanding of the best-in-class curriculum approved by Purdue.  

By the end of this certificate program, you will be skilled in: 

  • Java 
  • Spring Boot 
  • Cloud 
  • MySQL-Amazon RDS 
  • NoSQL Database-MongoDB 
  • Backend Development
  • Design and Development of Microservices-based web applications (backend) 
  • Testing and debugging 
  • Containerization 

This will enable you to build the backend of a robust & interactive web application. 

Our instructors are top web development professionals with several years of industry experience. Here are a few of our top instructors:

  1. Vishwa Mohan, Software Engineer, LinkedIn 
  2. Siben Nayak, Software Engineer, Intuit
  3. Niranjan Lokanathan, Strategic Cloud Engineer, Google
  4. Abhishek Sawhney, Senior Solutions Architect, vmWare

Cloud Backend Development Certification

This certification program is provided by upGrad and Purdue University, Indiana. 

To apply for this course, you need: 

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (though a bachelor's degree s encouraged).
  • Hands-on experience in one or more object-oriented programming languages such as C++, Java, Python, etc. F 
  • Fundamental knowledge of Data Structures and Algorithms (DSA) 

To apply for the program, you'll need to contact your Learning Advisor who will explain the process in detail. Here's what you should expect: 

1) Complete the application 

Fill out the application with your academic and career details 

2) Take the entrance test 

The entrance test will assess your logical reasoning and programming skills, including variables, functions, booleans, and fizz buzz.

  1. Total questions for the test - 18 
  2. Total time for the test - 45 
  3. Passing criteria - 20 marks 

3) Receive the offer letter and reserve your seat 

Reserve your seat by paying the required amount to enroll in the program. Please contact your Learning Advisor for further details.

You will best benefit from this program by putting in 10 to 15 hours of learning per week.