Programming and Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate Online

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Program at a Glance
  • Build foundational knowledge of software development and advanced programming, database concepts, and development and design strategies.
  • Gain proficiency in various types of programming languages.
  • Explore design and programming concepts for software, web, and mobile application development.
  • Prepare for the CIW Web Foundations series of certifications.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Programming and Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate Overview

As demand for computer software and applications grows, so does the need for software developers. In fact, software developer is one of the top 5 occupations expected to add the most new jobs from 2019 to 2029.* Purdue Global’s online programming and software development certificate can help you gain the critical knowledge and technical skills to reach your potential.

This online certificate program is designed to provide foundational knowledge of key information technology areas. Our online programming and software developer training emphasizes:

  • The knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to help you succeed in the web technology field
  • The software development skills necessary to create solutions that meet the needs of users and organizations
  • IT trends and current best practices in software development that enable you to recommend the best product for each business process

Prepare for Certification

Earning a software development certificate online can help you prepare for the CIW Web Foundations series of certifications.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the Programming and Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Career Opportunities

This certificate program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge you need to seek entry-level employment working in the field of programming and software development.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Programming
  2. Complex Problem Solving
  3. Quality Control Analysis
  4. Systems Analysis
  5. Systems Evaluation

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

This program focuses on building key knowledge and skills related to the dynamic field of programming and software development.

Sample Courses
  • Software Design and Development Concepts
  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Advanced Software Development Including Web and Mobility
  • Advanced Software Development
  • Software Product Development Using Agile
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Credit Breakdown
  • Major Credits34
  • Total Credits34

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers, on the internet at; and Most New Jobs, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.