The Information Systems and Technology department strongly believes in helping students learn by doing. In addition to the Advanced Information Systems Lab and the Cybersecurity Lab, the following resources are used in courses and/or are available to students for developing hands-on, applied skills in various domains.


Amazon Web Services Educate

AWS Educate

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides an array of resources for students. IST students have access to learning resources and free $100 AWS credits through AWS Educate Starter Accounts. They also have the ability to complete cloud computing learning pathways and earn badges along the way, and showcase their skills and achievements to prospective employers.

To get started (first time registration):

  1. Visit
  2. Click on "Join AWS Educate"
  3. Choose "Student" 
  4. Then be sure to select "University of Missouri - St. Louis"
  5. Complete your registration. Be sure to use your UMSL email address during sign-up.

Account approval may take a day or two. You'll receive an email confirming approval. You can then redeem your AWS promotional credits (choose AWS Educate Starter accounts), explore learning pathways, and start developing skills.

Note: When you take courses that use AWS, your instructors may provide you with more access and further instructions.





IBM Academic Initiative

Students can obtain free access to learning resources, IBM Cloud Lite, software, and courseware. Visit Registration using UMSL email is required.



GitHub Educate

GitHub Education

GitHub Pro while you're a student and Student Developer Pack

A great collection of tools and resources are included. Create a GitHub account (free) if you don't have one yet.

Note: Instructors in certain courses will provide you with more access and further instructions.





Free access to a variety of Microsoft Software and Azure Dev Tools for Teaching including development tools, servers, machine learning/AI tools, security tools, database tools, etc. This access also includes many learning resources through PluralSight and WintellectNow.

Students can also explore Microsoft Learn resources and learning pathways, earning badges along the way.


(Click sign-in and use the same credentials you use to login to your UMSL email).





NICE Challenge

Learn more about the NICE Challenge Project. It is a great resource to develop hands on skills that map to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

To obtain access email Dr. Shaji Khan (

Note: Instructors for certain cybersecurity courses will provide you with course specific access instructions.




OpenStack Private Cloud

The IST department is proud to offer a fully self-service private cloud environment for IST and Cybersecurity students to create their own lab environments at will. This lab was created with funding from a U.S. Department of Defense grant (# H98230-17-1-0352).

The environment provides students to create lab environments of their own and conduct cybersecurity related labs that are typically not possible in public cloud environments.


(Note: you must first VPN into UMSL and use your instructor provided login information).

For general access, contact Dr. Shaji Khan (




Oracle Academy

UMSL is an Oracle Academy member. IST students have access to a variety of cloud resources, learning resources, and labs.


Note: Your instructors will provide you with access and further instructions.