Software Development

Beyond Mastery: The Doctorate Journey in Software Development

Venturing into the highest echelons of academia, a Doctorate degree in Software Development is more than just an advanced qualification—it’s a testament to an individual’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of software innovation. This distinguished program delves deep into the intricate facets of software design, methodologies, and advanced research, forging thought leaders who not only craft next-generation software solutions but also shape the trajectory of the industry at large. Explore this space to understand the depth, rigor, and immense potential of a doctoral journey in software development, and see how it can redefine your contribution to the digital realm.

Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution, or an appropriately certified foreign institution. A Grade Point Average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below.

  • 2.5 GPA at the bachelor’s level, or
  • 3.0 GPA for the last 9 credit hours of graduate coursework, or
  • Students with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 must demonstrate at least 3 years of relevant professional experience that will be evaluated by the Chief Academic Officer to ensure relevancy.

Additional requirements may apply for non-native English speaking students.

What makes our program unique?

Broad range curriculum

The curriculum’s broad range of courses support the foundation for many different career paths.

Personalized attention and support

The support team behind each student (Academic Advisors, Deans, Faculty, Financial Aid, and Career Services) see each person as an individual and not as a number.

Courses facilitated by industry professionals

Students are exposed to real-world scenarios, problem-solving, and networking opportunities through instructors who have spent time in the field.

Program Details

Doctorate in Software Development

62 credit hours

Most students complete this program in 3-5 years


Additional fees apply

  • Full Distance
  • Blended (Salem, VA or Louisville, KY) for F1 Visa holders
  • Blended (Orlando, FL) for US domestic students
Accredited Programs

University of Fairfax is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Scholarships & Aid

We recognize that many students need some type of financial assistance in order to make this investment in their future. Our Financial Services Team will sit down with prospective students to identify sources of financial assistance. We are committed to finding solutions for those who qualify.

Please Note: Federal Financial Aid is not yet available to students of University of Fairfax.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 semester credits equivalent to our courses in content, credit and level may be transferred to a Doctoral program.