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Software Development

Online Bachelor's Degree Specialization in Software Design and Programming

Learn to Build Software and Apps

Today’s tech-infused world is constantly evolving, and a vital part of that process is software development. An online Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Software Design and Programming from DeVry University will take you deep into the world of software development so you can learn about the design and creation of new applications and software packages. Our program is anchored with Tech Core. The Tech Core curriculum is designed to teach you relevant skills in operating systems, programming, hardware, connectivity and security.

Get to Know Our Software Design and Programming Degree Specialization

Our online Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Software Design and Programming will help you develop the skills needed to build and maintain software products that align with customer design specifications. A knowledge of multiple programming languages is essential in this field. Our experienced professors will teach you methods for building and testing in a variety of operating systems. You’ll also learn about web architecture and database structures to work with local and online data within software applications.

Choose to specialize in Software Design and Programming when you earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development.

  • Join a fast-growing profession

    The future looks bright, too. Employment of software developers is projected, on a national level, to grow 25% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.1

  • Explore the Internet of Things

    Build relevant IoT systems using cloud-based technologies designed to give you hands-on experience – even at home – using software, security technologies and other tools.

  • Receive a complimentary laptop

    As part of our investment in you and your software development program, you will receive a complimentary laptop as a new student.

  • 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+.

  • Stack credits

    Apply qualifying certificate credits or associate degree credits from DeVry to save time and money in earning your bachelor’s degree from DeVry. Also, all courses in DeVry’s Information Technology & Networking Associate degree are embedded within this program, so you can earn an associate degree on the way to your bachelor’s degree.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
Why DeVry?

Why Study Software Design and Programming at DeVry

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program2. 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.

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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*.

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

*Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in 12-18 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 12-18 credit hours per semester.

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

DeVry’s Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Software Design and Programming is designed to help you develop the skills needed to build and maintain software products. You’ll learn the methods used to build software, the types of programming languages required for various applications, and how software packages are tested. Specifically, this program covers the following:

  • Communicate Methods and Findings
    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
  • Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • Complex Problem Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Data Analysis
    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis. Find out how data analysis can be used to make more efficient databases.
  • Digital Literacy
    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
  • Applications and Algorithms
    Learn the principles and concepts of developing programs and algorithms that support typical business processing activities and needs such as transaction processing, report generation and solving algorithmic problems.
  • Advanced Strategies for Software Development
    Explore best practices in the implementation phase of the software development life cycle (SDLC). Using UML/OOAD, learn to program, test and implement a product that meets approved specifications.
  • Information Security and Mobile Devices
    Focus on protecting information on mobile devices, types of mobile devices, risks, encryption, information at rest and in motion, attack scenarios and defense-in-depth controls.
  • Mobile Device Programming
    Understand and apply mobile operating systems programming Explore the Android and the iOS operating systems with the goal of creating an application Study menu systems, user interfaces, 2D graphics, and audio.
  • Advanced Programming Techniques for App Development
    Study programming language concepts and design principles of programming paradigms as related to mobile operating systems for application development.
Embedded Programs

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Ready to earn two additional credentials with our unique3-in-1 design? Courses in our Programming Essentials certificate program and Information Technology and Networking associate degree are embedded within our online Software Development program. Allowing you to 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’re here to help you make the most of your education and advance your career. Earn an online Bachelor’s Degree with a Specialization in Software Design and Programming and be prepared to take certification exams including:

  • CompTIA A+

  • CompTIA Linux+

  • CompTIA Network+

  • CompTIA Cloud+


Career Opportunities in Software Design and Programming Specialization

Graduates from DeVry’s online Software Development program with a Software Design and Programming specialization may consider entry level opportunities in positions, such as:
  • Scientific Software Programmer

  • Software Application Developer

  • Software Developer and Programmer

  • Software Programmer and Analyst

  • Software Systems Developer

  • Web Developer and Programmer

Program Courses

Software Design and Programming 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
Software Design and Programming
Software Engineering I
Introduction to Mobile Device Programming
Software Engineering II
Programming Languages and Advanced Techniques
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 Cybersecurity and Networking, 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.