Online Bachelor's Degree in Software Development

Learn Foundational Software Development Skills for Today’s IoT Economy

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Develop Software That Makes a Difference

Get to Know Our Software Development Bachelor's Degree

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Software Development in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


Software Development Degree Specializations

Why DeVry?

Complimentary Laptop

As a new student, you’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program2. It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

You can take it anywhere, it’s powerful enough to run robust applications, and best of all, you can use it for all of your classes to optimize your DeVry experience.

Work With IoT Technologies & Systems

Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Certification Exam Reimbursement

Our Tech programs are designed with industry-recognized certifications in mind. Qualified students may receive up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of one exam attempt across a wide range of certifications:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Cloud+

Others may be applicable as well. Speak with your professor for more info.

What You'll Learn

The Software Development degree program is built upon our tech-empowered learning approach. This program covers the following:

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    Application Development

    Develop applications using skills in analysis, interface design, programming, coding and scripting, as well as database connectivity.
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    Communicate Methods and Findings

    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
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    Software Systems Analysis and Design

    Develop information system models and design system requirements to identify and solve business problems.
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    Complex Problem Solving

    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
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    Data Analysis

    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis.
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    Web Distributed Systems

    Learn the principles of web architecture and connectivity, including Internet protocols such as transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP); domain name server (DNS); simple mail transfer protocol (smtp), hypertext transfer protocol (http) and file transfer protocol (ftp); and design of an Internet or corporate intranet infrastructure to meet specific needs.
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    Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments

    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
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    Digital Literacy

    Apply appropriate technologies.
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    Product Life Cycle Management

    Understand product lifecycle management as related to software development. Learn to manage the development of software from analysis and design to programming, implementation, testing, deployment and troubleshooting.

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Acquire an additional two credentials with our unique 3-in-1 design. Courses in our Programming Essentials certificate program and Information Technology and Networking associate degree are inserted within our online Software Development degree program. So you can earn a certificate and an associate degree on the way to your bachelor's degree.

Career Opportunities

Software development continues to be a fast-growing field. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in software development are expected to grow 22% through 2029,1 faster than the average for all occupations in the United States.

With an online software development degree, DeVry’s graduates are prepared for careers including:

  • Software Application Developer

  • Software Systems Developer

  • Software Developer – Web Portals & e-Commerce Applications

  • Mobile Device Software Developer

  • Web Program Analyst

  • Software Game Developer

  • Data Analyst

  • Data Architect

Essentials Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL112 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
ENGL216 Technical Writing
SPCH275 Public Speaking


ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
LAS432 Technology, Society and Culture

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS185 Culture and Society
SOCS325 Environmental Sociology

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
MATH234 Discrete Math in Information Technology
PHYS204 Applied Physics with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Tech Core Courses

Tech Core

CEIS101 Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
CEIS114 Introduction to Digital Devices
NETW191 Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285 Fundamentals of Information Security

Program Courses

Information Systems and Programming

CEIS150 Programming with Objects
CEIS209 Intermediate Programming
CEIS236 Database Systems and Programming Fundamentals
CEIS312 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Application Development

CEIS295 Data Structures and Algorithms
CIS321 Structured Analysis and Design
CIS339 Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
CIS355A Business Application Programming with Lab

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology
CEIS499 Preparation for the Profession
MGMT404 Project Management
TECH460 Senior Project

FAQs: Software Development

What specializations are available to take?

Our bachelor’s degree in software development offers three specializations:

Software Design and Programming

Big Data and Analytics

Web and Mobile Application Development

How long will it take for me to complete the software development degree program?

You can earn your Bachelor’s degree in Software Development in 2 years and 8 months or possibly sooner with qualifying transfer credits.*

What's the difference between a software engineer and a software developer?

A software engineer focuses on applying concepts of software engineering as well as, designing, developing and maintenance. A developer designs the software that runs across different computers.

View more Software Development FAQs

Are there software developer certifications or professional associations I should consider?

Industry certifications can help demonstrate to employers your specific skills and depth of knowledge and professional associations can help you stay connected with others in your field for networking and development opportunities.

Learn more about software developer certifications and professional associations.

About Our Faculty

Rick Bird, MCS, MPM

Senior Professor

Rick has been a professor with DeVry University for nearly 30 years and has taught courses ranging from computer applications to management to computer programming. He has earned national awards, including “The PRIDE of DeVry University”. Rick earned a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Devry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management, and a second Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Springfield. Rick is a strong believer in the power of technology and the use of software tools to make employees more productive and businesses more competitive.

Gina Cooper, Ph.D.

Faculty Chair

Gina has been a professor with DeVry University since 1999 and currently serves as faculty chair. She earned a Ph.D. from Wright State University in Computer Science and Engineering with specializations in database, math, and bioinformatics. She presented her bioinformatics research at an IEEE International Bioinformatics Conference in Taiwan and has published scientific papers related to the courses she has developed at computer science education conferences.

Geneviève Sapijaszko, Ph.D., MISM, PEng, SMIEEE


Geneviève has been a professor with DeVry University since 1997 and has taught courses in electrical engineering, electronics, computer programming, web development, networking and more. She earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on artificial intelligence, neural networks and image recognition from the University of Central Florida. Geneviève holds a professional engineering license in the province of Alberta, Canada, is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. In addition to enhancing the student experience in the classroom, Geneviève has served as a mentor to the FIRST Robotics Competition, IEEExtreme competition, and MyWorld (Women in STEM).

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Related Programs

As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate of Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s of Software Development, Bachelor’s of Engineering Technology – Electronics and Bachelor’s of Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.