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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Software Design and Solutions

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100% online Software Design and Solutions Certificate classes start every 8 weeks.

Quick Facts

How long is the Software Design and Solutions Undergraduate Certificate program?

  • 14 courses
  • 42 minimum credit hours
  • Can be completed in as little as 1 year and 4 months1—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

Online Undergraduate Certificate in Software Design and Solutions – What You Can Learn

This certificate is built around our tech-empowered learning approach, which was created to help you thrive during your academic journey. This program will also teach you:

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Advanced Application and Product Development

Learn the basics of designing and developing extensible, secure, scalable and high-performing applications that can be implemented as well-defined procedures in code to build real-world software solutions.

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Coding, Programming and Database Systems

Understand basic coding and programming methods using an algorithmic approach, with hands-on experience scripting and writing components for an application or program. Work from designing a single component software system to learning to program and manage large data systems.

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Digital Devices and Operating Systems

Explore digital concepts, devices and connectivity within the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include networking, securing and deploying digital devices and installing and configuring operating systems using Command Line Interface (CLI).

Along with the technical and programming skills, you will also learn business and management principles to problem-solve a variety of workplace challenges as well as the basics of data analytics.

Software Design and Solutions Certificate Admissions Requirements

Students must place in MATH062 and ENGL062 or above. To begin program coursework, students must first complete transitional studies courses2, if applicable.

Please see the catalog for complete admissions requirements.

Software Design and Solutions Certificate and Financial Aid

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Job Opportunities in the Software Design and Solutions Field

Graduates from our software design and solutions certificate program may consider opportunities such as:

  • Software Application Developer
    Design applications such as productivity apps for businesses or social media and e-commerce apps and games for consumers. You may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software for the public.

  • Mobile Device Programmer
    Implement, maintain and work to improve systems that take advantage of the capabilities of specific device platforms to store data, display graphics and enhance a user’s experience.
  • Software Programmer and Analyst
    Use your technical knowledge to create and implement software specifications based on user, company and client information. You’ll primarily work with existing systems and software to make improvements based on analysis.

  • Mobile App Developer
    Use programming languages to create and test applications on mobile devices. You’ll work in popular operating system environments like iOS and Android.

Program Courses


MATH114 Algebra for College Students

Tech Core

CEIS101C Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming

Information Systems and Programming

CEIS150 Programming with Objects
CEIS209 Intermediate Programming
CEIS236 Database Systems and Programming Fundamentals

Application Development

CEIS295 Data Structures and Algorithms

Software Development

CEIS200 Software Engineering I
CEIS320 Introduction to Mobile Device Programming
CEIS400 Software Engineering II
CEIS420 Programming Languages and Advanced Techniques

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology
CEIS499 Preparation for the Profession

Software Design and Solutions FAQs

What is software design?

Software design is, in a way, a form of problem-solving. Utilizing research, planning, user testing, visual design and more, software designers build software solutions that make people’s lives easier and businesses function more efficiently.

How do you design software?

There are many methods and techniques for designing software, but generally, software design begins with a set of user requirements and proper planning. Those requirements guide the building of a set of components that are implementable using programming languages. Conducting research, planning information architecture, wireframing, prototyping and many more skillsets often go into the design of new software.

What makes good software design?

A good designer will take the time to assess every requirement or component and consider alternate approaches using all available resources. The application should combine the need for compatibility and modularity and implement well-defined procedures in code. Having good design makes software easier to implement and will reduce the need for major changes down the line.

What are the benefits of software design?

Within software development, software design practices allow for flexibility, reusability and ease of understanding. Effective software design makes changing and adjusting the software much easier during the development process, saving time and money.

What type of jobs can I get with a certificate in software design and solutions?

Graduates of our online software design certificate program may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:

  • Software Application Developer
  • Mobile Device Programmer
  • Software Programmer and Analyst
  • Mobile Application Developer

Make the Most of Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Every course counts toward the next degree level4

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here’s an example: The Undergraduate Software Design and Solutions certificate can serve as a steppingstone to our Software Development bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Software Design and Programming or our Computer Information Systems bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Software Programming. If you choose to continue on with your education, all credits apply to your bachelor’s degree.

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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
3Data is inclusive of all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and grants for the period for July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
4The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.