Applied Software Development | Winthrop University

Applied Software Development

Bachelor of Science

Take your career in software development to the next level. Specifically designed for students who have already earned an associate's degree in programming from one of South Carolina's technical colleges, Winthrop's Bachelor of Science in applied software development enables graduates to pursue a broader range of careers—particularly management-track positions—and earn higher salaries than they could with a two-year degree alone.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • Bank of America
  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • Eaton
  • Exceedra
  • McAlister Design Inc.
  • Novant Health Foundation
  • Prince Sultan Aviation Academy
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Vanguard
  • VMware
  • Wipro

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • CEO
  • Data Capacity Management Analyst
  • Foundation Business Operations Specialist
  • IT Associate I
  • IT Business Analyst II
  • IT Delivery Manager
  • Manager, Program Management Office, Global Corporate Research & Technology
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Project Lead
  • Section Manager
  • Sr. Business Analyst - Lead Consultant
  • Sr. Manager - Party Master Data Management
  • Sr. Project Management Coordinator
  • Sr. Project Manager
  • SVP; Enterprise Risk
  • Technical Consultant
  • Vice President Information Technology

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Banking
  2. Information Technology and Services
  3. Software Development
  4. Airlines/Aviation
  5. Industrial Automation
  6. Hospital & Health Care
  7. Higher Education
  8. Financial Services
  9. Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  10. Computer Software

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

Winthrop University's Bachelor of Science degree in applied software development (ASWD) degree is intended for students that have completed their Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology — Programming Specialization (AAS.CPT.PROG) at a South Carolina technical college who now wish to earn a four-year degree. Almost all of the courses required for the associate's degree will count directly toward the requirements of the ASWD degree, allowing most students to finish their degree at Winthrop in two years.

Acceptance into the ASWD program is limited to students that have completed the AAS.CPT.PROG degree from a South Carolina technical college. Additional admissions criteria can be found on Winthrop's Transfer Information web page.

Guided Transfer Pathway: York Tech and Winthrop (PDF - 137KB)


Why Winthrop?

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Continued Success

Many of our seniors have multiple job offers months before graduation, and nearly 100 percent of our graduates accept a full-time position within three months of starting their job search.

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Extracurricular Opportunities

Join the ACM or STARS computing club, participate in contests ranging from local hack-a-thons to regional intercollegiate programming competitions, and learn from nationally known speakers and alumni at events.

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Award-Winning Faculty

Winthrop's computer science professors are award-winning experts in their fields, whose primary responsibility is teaching, not research funding. And with class sizes ranging from 12-30 students, they'll get to know you and your career goals.

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Beyond Graduation

Bachelor’s degree holders earn 38.5 percent more than the median earnings for associate’s degree holders across all fields. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting that demand for software developers will grow 25 percent over the next ten years—much higher than the average for other fields—graduates of Winthrop’s applied software development program will be well-prepared to stand out and take advantage of this growth.