Software Application Development

Online Associate's Degree

In as few as 18 months, you can get closer to pursuing an in-demand software career 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++, C#, HTML5, Java®5 and SQL—and gain skills in requirements analysis, software design, development and testing, and database programming.

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  • Prep for Industry Certifications

    Through career-focused, online software development courses, you’ll be given the tools to prepare for certifications from industry leaders, including:

    • C++ Institute - C++ Certified Associate Programmer (CPA): C++ Certification
    • Oracle®6 - Database Foundations, 1Z0-006: Oracle Database Foundations
    • Microsoft®7-MTA - Exam 98-375: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
    • Microsoft®7-MTA - Exam 98-361: Software Development Fundamentals

    Plus, Rasmussen University will reimburse you the application fee for each first attempt for up to three certification exams. 2

  • Online Software Development Courses

    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, knowledgeable tutors, 24/7 tech support, personal student 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 $149 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 or web development. 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, web developer, web programmer

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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.

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

Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $65,210 10th Percentile
    • $84,020 25th Percentile
    • $110,140 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:3

    22%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Web Developers and Digital Designers

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $40,750 10th Percentile
    • $55,390 25th Percentile
    • $77,200 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:3

    13%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Associate's Degree

“Rasmussen prepares students to have the foundational skills and hands-on experience needed to begin a career in technology when they graduate.”

Dr. Joel Christensen
Rasmussen School of Technology Faculty

  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 October 6, 2021] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 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, 2020. Accessed on November 8, 2021. 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
  5. Java and JavaScript are trademarks of Oracle® and/or its affiliates.
  6. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle® Corporation.
  7. Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
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