Mastering the Digital Age
The Master of Software Development (MSD) is a comprehensive and rigorous 16-month program producing capable coders, big data analysts, computer security experts. and more for graduates looking to carve out a new career path. It’s also the perfect next step for those who want to enhance their careers by learning software development.
The Software Development Programming Certificate is an 8-month program that corresponds to the first semester of the MSD program (full time) plus one course from the second semester (part time). This certificate offers prospective students a way to get a foot in the door toward a career in programming while preparing them with a rigorous foundation for lifelong learning. Students who complete the certificate program are eligible to resume coursework toward the full MSD program.
Students from the first graduating class of the Master of Software Development program are achieving great success thanks to this exciting curriculum. They have been hired for high-paying software developments jobs from companies including Microsoft, L3 Technologies, Symantec, Salesforce, BioFire, Ancestry, Cvent, and Bruker Daltonics among others. Hear what some of them had to say about the program and how it helped them achieve their dreams in finding a new, lucrative career.
Why the MSD program might be right for you
For a new digital era.
Whether it's in finance, retail, government, or even the arts, software is a critical component to every industry. Software development has become a vital — and valuable — work skill as companies have turned to mobile apps and cloud computing to boost productivity and make life easier.
Feel like you've reached a career dead end or realized your bachelor's degree hasn't opened as many doors as you once thought? Here's a chance to reset your earning potential. The Master of Software Development is a key to new possibilities in an area with unbelievable growth.
No CS degree? No problem!
This innovative program requires no computer science or related degree, but it will engage students in an extensive 40-credit-hour curriculum that covers everything from writing high-quality software to data analytics and security. We're looking for hard-working graduates with strong analytical thinking skills.
The MSD courses are taught by faculty from the University of Utah's world-renowned School of Computing. A pioneer in computer graphics, computer networking, computer architecture and digital media, the School of Computing has more than 40 faculty that touch every aspect of modern computing research.
The application requirements and process are the same for the MSD and the Programming Certificate programs.
Early decision deadline for Domestic and International Applicants: March 15, 2021. Decision will be made by April 15, 2021 with wait-list possibility.
Primary deadline: May 15, 2021 for decisions by June 30, 2021. Late fee of $30 for applications submitted after April 1.
Bachelor's DegreeYou may apply if you have received a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Four years of study is required for most international university degrees. If you are currently finishing up your degree, BS or MS, please note your status in your applications statement of purpose, and upload available transcripts to date into the application system. You can be admitted based on this information and, official transcripts will be verified before the start of the semester. You need to have a bachelor’s degree before starting the MSD program.
Transcripts/GPAThis requirement includes a list all colleges and universities applicants have attended including the University of Utah, regardless of length of attendance. Official transcripts from each institution will be required. A minimum cumulative 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required for admission. The transcripts should include courses that demonstrate the ability to reason mathematically and logically.
Optional: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test ScoreThe GRE is not required to apply, but will be looked at if submitted with your application. School code 4853 or department code 0402.
English Language ProficiencyInternational applicants must receive a minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT exam or 6.5 on the IELTS exam.
Needed for Application
School of Computing MSD Online ApplicationApply by clicking the following link: Online Application
Statement of PurposeOne statement of purpose essay describing the applicant's intent and goals for joining the program (submitted within the online application).
Three Letters of Recommendation
What you need to know
Fall (Year 1)
Spring (Year 1)
Summer (Year 1)
Fall (Year 2)
Spring: Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm (with CS 6015 on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Summer: Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-11:30am
Fall 2: Monday/Wednesday 8:30-11:30am
Current cost per semester: https://fbs.admin.utah.edu/download/income/Graduate/MSD.pdf Each student will be provided a laptop with software and access to online resources. The above amount includes the cost of the laptop + software + online resources. Students will be able to retain their laptops after finishing the program at no extra cost.
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