Advance Into the Tech Industry With a Bridge MS in Software Development
Are you looking to take your career in a new direction? You may find a career in software development a promising and rewarding option if you are interested in technology and would like to have a direct hand in creating the software our society uses every single day.
Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Software Development bridge program is directly designed for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field. After completing the bridge program, you will have been taught the skills and knowledge you need to be eligible to apply for entry into in the Master of Science in Software Development program.
Complete Your Master’s in Software Development Bridge Online from GCU
GCU’s Bridge (Master of Science in Software Development) pathway is designed with working professionals in mind. Flexible online options allow for you to complete your degree while maintaining your already busy schedule.
Online courses require the same coursework as in-person courses, meaning you can experience the same level of advanced education in both the remote and traditional settings. Laboratory requirements allow you to gain hands-on experience in important field content, providing a workable foundation made up of both theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills.
Take the First Step to Designing and Developing Software
Even for those with limited to no experience in software development, this bridge offers you the opportunity to gain the background necessary to apply for entry into the master’s-level software development program.
Throughout your courses, you can gain knowledge and hands-on skills. Your courses will cover these topics:
Prepare for Tech Careers in Various Industries
Technology is immensely important in our 21st century society. The generation of usable software is necessary in every field, industry and organization. As this necessity increases, job growth for software development-related professions is also increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for software developers, quality assurance analysts and testers to increase by about 25% from 2021 to 2031, faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 411,400 jobs in the field.1
Those who pursue a master’s-level software development degree after completing this master’s in software development online bridge program may consider exploring jobs such as:
- Computer programmer
- Software developer
- Software quality assurance analyst and tester
- Web and digital interface designer
- Computer network support specialist
Bridge Master’s in Software Development FAQs
If you’re looking to enter into the field of software development, read through some of the most frequently asked questions below and consider completing your online bridge program from GCU.
Enrolling in GCU’s software development bridge pathway can be your first step toward transforming your career into one you are passionate about. Fill out the form on this page for more information.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers, retrieved on July 3, 2023.
2 Sartore, M. (2023, January 10). Software Developer Career Overview. Computerscience.org. Retrieved July 3, 2023.
3 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers, as of May 2021, retrieved on July 3, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as software developers, quality assurance analysts and testers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
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