Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Software Development is designed for software developers looking to take their career to the next level.
The MS program focuses on equipping talented working professionals with knowledge and skills in advanced writing and implementation of both generic and customized programs. Courses include instruction in the full software development lifecycle, system design, software design, and software architecture. Additional areas of focus include agile software development and delivery methodologies, mobile development, advanced database design, secure coding and software testing.
Design and Develop Software in a Technology-Driven World
Technology is only growing in its importance, and software developers occupy a uniquely important role in society. GCU’s program helps prepare graduates who are prepared to fill these important roles and equip professionals with the ability to make an impact in the field. As technology progresses, our professionals need to be equipped with more than knowledge of programming languages or product development. Important ethical questions and concerns will undoubtedly arise during every software developer’s career.
GCU’s program addresses these ethical challenges. Learners explore dilemmas regarding data and systems access, data privacy, data accuracy and code of conduct in decision-making. Through discussion and coursework, program candidates analyze ways to make ethical judgments in the implementation, modification and development of technology or software to use software development for the common good.
Do Software Developers Need a Master’s Degree?
Throughout their careers, software developers can advance their own skills and gain a competitive edge in many ways. Though pursuing a master’s degree is a great commitment, it can have large rewards.
GCU's MS in Software Development not only focuses on advanced technical concepts but also prepares graduates with industry-proven skills in leadership and management, which will increase their competitiveness for high-level positions, potentially at the executive level.
Flexible Online Class Options Available
GCU’s master’s in software development online learning management system provides our learners with the flexibility to earn their degree while still working. Assignments and participations are paced to allow every online program to fit into an already busy schedule.
Completing your degree online offers flexibility without removing any opportunities to gain hard, practical skills. Project-based coursework and discussion-driven learning allow students to develop advanced, hands-on capabilities in:
- Software development lifecycle
- Agile software development and delivery
- UML and design patterns
- System and software design
- Enterprise architecture
- Mobile development
- Technical communication
- Secure coding
- Software testing
Advance your career on your own time. Earn your Master of Science in Software Development from GCU. For more information, contact an admissions counselor or apply today!
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
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