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Software Development

Online Bachelor's Degree Specialization in Big Data and Analytics

Help Drive Business Decisions With Foundational Analytics Skills

Start Making Big Moves in Big Data

Combine your love of software and problem solving, and earn an online Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Big Data and Analytics from DeVry University. You’ll develop skills that address the complexity of examining large and varied data sets, and that you can put to work uncovering hidden patterns in information. Our Big Data and Analytics Specialization is anchored with Tech Core, which is our strategically designed curriculum to help you build the interdisciplinary skills you’ll need for today’s Internet of Things (IoT) economy. Learn online or in our hybrid format, whichever fits your schedule best.

Get To Know Our Big Data and Analytics Degree Specialization

The online Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Big Data and Analytics provides you with a well-rounded mastery of data acquisition, storage, interpretation and management. You’ll understand how data mining, predictive analytics and machine learning tools are applied to help drive quick decision-making in industry. Our knowledgeable professors will also cover data visualization and presentation so you’ll be able to deliver your results and recommendations with confidence.

Choose to specialize in Big Data and Analytics when you earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development.

  • Be part of a career of the future

    Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.1

  • Explore the Internet of Things

    Get hands — on experience — even at home – using software, security technologies and other tools to build relevant IoT systems.

  • Receive a complimentary laptop

    Receive a complimentary laptop as part of your software development program. It’s our way of investing in your education— and you.

  • Earn certification exam reimbursement

    Qualified students can receive up to $300 for the cost of one industry certification exam, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Cloud+.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
Why DeVry?

Why Choose Big Data and Analytics at DeVry

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program.It’s our way of investing in your education — and you.

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

Several of 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+

Other certifications may also be eligible for reimbursement. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.

Questions for our admissions team?
Big Data and Analytics Specialization Program
Minimum Completion Time*
2 year
8 months
Normal Completion Time
4 years


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Bachelor's Degree in as few as 2 year 8 months.1

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 4 years.**


*Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 12 to 18 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks.
**Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 2 semesters and full-time enrollment in 12 to 18 credit hours per semester.

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

Gain big data and analytic software development skills that can help you to examine large and varied data sets, as well as uncover hidden patterns in information. You’ll learn how data mining, predictive analytics and machine learning tools are applied to help drive quick decision-making within organizations. Specifically, DeVry’s Big Data and Analytics Specialization is designed to teach you the following:

  • Communication
    Communicate effectively orally and in writing across environments and platforms.
  • Collaboration
    Work collaboratively in a team environment. Coordinate and share information to achieve a common goal.
  • Problem-Solving
    Use business and management principles to problem-solve a variety of workplace challenges.
  • Digital Literacy
    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
  • Small Enterprise Networks
    Produce, secure, operate and troubleshoot small enterprise networks by gaining an understanding of the underlying technology of networks and the Internet. Learn networking basics such as the OSI and TCP/IP models, protocols, routers, switches, small network configuration, troubleshooting and network security.
  • Digital Devices
    Explore digital concepts, devices and connectivity within the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include networking, securing and deploying digital devices.
  • Programming
    Solve technical problems using an algorithmic approach, basic programming and coding methods.
  • Operating Systems
    Install and configure operating systems using Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Application Development
    Develop applications using skills in analysis, interface design, programming, coding and scripting, as well as database connectivity.
  • Analysis and Design
    Analyze and design software systems.
  • Data Acquisitions
    Learn to acquire, retrieve and store data using database programming in traditional enterprise scenarios, as well as the cloud-based environment.
  • Data Mining and Advanced Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in text and numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis and decision-making in business. Explore contemporary methods to store, retrieve and manipulate data. Learn to mine and analyze extremely large data sets utilizing cloud-based computing and machine learning tools. Use data crawling and data scraping techniques to acquire data online and visualization tools to interpret results and communicate predictions.
  • Database Management II
    Learn a variety of database management concepts that apply to personal device and desktop databases as well as large-scale, distributed database servers, including database design, data indexing and storage, and query languages.
Embedded Programs

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Looking to obtain two additional credentials with our Software Development degree with a specialization in Big Data? Our unique 3-in-1 design allows all courses in our Programming Essentials certificate program and Information Technology and Networking associate degree are included within this program. So you can earn a certificate and an associate degree on the way to your bachelor's degree.

Credit Hours
Credit Hours
Credit Hours

Prepare for Industry Certifications

At DeVry, we want to help you make the most of your education and advance your career. Earn an online Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Big Data and Analytics and prepare to take certification exams including:

  • CompTIA A+

  • CompTIA Linux+

  • CompTIA Network+

  • CompTIA Cloud+


Career Opportunities in Big Data Analytics

Graduates from DeVry’s online Software Development program with a Big Data and Analytics specialization may consider entry level opportunities in positions, such as:
  • Data Analyst

  • Database Developer

  • Data Modeler

  • Business Intelligence Analyst

  • Database Manager

  • Data Warehouse Manager

  • Big Data Engineer

  • Database Administrator

Program Courses

Big Data and Analytics Courses

General Education Courses
Communication Skills
Advanced Composition
Technical Writing

+ Choose one below:

Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication
Technology, Society, and Culture

+ Choose one below:

Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Social Sciences
Principles of Economics
Culture and Society

+ Choose one below:

Environmental Sociology
Cultural Diversity in the Professions
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Algebra for College Students
Discrete Math in Information Technology
Applied Physics With Lab
Data-Driven Decision-Making
Personal and Professional Development
Career Development
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Tech Core Courses
Tech Core
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Digital Devices
Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Fundamentals of Information Systems Security
Program Courses
Information Systems and Programming
Programming Objects
Intermediate Programming
Database Systems and Programming Fundamentals
Data Structures and Algorithms
Business Application Programming With Lab
Analysis and Design
Introduction to Business Analytics
AI-Driven Business Application Coding
Applied AI for Management and Technology
Career Preparation
Introduction to Technical Project Management
Preparation for the Profession
Project Management
Senior Project
Specialized Courses
Big Data and Analytics
Managerial Applications of Business Analytics
Database Management
Data Mining and Analytics
Data Interpretation and Statistical Analysis
Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

1 Growth projected on a national level. Local growth may vary. BLS projections are not specific to DeVry University students or graduates and may include earners at all stages of their career and not just entry level.
As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Associate in Network Systems Administration, Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s in Software Development, Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s in Network and Communications Management and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.
3Students who complete CARD415 instead of CARD405 apply CARD415 to fulfill this requirement.  

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.