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Earn Your Software Application Development Associate's Degree Online

Earning an Associate’s degree in Software Development is one way to help get you closer to an in-demand career designing and developing software. You’ll use multiple languages and databases, such as C++, Java, and SQL—and gain skills in Microsoft® Azure, cloud computing, systems integration and principles of user design experience. These skills learned through your online software development degree can help you become a systems analyst, app developer, app analyst or java developer.

Upon graduation, you’ll have a professional portfolio to showcase your work to future employers. You’ll also create a smooth pathway for continuing your software development education. When you want to advance your education, you can transfer your online Software Development credits into our Computer Science Bachelor's degree program.

With Flex Choice®, you can combine traditional courses and self-directed assessments to save money and time while pursuing a degree on a schedule that fits your budget and lifestyle.

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Gain In-Demand Software Application Development Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused online software application development courses and curriculum, you will experience practical applied learning in your courses, which will prepare you for a successful career across a wide range of industries. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant programming skills employers seek, including:

  • Technical Skill Development

    Practice software development skills in project-based courses where you develop mobile and desktop applications to solve real challenges.

  • Multiple Programming Languages

    Learn how to securely code with the most in-demand programming languages and databases, including C++, C#, Java® and SQL databases, and practice applying them hands-on.

  • Problem Solving

    Through hands-on projects, you’ll address business problems and practice developing solutions with technological know-how.

  • Industry Certifications

    Prepare for key industry certifications including Microsoft® Technology Associate (MTA), Oracle® Java SE 5 & 6 and C++ Certified Associate Programmer (CPA).

Prepare for Industry Certifications

As you earn your Associate’s degree in Software Development, you can also enhance your professional resume and broaden your opportunities by preparing to earn certifications from industry leaders. Rasmussen College will reimburse you for up to three exam application fees.*

*Rasmussen College will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available.

Our Grads Work Across Industries

Graduates from our School of Technology programs are working for leading industries, including:*

  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology

117 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

*Industry information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the industries shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities within these industries will be available.

Program Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Technology vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling student to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary and projected job growth for computer science professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2024)
Computer Systems Analysts$51,910$66,340$85,80021%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed August 9, 2016] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed February 25, 2016] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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