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Mobile Application Development (Certificate)

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The Mobile Application Development graduate certificate is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Current software and web developers need to update their mobile app design skills to meet the growing demand in the marketplace, and a graduate certificate will help expand skills and provide credentials needed to be competitive in the field.

The high level of applied knowledge pertaining to mobile app design and development will help launch a career as a mobile app developer, or advance your career in your current position. Students will learn best practices in browser-based and packaged apps, 3rd party native extensions and plugins, distribution to app stores, and cross-platform application development. In addition to the native and web standards-based application development techniques, students can expand technical skills in technologies and frameworks such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, and Apache® Flex.

Students at University College gain a strategic business perspective and problem−solving skills that will help them thrive in any organization. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Information and Communications Technology.

Information and Communications Technology Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Characterize the critical relationship between business needs and ICT solutions
  • Assess current and emerging technologies in such areas as mobile applications, wireless networks, and cloud computing
  • Convert the strategic application of technology and global resources into competitive advantage in global markets
  • Specify an enterprise architecture, including hardware, software, databases, and communications networks and protocols
  • Identify best practices in information assurance
  • Evaluate, select, and apply software design, development and quality assurance methodologies that incorporate software development, acquisition, and re-use
  • Identify the operational and economic impact of system architecture and software applications in areas such as computer processing, data communications, network design, and software maintenance and support
  • Apply best project management practices
  • Lead and coach others in the development of systems and software components
  • Communicate effectively with technical peers, management, customers, and end-users

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Required Courses

The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Mobile Application Development requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Further Study - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.

Additional Further Study courses available, please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses

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Careers in Mobile Application Development Certificate

Mobile App Developer, Application Specialist, Development Lead, Mobile UI/UX Designer, Mobile Software Developer, Programmer.

Object-oriented programming, development, design, management, idea generation, usability design, database management, security.

Mobile Application Developer was named “Best Computer Job for the Future” by, which anticipates a 32% ten-year growth (that’s 292,000 new jobs through 2020). In 2012 alone, the projected job growth for Mobile App Developers was expected to hit 131%, according to CBS News. In Colorado, there are more than 8,000 jobs making up the app economy, with a statewide economic impact of $429 million, according to a study by the wireless trade group CTIA. As an experienced developer, you can prepare to meet this rapidly growing demand for mobile skills in hands-on courses taught by experts and applying the most current technologies for mobile application development.

Careers In Information and Communications Technology

YOU are in high demand!
One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the US, computer scientist and database administrator job openings are expected to grow 53% in the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the ICT career outlook is incredibly positive, with a 28% employment increase expected within the field. Whether you choose a career at a government agency, large corporation, or small organization, ICT professionals are in high demand—particularly if you have job experience and relevant education in information and communication technology under your belt.

ICT makes the grade.
The best jobs are in IT, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Information Technology Manager to Database Administrator, Software Developer to Web Developer, these jobs crack the top 10 careers on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 best jobs, as there is an explosive demand in the IT field. A master's degree is preferred for most positions, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also predicts that a focus on mobile application development will help professionals beat the competition.

Where are they now?
Alumni from University College who graduated with a master's degree in information and communication technology hold job titles such as Systems Administrator, Project Manager, Network Engineer, Managing Consultant, Network Architect, Lead IT Analyst, Data Engineer, and CEO in companies and organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, Ironware Technologies, iBoss Security, PayPal, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Vanguard Communication, CenturyLink, Advanced Program Group, Level 3, Verizon Wireless, IBM, IntelliDyne, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Time Warner, Harland Financial Solutions, and the United States Air Force.

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