Learning to code takes time.
Mastering it takes skill.

There’s always something new to learn in the computer software industry. Companies need tech experts who can keep track of the trends — in apps, agile systems, interface design — and use it to their strategic advantage. Earn your master’s in software development online, and develop your own functionality to take advantage of the growing opportunities in the field of computer science.

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100% online with no campus visits required

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No GMAT, GRE, or application fee

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Graduate in as little as 12 months

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3 start times per year (Spring, Summer, and Fall)

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4 coding classes, 5 management courses, 1 capstone

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No previous experience in business required

Master’s in software development online: Industry Outlook

A master’s in software development online puts you in an excellent position to find a place in a rapidly growing field where career possibilities are wide and varied. Industry data reveals that:

  • Software developers held about 1.1 million jobs in 2014.
  • In 2016, the median annual pay for software developers was $102,280.
  • Overall job growth is projected to be 17% from 2014 to 2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • By 2024, 1.1 million computing-related job openings are expected.

Why Choose Maryville for Your Master’s in Software Development Online?

With a master’s in software development online from the John E. Simon School of Business at Maryville University, you can be on the leading edge — the person coming up with the big ideas, developing them, then managing them to launch and beyond. Your online degree will carry the distinction of a university respected worldwide for its quality, value, and affordability.

Named an Apple Distinguished School through 2018.

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission — HLC

Forbes America's Top Colleges 2017

Ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” — Forbes, 2017

Kiplinger's Best College Values

Ranked among the best values in private colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2018

Top Jobs for Software Development Graduates

Mobile technology continues to expand globally. Apps, games, and virtual reality are the new norm. And everything from laptops to home appliances are more advanced than ever before. Amidst all this innovation, it’s easy to see why demand for software developers remains high. With a master’s in software development online, you can build a solid foundation for career growth in positions like these:

Software Consultant

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UX Designer

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Web Software Developer

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Employers for these positions usually require a degree OR equivalent experience.

Note: Job growth and salary data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale

Master’s in Software Development Online Curriculum:
It’s Designed for You

As a student in Maryville’s online software development degree program, you’ll receive broad-based instruction in software design and development, coupled with deeper, vertical studies of more complex and specialized applications. The result is a curriculum structured for long-term success in a growing industry. You can complete the program 100% online in as few as 12 months.

The Driving Force Behind Our Master’s in Software Development Online: Dustin Loeffler

Dustin Loeffler, JD, is a Maryville alumnus who spent 14 years in corporate America with IBM and Boeing. Professor Loeffler is more than an industry expert — he’s a motivator. He challenges students to embrace market-relevant technology, solve problems at every turn, and think critically in doing so. His commitment to digital learning earned him the title of an Apple Distinguished Educator, putting him among an elite community of 2,000 innovative educators.

The Master’s in Software Development Online: Admission Requirements

The following criteria are considered during the admission process for the online software development degree:

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Official academic transcripts
  • A completed online application — no fee required
  • Personal letter explaining qualifications for graduate work

International applicants:

Demonstrated English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Test score (TOEFL IBT 79, IELTS 6.0 PTE 58)
  • College degree earned in the U.S.
  • College degree where medium of instruction is English

*Low sub-scores may disqualify a student. Test dates must be within five years of application.