Software Design and Programming (Master's)
In this master's concentration, you will learn the design and programming skills needed to develop web-based applications. You will gain hands-on experience in Object-Oriented methods and programming, using such languages as Java, C#, PHP and Ruby, and working with such frameworks as J2EE, .NET and Ruby on Rails. And, you will understand how the fundamental client-side and server-side constructs apply, whether in traditional client-server or modern cloud-based architectures. You’ll learn how to:
- Design software using best practices in security, Software Quality Assurance, and the Unified Software Development Process
- Generate program code in languages such as C#, Java, Python, and PHP
- Create database programming and queries
- Analyze the concepts of object-oriented methods and programming
- Compare and contrast the features and benefits of IDEs such as Eclipse, NetBeans, and Visual Studio
- Assess appropriate implementations of frameworks such as J2EE, .NET, and Ruby on Rails
With the right technical skills, combined with a strategic perspective regarding critical business needs, you'll be prepared to meet current industry demands, and positioned to meet the demands of tomorrow.
MS in Information And Communications Technology with a concentration in Software Design and Programming requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 16 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- ICT 4000 - ICT Business Foundations
- ICT 4005 - ICT Technical Foundations
- ICT 4010 - Enterprise Architecture
- ICT 4901 - Capstone Project
- ICT 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- ICT 4903 - Applied Capstone Seminar
- ICT 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
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.
- ICT 4300 - Web Enabled Information Systems
- ICT 4305 - Object-Oriented Methods
- ICT 4310 - Client-Server Applications
- ICT 4315 - Object-Oriented Programming
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Information And Communications Technology programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Information And Communications Technology programs include:
- ICT 4100 - Principles of Project Management
- ICT 4351 - .NET Programming with C#
- ICT 4361 - Java Programming
- ICT 4370 - Python Programming
- ICT 4400 - Database Administration
- ICT 4405 - Database Design & Programming
- ICT 4505 - Website Design and Management
- ICT 4510 - Advanced Website Design and Management
- ICT 4515 - Usability Design For Websites
- ICT 4520 - User Experience: A Human-Centered Approach to Product Design
- ICT 4540 - XML & Data in Application Development
- ICT 4555 - Introduction to Animate CC
- ICT 4561 - Web Development with PHP
- ICT 4576 - Native Application Development on Mobile Devices
- ICT 4580 - Mobile Application Development with Web Standards
- ICT 4585 - Web Development with Ruby on Rails
- ICT 4605 - Principles of Information Security
- ICT 4680 - Principles of Cryptography
- ICT 4695 - Application Security
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Careers in Software Design and Programming
Programmer, Senior Software Design Engineer, Programming Manager, Software Integrator, Software Design Architect, Software Developer, Programming Specialist, Software Development Manager, Software Consultant, Programming Writer.
Development, programming, design, management, technical operations, research, analysis, data modeling, data architecture, design mapping.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, demand for software developers is expected to grow at a rate of 17% through 2024 as industry leaders anticipate an explosive demand for software developers. U.S. News & World Report ranks software developer #2 in “Best Technology Jobs.” The healthcare industry may see an increased demand for software developers as well, as insurance and reinsurance carriers will need innovative software to manage new healthcare policy enrollments and administer existing policies.
Careers In Information and Communications Technology
YOU are in high demand!
YOU are in high demand! One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the U.S., computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12% through 2024. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information technology professionals was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage of $36,200 for all occupations. 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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