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Software Development Undergraduate Certificate

School of Business and Technology

Software Developers are In Demand

The IT industry needs skilled software development professionals.* Step into a growing field with Capella’s online Software Development Undergraduate Certificate. Gain industry-driven skills with just seven courses to fast-track your path to software development. Coursework is designed around Agile development processes and traditional industry standards outlined by the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK). Learn the nuances of today’s industry standards, outlined by SWEBOK and IEEE—get skills in database structure and access, defining requirements, designing software, coding and testing programs, designing user interfaces, and Java programming.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition. Capella does not guarantee its learners will receive a job, promotion, salary level, or other career advancement.

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • 7 Specialization Courses

Classes Start January 7th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Collect & Analyze User Requirements

Address industry needs by applying concepts and methods using industry-standard tools and platforms.

Identify & Apply Software Architecture

Construct software to design specifications using modeling tools to create high-level designs.

Design User Interfaces

Translate user needs into system and software requirements to develop effective, engaging user interfaces.

Create. Code. Test.

Code using high-level programming language and execute testing and quality assurance activities in software development.

Design. Develop. Implement.

Develop software applications in one or more significant application domains.

Critical Soft Skills

Gain important soft skills—communication, collaboration, critical-thinking—to be an effective software development team member.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Stay Ahead in IT: Upskill with Skillsoft

Students will have unlimited access to Skillsoft, a comprehensive eLearning resource to help develop IT and business knowledge and skills.

Valuable Certificate

Your online IT certificate can stand alone to demonstrate specialized knowledge, or credits can be applied to a Capella IT degree in the same area.

Learn Agile Development

Gain skills to identify requirements; model and design software; and code, test, and assure quality using Agile methods.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$354 per 1000-2000 level credit $410 per 3000-4000 level credit, 24 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

Gain in-demand skills in database structure and access, defining requirements, designing software, coding and testing programs, designing user interfaces, and Java programming.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
IT3301 User Experience and Interaction Design
IT3345 Software Architecture
IT3349 Intermediate Java Programming
IT4711 Software Requirements
IT4772 Software Design and Modeling

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Blogs for Software Development Professionals

Stay in the know about the latest software development 

Skills in Software Development

What are the desired skills and how do you build them?

3 Nondegree Credential Opportunities

Assess options for advanced learning that accompany a degree—from digital badges to industry certifications.

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Ready for the Next Step?

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