Software Application Development

Associate's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
February 09, 2022
April 04, 2022
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February 04, 2022
March 30, 2022

18 months

Estimated time to completion with full-time study1

1 day review

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2 industry exams

You’ll be prepared for two industry certification exams2

Associate’s Degree in Software Application Development

Our online Software Application Development program is designed to help you gain the software programming and technology skills that employers are seeking. This curriculum was developed by industry experts who have years of technology experience at organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers®,4 Providence Mutual Insurance Company and®.8

This fully online Associate’s degree can be completed in as few as 18 months.1 And if you already have the skills taught in particular courses, you can bypass them by demonstrating your knowledge through a $149 self-directed assessment.

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Choose Your Focus

Pursue a General Track or Choose a Specialization in Data Analytics

In the Software Application Development Associate’s degree, we give you the option to choose a general track or hone your study with a specialization in Data Analytics.

  • Software Application Development (General Track)

    You Bring

    • An interest in designing solutions for businesses via computer or mobile applications

    You’ll Study

    • Multiple programming languages
    • Database programming
    • Software design and development
    • Solution strategy

    Career Path Examples

    • Applications Developer
    • Computer Systems Analyst
    • Programmer Analyst
    • Software Developer
    • Web Developer
    • Web Programmer

  • Data Analytics Specialization

    You Bring

    • An interest in using and managing data to help organizations make informed business decisions

    You'll Also Study

    • How to acquire, process and manage data to help organizations make informed business decisions
    • Python®10 programming, fundamentals of data analytics and data visualization

    Career Path Examples

    • Business Intelligence Developer
    • Data Analyst
    • Data Quality Analyst
    • Programmer Analyst
    • Computer Systems Analyst
    • Software Developer
    • Web Analytics Analyst

    Specialization Courses
    Fundamentals of Data Analytics
    • Learn concepts and tools used in current analytics practice, including visualization, data quality, platforms and scripting.
    Fundamentals of Data Visualization
    • Understand current concepts, tools and software used to create visualizations. Topics include report design, human perception of visualization and chart selections rules.
    Python®10 Programming
    • Work with the Python®10 programming language. Understand flow control, functions, object-oriented concepts and basic data structures as well as utilizing external modules.
    Advanced Python®10 Programming
    • Learn advanced Python®10 techniques and best practices. Through hands-on labs, work with lambda functions, comprehensions, handling file operations, integration of regular expression (regex) logic and debugging techniques.


What Skills Will I Gain?

Technical Application Development

Develop mobile, desktop and database applications to solve real-world challenges.

Multiple Programming Languages

Code with the most in-demand programming languages and databases, including C++, C#, HTML5, Java®7, Python®10 (included only in the Data Analytics specialization) and SQL, and practice applying them hands-on.

Problem Solving

Address business problems and practice creating solutions with technological know-how.

Software Engineering

Use in-demand software engineering and development tools and techniques, and apply industry best practices to software design, analysis, development and deployment.

“Rasmussen prepares students to have the foundational skills and hands-on experience needed to begin a career in technology when they graduate.”

Dr. Joel Christensen
Rasmussen School of Technology Faculty

Prepare for Industry Certifications

This program prepares you for key industry certifications, including C++ Certified Associate Programmer (CPA), Oracle®5 Database Foundations and PCEP Certified Entry-Level Python®10 Programmer (Data Analytics specialization only). Plus, we’ll even cover the cost of your first attempt for up to three exams for which you qualify.2

Advance Your Education

When you’re ready to advance your education even further, you can transfer your credits into our online Computer Science or Data Analytics Bachelor’s degree programs.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential by year 2030 for Software Developers is 22%.11 A Software Application Development Associate's degree from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Your program is designed to transfer seamlessly into the next degree. You’re earning every credential along the way and, at the same time, you’re setting yourself up for a higher level. No matter where you start, credits transfer from one credential to the next, saving you time and money.

  • Associate's Degree: Software Application Development General Track or Data Analytics Specialization

    Start here if:

    This program is intended for students looking to acquire new or additional programming skills and wishing to pursue a career in software applications or web development. It is also for students interested in starting their portfolio in software and advancing toward a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Data Analytics.

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months1

    Career path examples:

    Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers11
    BLS Earnings Data:

    • $65,210 (10th Percentile) 
    • $84,020 (25th Percentile) 
    • $110,140 (50th Percentile) 
    • BLS Projected Growth 2020-2030: 22%

    Web Developers and Digital Designers11
    BLS Earnings Data:

    • $40,750 (10th Percentile)
    • $55,390 (25th Percentile)
    • $77,200 (50th Percentile)
    • BLS Projected Growth 2020-2030: 13%

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Computer Science

    Start here if:

    This program is intended for students with previous college credits who are interested in gaining skills in demand by employers today, including cloud computing, big data, e-commerce, data analytics, SQL, Java®, web analytics and quality assurance in software engineering.

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months1

    Career path example:

    Software Developers11
    BLS Earnings Data:

    • $65,210 (10th Percentile) 
    • $84,020 (25th Percentile) 
    • $110,140 (50th Percentile) 
    • BLS Projected Growth 2020-2030: 22% 

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  • Bachelor’s Degree: Data Analytics

    Start here if:

    You are looking to pursue a successful career in data analytics across a wide range of businesses with well-rounded knowledge about the field and fast-growing realm of big data. This program prepares you for roles such as data analyst, systems software developer or web analytics analyst.

    Finish in as few as:

    18 months1

    Career path example:

    Software Developers11
    BLS Earnings Data:

    • $65,210 (10th Percentile)
    • $84,020 (25th Percentile)
    • $110,140 (50th Percentile) 
    • BLS Projected Growth 2020-2030: 22%

     Bachelor’s Degree Page

Affordable Education

Tuition and Savings

Do the Math

With eight start dates per year and a total of 25 courses—full-time students can finish in as few as 18 months.1 You can save even more with transfer credits, loans, grants and more.

$269 cost per full-time credit
x 90 total credits
$24,210 total full-time tuition
+ $5,125 total fees
$29,335 full-time estimated total program cost

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Other Ways to Save

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our programs are designed to be more affordable with Knowledge Credit through transfer credits, self-directed assessments, and military training or professional certification. Plus, save more with loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and military discounts for those who qualify. Find more about:

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Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen University School of Technology vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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Support to Make it Work

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Transfer Your Credits

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today, or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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100% Online Technology Degrees

Rasmussen University’s Technology degrees offer a 100% online learning experience. Keep working while you get your degree with fully online courses, eight start dates a year and a support team available evenings and weekends.

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Where Can I Find an Online Software Application Development Degree Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen University, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. Click below to find an online Software Application Development degree program near you.


Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Rasmussen University will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen University will provide practice exams and materials when available.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 2021] "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  4. PricewaterhouseCoopers is a trademark of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
  5. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle® Corporation.
  6. Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
  7. Java and JavaScript are trademarks of Oracle® and/or its affiliates.
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  9. Exceptions apply—review the course catalog for details.
  10. Python is a registered trademark of the Python Software Foundation.
  11. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed October 6, 2021] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 2021] BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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