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Software Application Development

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 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

Practice software development 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

We applaud your dedication to grow despite your busy lifestyle. Our online learning options are designed to give you more control and balance over your schedule. At the same time, you’ll receive hands-on support from faculty at every stage.

Regional Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Flex Choice®: Get Credit for What You Know

This Associate's degree is available with Flex Choice self-directed assessment offerings, which allows you to blend traditional online courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. Assessments provide more flexibility, and—at $99 per attempt—this is a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice page.

Credentials Offered

Software Application Development

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Flex Choice®

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 Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your software development career 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 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 College 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.3 Here is just one example of where a Software Application Development degree can take you.

Computer Systems Analysts

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $54,360 10th Percentile
    • $68,730 25th Percentile
    • $88,740 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3

    9%

  • 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 College 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 College will provide practice exams and materials when available.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] 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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