Launch Your Computer Programming Career

Earn Your Software Application Development Associate’s Degree or Certificate

Our Software Application Development program was designed to help you start your career as a computer software programming professional. Your curriculum includes software design, Java® programming, and application development for handheld devices, including smartphones and mobile media players.

Available completely online, this program offers the flexibility to allow you to continue working in your field, ensuring that as you advance your career, you’ll be getting a degree that fits into your life and your budget. And when you’re ready to advance your education, you can seamlessly transfer your Associate’s degree to complete your Bachelor’s in Computer Science in as few as 18 months.¹

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate 12 Months
Associate's 18 Months

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Gain In-Field Programming Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful computer programming career across a wide range of professional opportunities. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant programming skills employers seek, including:

Program highlights include:

  • Technical Skill Development

    With a focus on the practical side of software development, you gain the technical skills required to fast-track your career.

  • Modern Programming Languages

    Understand modern programming languages that are in high-demand through the industry, such as Java and C++.

  • Problem Solving

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

  • Professional Portfolio

    Our curriculum provides many opportunities for hands-on projects, such as developing mobile and desktop apps, so you’ll be able to create a professional portfolio of your work.

Prepare for Industry Certifications

To help enhance your professional resume and broaden your opportunities, you can prepare 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 Achieve Career Success

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

  • Best Buy
  • Citrix
  • Eaton
  • Microsoft
  • Target Corporation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Robert Half Technology
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Xerox

115 Years of Successful Graduates

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

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

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At Rasmussen College, it is important to us that we provide transparent, up-to-date salary estimates for all our degree programs as reported by our graduates. However, there is insufficient data available for this particular degree program at this time. Please check back, as we are working diligently to publish the updated salary information.

Program Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Technology vary depending on the program. We do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores and your GPA does not affect acceptance. However, every applicant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Computer Software Programmer?

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 2022)
Software Developers, Applications$56,310$73,730$95,51023%
Computer Programmers$44,140$59,200$77,5508%

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.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/

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At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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