B.S. in Software Development

Degree Overview

The surge of smart mobile devices has led to a high demand for mobile and data-centric applications and a low supply of qualified developers. The B.S. in Software Development program is designed to meet this growing need while preparing experienced information technology professionals for successful careers as software designers and developers.

Our software application development degree program incorporates several industry-recognized certifications, including the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer—at no additional cost—giving you a competitive advantage in today’s job market.

Already an experienced software developer? WGU’s competency-based learning model allows you to move quickly through what you already know, allowing you to focus on what you still need to learn. Click here to learn more about WGU’s innovative competency-based model.

Who the program is for:

  • Established software developers who need a bachelor’s degree and additional certifications to advance their careers.
  • Experienced IT professionals who seek the training needed to become talented software designers and developers.
  • Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.

What You’ll Learn — Areas of Study:

In this online IT degree program, you’ll acquire essential skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the field. This program includes the following areas of study and completion of a capstone project.

  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • General Education
  • Web Development
  • Data Management
  • Network and Security
  • Networks
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Business of IT
  • Software
  • Leadership and Management
  • Software Applications
  • Technical Writing

Total Program: 124 Competency Units (credit equivalents)
Less: Any competency units waived through transfer of prior college credits.

Note: Your prior college experience and IT certifications may waive some degree requirements. Click here to see what IT certifications may transfer to WGU.

More details about your challenging course of study

View the PDF program guide

What You’ll Earn — IT Certifications:

This program incorporates industry-recognized IT certifications as part of your degree program. You will study for and complete the following certification exams (which are all included in your tuition—a huge cost savings for you):

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

Note: Your IT certifications may waive some degree requirements. Click here to see what IT certifications may transfer to WGU.

WGU is a Microsoft IT Academy Member

As a Microsoft IT Academy program member, WGU is able to offer students a world-class technology curriculum and courseware provided by Microsoft. Many (but not all) of your Microsoft courses will use this rich online learning resource which includes virtual labs that provide hands-on experience with Microsoft software to supplement your learning. The cost of certification exams is included in WGU tuition.

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