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The Web Design and Development master's degree concentration 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. The program provides an in-depth knowledge of web design and web development through hands-on instruction from professional practitioners who work in the field they teach.

Move beyond first generation HTML-based web pages and learn to create interactive, state-of-the-art, web-based applications that support the demands of contemporary e-business processes. Gain a rich understanding of client-side and server-side development through detailed instruction and real-world development scenarios. Create interactive web applications using programming languages and frameworks such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP and Ruby on Rails, and apply usability best practices to improve the user experience on multi-channel devices.

The master's degree concentration in Web Design and Development will prepare graduates for careers such as webmaster, web designer, web programmer, or web developer/architect. Customize your Information and Communications Technology master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

Information and Communications Technology Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Assess current and emerging technologies in such areas as mobile applications, wireless networks, and cloud computing
  • Define an enterprise architecture including hardware, software, databases, and communications networks and protocols
  • Evaluate, select, and apply software design and development methodologies that incorporate software development, acquisition, and/or 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
  • Apply good design processes and methods to develop production-quality systems
  • Plan and evaluate, select, and apply appropriate systems and software quality assurance methods and tools
  • Lead and coach others in the development of systems and software components
  • Communicate effectively with technical peers, management, customers, and end-users
  • Identify best practices in information assurance

Required Courses

MAS in Information And Communications Technology with a concentration in Web Design and Development requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs

Professional Foundations 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.


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 - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

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.


Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.


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Careers in Web Design and Development

Titles
Lead Web Developer, Systems Administrator, Senior Flash Developer, Configuration Manager, Designer/Developer, Webmaster, Technical Architect, Web Programmer.

Duties
Develop and execute websites, architect code, manage content systems, maintain current websites, research, collaboration, design, scriptwriting, database maintenance, lead, administer.

Outlook
Named the #9 best job of 2013 by U.S. News & World Report, web developers will be in high demand. An employment growth rate of 21.7% for web developers through 2020 is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During that time, about 65,000 jobs will need to be filled. Advanced web skills, from the technical know-how needed to be a developer to the artistic eye essential for web design, will continue to be a priority for web design and development professionals across sectors.

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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