Frequently Asked Questions

What’s required for admission?

To enter the Master’s in Software Development, you need:

  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A bachelor’s degree (in any subject)
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Successfully complete a technical interview (starting in January 2020)

How long is the program?

12 months, including a 3-week winter break and a 1-week spring break.

What if my bachelor’s degree is from another country? Does it transfer?

Most likely. Once you apply, our admissions team will review your transcripts. If your degree doesn’t qualify as a US-equivalent bachelor’s degree, you may request a refund on your application fee.

What are the next steps to becoming accepted?

  • Fill out the online application.
  • Submit your transcripts, resume, and have a recent employer or professor recommend you.
  • Begin preparing for your technical interview (starting January 2020)

Does this program qualify for federal student loans?

Yes! Once you apply to the program and submit your FAFSA, our financial aid office will determine if you qualify for federal student loans. Most of our applicants qualify for federal student loans.

Where is the program?

This program is in Fairfield, Iowa.

Is it possible to pay my tuition after I graduate and start working?

For our 2019 entry (the current students), we offered an opportunity to defer paying tuition until after graduating and beginning work. We are still in the process of deciding if we will continue this deferred payment option for the 2020 entry.

What is the daily schedule?

Class is weekdays from 10:00 – 3:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 – 12:00. Plan on 3-6 hours of homework every day in addition to class.

How many entries are there into the program?

Currently, there is 1 entry per year, which is in August.

Is there an online option?

Not at this time. This program is 12 months on campus in Fairfield, Iowa. Learning is deeper and more practical when done hands-on with an in-person group of colleagues and teachers.

Have more questions?

Please contact us and let us help you.

Why is there an entrance exam if the program is for people with no prior experience?

No prior experience means that you don’t need to have previously studied or worked in the software field. However, beginners will need 20-50 hours of study to learn the basics of JavaScript in order to pass the entrance exam (technical interview). This learning can be achieved in an hour of study per day for 1-2 months.