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Learn programming theory and techniques, database concepts and other skills that prepare you for entry-level positions in high-demand database management fields. This two-year associate’s degree also enables you to transfer to a four-year college.


Workers with training in database administration are in high demand across a wide variety of businesses, industries and services. Pierce graduates have historically posted high employment rates after completing their training program, and it is anticipated this trend will continue well into the future.

For a parallel degree in the healthcare industry, see the Associate and Certificate degrees in Health Information Technology.

Financial aid and scholarships are frequently available to students who qualify. In addition, special funding may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents. Learn more about Workforce funding.


Students who earn an Associate in Database Management and Design from Pierce are prepared for entry-level positions in that field. However, some of the credits included in the associate's degree option are transferable to four-year colleges.

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Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center.

The Database Management and Design degree is offered at the Puyallup campus. Pierce's Database Administration courses are taught primarily in the evenings to accommodate busy schedules. 

Students who seek an Associate in Database Management and Design will learn programming theory and techniques, relational database concepts, data modeling, data and system security and the Structured Query Language. They will gain experience in maintaining and controlling information stored in a database and monitoring and allocating the data storage space available on a computer system.

Full-time students can generally complete the Associate in Database Management and Design in two years. 

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