Master's Concentration

Software Design and Programming

Design, program, and develop effective web-based applications and software using best practices in security and quality assurance. Whether working in a traditional client-server architecture or more contemporary cloud-based architecture, you'll learn how the fundamental client-side and server-side constructs apply. Build skills in generating program code, creating database queries, and comparing integrated development environments.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 15
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Master's Degree
Tuition
$35,040
Time
As few as 18 months
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Top 100 University

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Skills You'll Learn


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


Compare and contrast the features and benefits of IDEs such as Eclipse, NetBeans, and Visual Studio

Curriculum

Master of Science in Information and Communications Technology with a concentration in Software Design and Programming requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

4
Core Courses
4
Concentration Courses
4
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.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

Time to Completion
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Year 2 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
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Take a Course Before You Apply


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 Developers Salary: National Average

$101,790
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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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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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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