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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 six 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.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required to earn your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology—Software Development.
The program requires a total of 123 Competency Units (CUs), which are WGU credit equivalents. Many students who begin their program have some IT experience, and students who have taken college courses or received a degree from another university may be able to transfer credits, significantly shortening the time to graduation. A personal evaluation of your transcripts from prior colleges will be needed to determine whether you will be able to clear any degree requirements.
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Some of These General Education Assessments May Be Cleared through Transfer Credit
This program incorporates several 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):
Note: Your IT certifications may waive some degree requirements. Click here to see which IT certifications may transfer to WGU.
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology—Software Development program also requires the successful completion of a capstone project. Your capstone project is something to be proud of – it's the culmination of all your hard work. Your final project allows you to take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business. Go ahead; show everyone what you can do!
WGU is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.
Online learning is not easy.
You should expect to work hard and spend 15 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around.
The average time it takes to complete the online degree program at WGU is between two and three years, significantly less than at other online schools. That said, the amount of time it takes to complete your degree is truly up to you!
What’s more, if you possess an associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S.) in Information Technology from a regionally accredited school, you should be able to clear your liberal arts requirements as well as the lower-level information technology assessment requirements. Combine that with WGU’s competency-based method, which allows you to advance with the skills and knowledge you already have, and you may be able to finish in even less time.
If you've taken courses or received a degree from another college or university, you may be able to clear some of these requirements through transfer credit.
Ultimately, the pace at which you complete your online IT program depends on how rapidly you pass assessments.
It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.
"Employers in the information technology field increasingly are looking for students that not only have a degree but certain certifications in the technologies that are really driving the industry forward."
Executive Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft
WGU was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.
In WGU’s online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.
We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven’t increased tuition since 2008. And because we charge tuition at a flat rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.
You’ll pay the same low tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree.
For this program, a full-time course load is 12 competency units per term. Because we allow you to complete extra courses at no extra cost, you may be able to increase the value of your program by dedicating extra time to your studies.
The Information Technology—Software Development online degree program at WGU is designed to be affordable for hard-working adults with bills to pay.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
WGU’s Information Technology—Software Development degree program is typically about half the cost of other equally reputable IT programs. Other schools charge as much as $400 per credit, which can ultimately cost between $30,000 and $60,000 for your degree. WGU is different. You’ll save thousands with our affordable, flat-rate tuition and an online learning model that won’t require you to buy expensive textbooks. In fact, you can earn your bachelor’s degree from WGU for as little as $11,560.
*$490/credit cost based on an average of $395 per credit for lower-division courses and $585 for upper-division courses.
*Note: This chart is for illustration only and reflects the tuition information made public by other institutions and WGU’s standard tuition of $2,890 per term as of February 1, 2015. Tuition for the MBA and nursing programs is higher at $3,250 per term. Actual rates will vary depending on the number of terms needed to complete the program. Check the website for the most current tuition information.
WGU’s financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.
Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.
Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.
An online IT degree from WGU tells employers that you're serious about success.
Take the next step into a prosperous future.
Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:
100% of IT employers rated WGU grads as very good or excellent.
of employers rate the performance of WGU grads as excellent.
of employers said they would not hesitate to hire another WGU graduate.
of employers agreed that WGU graduates meet or exceed their expectations.
of employers rated WGU grads as equal to or above other employees who graduated from other colleges or universities.
of employers consider WGU graduates strongly prepared for their jobs.
You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.
"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace."
James Dye, WGU Alumnus
In the B.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies degree program at WGU, students advance through each course by mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure knowledge and skills in each subject area.
These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn Competency Units (CUs), or credit equivalents.
WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.
Enrollment is easy. View our Enrollment Checklist for the seven easy steps to getting started.
To be admitted into this online IT degree, you must:
You may also be required to take and pass the WGU Readiness Assessment — a short, multi-part online admissions test that helps determine the likelihood of success in a WGU program. Applicants who possess one of the IT certifications that WGU recognizes for competency credit will have this requirement waived.
See more about College of Information Technology admission requirements
You'll be on your way to a successful career. A world of opportunity awaits.
As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our main concern. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, and other non-academic programs.
Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an
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