Foundations of Application Development Certificate

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Program Highlights

  • Flexible Learning: Instruction is all online with deadlines set by the instructor
  • Time Commitment: Approx. 18 hours per week
  • Length of Program: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
  • Credits Earned: 12
  • Start Date: August 24, 2020
  • End Date: May 6, 2021
Program Application


The Foundations of Application Development Certificate prepares students for an entry-level job in application development. Courses are all offered online and include programming, database, and web application design. With asynchronous online learning, you will have to meet assignment and project deadlines set by the instructor, but you will have the flexibility to access instruction at your convenience.

If this sounds like something you want to get into, please apply. Under the Learn and Work in Utah program, your tuition is covered in full if you complete the program in the time allotted. This certificate program offers 12 credits at UVU.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Use theoretical, technical, and organizational knowledge to analyze, design, develop, and implement secure Information Systems computing solutions.
  2. Use problem-solving skills and identify lessons learned.
  3. Facilitate communication between technical and business-oriented groups.

As part of the program you will be prepared to complete the following Microsoft certifications:

  • MTA Software Development Fundamentals [Exam 98-361]
  • MTA Database Fundamentals [Exam 98-364]
  • MTA Introduction to Programming using HTML and CSS [Exam 98-383]

You will also complete a portfolio in GitHub that will make you more marketable to future employers by showcasing your work in an industry-standard way.

Employment Outlook

Market demand is high for software and app developers. There are currently 600+ open job orders in this field with a 5.9% projected annual growth rate.

Many industries including software development companies, start-up companies, or companies looking for developers for a broad range of purposes (including marketing and customer service) will recognize the skills you hold by earning this certificate.

Foundational Knowledge

To be successful in this program, you will need to have the following knowledge or experience:

  • Basic computer skills
  • HS diploma or GED

Further Opportunities

Invest in your future! After earning the certificate in Foundations of Application Development, you can apply these credits towards another Information Systems degree at UVU. All classes in this certificate are fully stackable into the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Information Systems and Technology and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Systems and Technology with an Application Development Emphasis. This means if you decide to continue at UVU, you already have 4 classes covered! As part of this program you will have the opportunity to meet with UVU advisors and financial aid experts who can explain future options if you choose to continue past the end of your program.