Software Application Development

Online Associate's Degree

In as few as 18 months, you can get closer to your goals of pursuing an in-demand career designing, testing and building software by earning an online Associate’s degree in Software Application Development.1 You’ll use multiple languages, databases and software development tools, such as C++, Java and SQL—and gain skills in Microsoft® Azure, cloud computing, systems integration and principles of systems integration.

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  • Prep for Industry Certifications

    As an online Software Development student, you'll develop skills in project-based courses and learn how to securely code with the most in-demand programming languages and databases, including C++, C#, Java® and SQL databases. Through career-focused online software development courses and curriculum, you’ll be given the tools to enhance your professional resume and prepare for certifications from industry leaders, which are highly valued by employers.

  • Online Courses Go Where You Go

    Flexible and affordable, online courses are designed to give you more control and balance over your busy schedule. Learn through live interactive sessions with faculty and peers, real-world projects and virtual labs. You'll receive continued support from admissions advisors, experienced faculty, library and learning resources, experienced tutors, 24/7 tech support, personal students advisors and career services.

  • Institutional Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Self-Directed Assessments

    Save time and money on your Associate's degree with self-directed assessments. These $99 online, interactive assessments allow you to show that you already achieved the skills and knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it. We'll provide prep materials and you can work with a peer tutor to prepare at no additional cost. Learn more about self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit options.

Software Application Development Credentials Offered

Software Application Development

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students looking to acquire new or additional programming skills and pursue a career in software applications. Students interested in starting their portfolio in software and advancing toward a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Data Analytics.

Prepares you for

Computer systems analyst, programmer analyst, applications developer, software developer

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Turn Your Online Software Application Development Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your software developer degree online easier by offering classes and credentials that fit into a busy working schedule. Upon graduation, you’ll have a professional portfolio to showcase your work to future employers. Our cutting-edge online Software Application Development degree program and software developer training will also prepare students to earn in-demand industry certifications, such as Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Java and C++. Rasmussen University will reimburse you for up to three exam application fees.2

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.4 Here is just one example of where an online Software Application Development degree can take you.

Computer Systems Analysts

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $56,510 10th Percentile
    • $72,030 25th Percentile
    • $93,730 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2019–2029:3

    7%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree
  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Rasmussen University will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen University will provide practice exams and materials when available.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 7, 2021] 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.
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2019. Accessed by July 15, 2020. Data is for persons age 25 and older who are full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
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