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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 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Evening or Online
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Time
As few as 18 months

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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
Generate software code in languages such as Java, Python, C#, JavaScript, and PHP using current integrated development environments

Curriculum

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

4

Core Courses

4

Concentration
Courses

4

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development,
and future direction of the industry. These courses
provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout
your concentration and elective courses. The capstone
serves as the culminating academic experience in
which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field
of study.

ICT 4000 Business Essentials for Technology Leaders
ICT 4001 Technology Leadership
ICT 4005 Technical Essentials
And choose one of the following:
 
ICT 4901 Capstone Project
OR  
ICT 4902 Capstone Seminar
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 Technology program include:

ICT 4007 Creative Problem Solving and Programming Concepts
ICT 4010 Enterprise Architecture
ICT 4100 Principles of Project Management
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
ICT4605 Principles of Information Security
ICT 4680 Principles of Cryptography
ICT 4695 Application Security
ICT 4985 Industry Innovation Project

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs. Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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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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Cybersecurity Foundations in Application Security

Badge Requirements

Complete the following two courses with a grade of A− or above:

ICT 4200 Cybersecurity Foundations
ICT 4695 Application Security

Cybersecurity Foundations in Database Security

Badge Requirements

Complete the following two courses with a grade of A− or above:

ICT 4200 Cybersecurity Foundations
ICT 4430 Database Security

Cybersecurity Foundations in Healthcare

Badge Requirements

Complete the following two courses with a grade of A− or above:

ICT 4200 Cybersecurity Foundations
HINF 4335 Healthcare Cybersecurity

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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

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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“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

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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,
RMCI


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Nathan Braun

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

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Mike Prasad

Architect/Engineer,
State of Colorado


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Glenn Ware

Director Corporate Systems,
Xcel Energy


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Amber Cardillo

Sr. Director Americas Telco,
VMWare


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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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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