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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
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate


6 Course Certificate


Evening or Online


As few as 6 months

As few as 12 months

Our Information Technology (IT) Graduate Certificate programs are in the process of becoming eligible for Federal student aid. While we expect the Department of Education to approve aid eligibility soon, at this time Federal financial aid is not currently available for IT certificate programs.

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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Assess the role of frameworks in software design and development to lay the groundwork for full-stack development

Design applications using object-oriented methodologies, models, and design patterns

Learn how to develop modern software systems from the desktop to the cloud

Specialized Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Programming requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).


Concentration Courses
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

ICT 4300
Web Enabled Information Systems
ICT 4305
Object-Oriented Methods and Programming I
ICT 4310
Distributed Computing
ICT 4315
Object-Oriented Methods and Programming II

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



Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

ICT 4300
Web Enabled Information Systems
ICT 4305
Object-Oriented Methods and Programming I
ICT 4310
Distributed Computing
ICT 4315
Object-Oriented Methods and Programming II

Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Information and Communications Technology program include:

ICT 4000 ICT Business Essentials for Technology Leaders
ICT 4005 ICT Technical Essentials
ICT 4007 Creative Problem Solving and Programming Concepts 
GIS 4080 Python Programming in GIS
ICT 4100 Principles of Project Management
GIS 4101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ICT 4200 Cybersecurity Foundations
COMM 4306 UX Strategies and Methods
ICT 4351 .NET Programming with C#
ICT 4361 Java Programming
ICT 4370 Python Programming
ICT 4375 Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Web3 Foundations
ICT 4390 iOS Application Development
ICT 4400 Database Administration
ICT 4405 Database Design and Implementation
ICT 4505 Website Design and Management
ICT 4510 Advanced Website Design and Management
ICT 4515 Usability Design For Websites
ICT 4540 Data in Web Application Development
ICT 4570 Web Scripting with JavaScript
ICT 4580
Cross-Platform Mobile Application Development
ICT 4605 Principles of Information Security
ICT 4680 Principles of Cryptography
ICT 4695 Application Security
ICT 4985 Industry Innovation Project

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.

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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.

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6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
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6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

Interested in a master’s degree?

Explore our Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Software Design and Programming.

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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 22% through 2030, 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

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

Software Developers Salary: National Average


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“That master’s degree had been on my bucket list for more than 20 years and I just started thinking now’s the time, I’m not going to procrastinate anymore!” —Carolyn Hinkley, graduate.

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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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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Timothy Bradsby

Portfolio Manager,
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

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Don Halloran

Founder & CEO,
Waypoint Group

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Mark Merkow

Senior Security Engineer,
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

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Darl Kuhn

Solutions Architect,

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Nathan Braun

Educational Consultant & Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver, University College

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Mike Prasad

State of Colorado

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Glenn Ware

Director Corporate Systems,
Xcel Energy

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Amber Cardillo

Sr. Director Americas Telco,


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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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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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