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.
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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 2020 to 2030.* 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

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.

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

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required to enroll. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

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

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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

Program Requirements

  • Major Credits
    34
  • Total Credits
    34

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.

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 100% IT faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 36% IT faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Advanced and Doctoral Degrees: Statistics include all Purdue Global IT faculty members. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, May 2022.
Publications and Development Hours: Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers, on the internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm; and Most New Jobs, www.bls.gov/ooh/most-new-jobs.htm. 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.