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 of Science 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 10 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

Online Master’s in Software Development: Industry Outlook

A master’s in software development 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?

With a Master of Science in Software Development (MSSD) 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, 2017

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, you can build a solid foundation for career growth in positions like these:

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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

Online Software Development Curriculum:
It’s Designed for You

As a student in Maryville’s online MSSD 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 10 months.

Master's in Software Development Online Curriculum

SWDV 600Intro to Programming3 Credits
SWDV 610Data Structures3 Credits
SWDV 620Web Applications3 Credits
SWDV 630Object-Oriented Coding3 Credits
SWDV 640User Interface Design3 Credits
SWDV 650Agile Analysis and Design3 Credits
SWDV 655Database Management3 Credits
SWDV 660Applied DevOps3 Credits
SWDV 665Advanced Topics in Software Development3 Credits
SWDV 691Software Development Capstone3 Credits

Meet Our Program’s Driving Force: 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.

Enrolling in the Online Master’s in Software Development: Admission Requirements

The following criteria are considered during the admission process for the Master of Science in Software Development:

  • 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.