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WGU Launches Online Bachelor’s Degree Program in Software Development, 3/25/14

Competency-based university offers in-depth program to help meet demand for highly qualified designers of mobile apps and software

SALT LAKE CITY — Online, nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, has introduced a new bachelor’s degree program designed for students seeking to build successful careers in application and software design. The B.S. in Software Development program is now accepting new enrollees, who may start their coursework on the first day of any month beginning June 1.

The B.S. in Software Development degree program provides knowledge of software engineering, software development, project management, and mobile application development. With the skills developed through this program, graduates will be prepared for successful careers in the quickly growing field of mobile application development and building data-centric applications. As students progress through the program, they will not only be earning their degrees—coursework also includes completion of the following industry certifications at no extra charge to the student:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer

Like all of WGU’s online, accredited, competency-based degree programs, the B.S. in Software Development program was created for working adults looking to advance their careers in an educational setting that fits with their busy lives. WGU uses technology to facilitate education in ways that work for individual learners, allowing them to study, complete assignments, and take tests on their schedule and at their pace. Competency-based learning allows students to advance through their programs as soon as they’re able to demonstrate mastery of the material—competencies that are defined by academic and industry experts to reflect the latest needs of the marketplace. Because WGU measures learning rather than time spent in class and charges tuition at a flat rate per term regardless of how many courses are completed, professionals with knowledge and skills from work and previous college experience can often move through their programs more quickly, saving both time and money.

Key topics and areas of discussion in the new B.S. in Software Development degree program include:

  • Systems and services
  • Networking and security
  • Scripting and programming
  • Business of IT
  • Operating systems for programmers
  • Software engineering
  • Data structures
  • Data management for programmers
  • Object-oriented design and development
  • Client-server application development
  • Mobile application development

For more information, visit www.wgu.edu/SoftwareDev

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