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IT - Software Development Specialist

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Degree Type
18-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code

Time to Degree
1.5 years

Start Date
August / January / June

How You'll Learn

  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Hybrid
  • Daytime
  • Evening

Software development specialists work to create and modify general computer applications and software to provide solutions to various business needs. In this program, develop a solid foundation in Java Programming, architecture and database skills. Upon completion of the diploma program, possess the skills to build stand-alone and client-server applications, including web applications.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Potential Careers

If you are an analytical, business-minded team player, and you like to look at processes from a big-picture perspective, the field of software development may be right for you. Those in this field work with others to offer product solutions, design and implement software, and provide training and support for use of these applications.

  • Mobile Application Specialist
  • Information Technology Application Specialist
  • Web Application Specialist
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$35,600 - $70,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. This program is designed for those with some industry or educational experience who are looking to strengthen their technical skillset.
  2. Local and national competitions allow you to demonstrate competencies and engage with students from other colleges and universities.
  3. The IT Student Center provides IT students with a wealth of resources to practice their skills, complete group projects and work with mentors.

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