WGU Launches Online Bachelor's Degree Program in Software Development Competency-based university offers in-depth program to help meet demand for highly qualified designers of mobile apps and software

SALT LAKE CITY, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Online, nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, has introduced a new bachelor's degree program designed for students seeking to build successful careers in application and software design. The B.S. in Software Development program is now accepting new enrollees, who may start their coursework on the first day of any month beginning June 1.

The B.S. in Software Development degree program provides knowledge of software engineering, software development, project management, and mobile application development. With the skills developed through this program, graduates will be prepared for successful careers in the quickly growing field of mobile application development and building data-centric applications. As students progress through the program, they will not only be earning their degrees—coursework also includes completion of the following industry certifications at no extra charge to the student:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer

Like all of WGU's online, accredited, competency-based degree programs, the B.S. in Software Development program was created for working adults looking to advance their careers in an educational setting that fits with their busy lives. WGU uses technology to facilitate education in ways that work for individual learners, allowing them to study, complete assignments, and take tests on their schedule and at their pace. Competency-based learning allows students to advance through their programs as soon as they're able to demonstrate mastery of the material—competencies that are defined by academic and industry experts to reflect the latest needs of the marketplace. Because WGU measures learning rather than time spent in class and charges tuition at a flat rate per term regardless of how many courses are completed, professionals with knowledge and skills from work and previous college experience can often move through their programs more quickly, saving both time and money.

Key topics and areas of discussion in the new B.S. in Software Development degree program include:

  • Systems and services
  • Networking and security
  • Scripting and programming
  • Business of IT
  • Operating systems for programmers
  • Software engineering
  • Data structures
  • Data management for programmers
  • Object-oriented design and development
  • Client-server application development
  • Mobile application development

For more information, visit www.wgu.edu/SoftwareDev

About Western Governors University
Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university that "awards credits based on learning, not seat time," Western Governors University is the only university in the U.S. offering accredited, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs at scale. Named one of  Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies for 2013," WGU has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN's "Schools of Thought," and in The New York Times.

WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. WGU's Teachers College is the first exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation for its teacher licensure programs from NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The WGU bachelor's and master's nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*), and its B.S. in Health Informatics is accredited by CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education).

Western Governors University has partnered with five states to establish state-based universities aimed at adding affordable capacity to state higher education systems. WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington are key elements in their states' strategies for increasing the percentage of adults with bachelor's or master's degrees. These state-endorsed universities offer degree programs that are accredited through WGU.

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations, including AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791).

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Contact for media inquiries:
Joan Mitchell – VP of Public Relations
801-428-5463
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866-225-5948
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