Certificate

Software Design and Programming

Learn to design and program web-based applications and software. In this certificate program, you’ll 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. Build skills in generating program code, creating database queries, and comparing integrated development environments (IDEs).

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 10
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
6 Course Certificate
Tuition
$16,464
Time
As few as 12 months
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Skills You'll Learn


Design software using best practices in quality assurance


Generate program code in languages such as C#, Java, Python, and PHP


Assess appropriate implementations of frameworks such as J2EE, .NET, and Ruby on Rails

Curriculum

Certificate of Advanced Study in Software Design and Programming requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses)

4
Concentration Courses
2
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Information and Communications Technology program. 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.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please visit our website at http://www.du.edu/learn/certificates/disclosure/ict.html

Sample Schedule

Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program. Note this sample schedule is for the six-course Certificate of Advanced Study.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Classes 3 3 0 0

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We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Software Design and Programming


Job growth for software developers is expected to grow much faster than the national average over the next decade. Growth in the software development field is projected to be around 24% through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The healthcare industry may see a higher demand for software developers as insurance and reinsurance carriers will need innovative software to manage new healthcare policy enrollments and administer existing policies.

Job Titles

Programmer
Senior Software Design Engineer
Programming Manager
Software Integrator
Software Design Architect
Software Developer
Programming Specialist
Software Development Manager

Software Developer Salary: National Average

$79,604
(Glassdoor)

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Accreditation

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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CNSS Accreditation

The curriculum aligns with the Common Body of Knowledge for CISSP certification developed by the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium (ISC)². In addition, the concentration was developed in collaboration with the Colorado Springs and Denver chapters of the Information Security Systems Association (ISSA), and the courses have been mapped to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) standards. The University of Denver has been designated by NSA/DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education.

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Colorado Technology Association

The Colorado Technology Association represents technology leaders, professionals, companies, IT departments, government and legislative leaders, and industry advisors. CTA provides members with community, insight, connections and advocacy. Our industry development work spans public policy to education to leadership.

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Project Management Institute

As a Registered Education Provider, University College has designed it's Project Management courses to parallel the Project Management Institute's (PMI*) "Project Management Body of Knowledge" (PMBOK* Guide).

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Communications Technology Professionals

CTP is a non-profit, communications technology organization that focuses on promoting growth, innovation and leadership of communications companies and individuals in Colorado.

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