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Business Application Development Graduate Certificate

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Earn your business application development certificate online with CSU

A growing number of organizations rely on custom-made applications to drive business growth, boost efficiency, and create streamlined user experiences. This AACSB-accredited graduate certificate program will help you gain the right balance of business knowledge and technical skills to develop high-quality business applications that meet or exceed stakeholder expectations.

After successfully completing this program of study, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate business needs and determine what specific application features and functions will best suit those needs
  • Plan, design, develop, test, and debug applications using modeling and programming languages, tools, and technologies
  • Utilize Interactive Development Environments (IDEs) for software development
  • Implement modularization and documentation
  • Operate according to software development best practices

Prepare to enter a growing career field

ComplEmployment opportunities for software developers are projected to grow by 21% between 2018 and 2021, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is much faster than the average growth rate for all professions. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a business application developer is just over $70,000 per year. Large organizations in many different industries are actively seeking qualified application developers, including Google, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, J.P. Morgan, Vanguard, Allstate, and UPS.

Apply credits toward your master’s degree

Every credit earned in this certificate can later be applied toward your Master of Computer Information Systems graduate degree (after formal admission per University transfer policies). Note that successful completion of this certificate does not guarantee admission into the master’s program.

Curriculum Open Accordion

Required Courses

Program Total Credits: 12

This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate.

Faculty Open Accordion
Ramadan Abdunabi

Ramadan Abdunabi

Ramadan received his MCS and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Colorado State University. Ramadan views teaching as a way to improve himself and the world around him. Ramadan believes that teaching is more than transmitting knowledge; it is about inspiring students to discover their purpose and potential. Ramadan is highly attentive to students’ success and devoted to their professional development. Ramadan’s teaching interests include software design and development, computer networks and security, operating systems, software testing, web development, and data analytics.

Charles Butler

Charles Butler

Dr. Butler is certified a Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. Butler teaches and conducts research in information technology (IT) and collaborates with information technology managers in developing improved IT management strategies and processes, software development methodologies, and metrics and quality assurance for traditional and object software. For eighteen years, he served in the role of Chief Software Scientist for McCabe & Associates in Columbia, Maryland and completed consulting engagements in over fifty Fortune 500 companies. As McCabe’s Chief Software Scientist, he served as an expert witness in software litigation trials. He also worked with Texaco, Inc and Star Enterprise for over twenty years on internal process improvement projects for the IT department.

Leo Vijayasarathy

Leo Vijayasarathy


Dr. Vijayasarathy joined Colorado State University in 2000 after academic appointments at Barry University and North Dakota State University, where he also served as the Coordinator of MIS. His research on the development, use and consequences of information systems has been published in Electronic Markets, European Journal of Information Systems, IEEE Software, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communications, Information & Management, Internet Research, Information and Software Technology, International Journal of Production Economics, and Journal of Management Information Systems. He enjoys helping students learn software development tools and technologies, and mentoring them on their projects and theses.

Frequently Asked Questions Open Accordion

Can I apply the credits from this graduate certificate to a master’s?

Yes. Every credit earned in this certificate can later be applied toward the CSU College of Business’s online (or on-campus) Master of Computer Information Systems (after formal admission per University transfer policies). However, successfully completing the graduate certificate does not guarantee admission into the master’s program.

What kind of advice and support can I expect as I move through this program?

Both the College of Business and the Graduate School strive to provide the support you need to succeed in your program, and both offer numerous services to ensure that students can get assistance or support in a timely manner. All admitted students have access to a CIS advisor and CIS faculty throughout the program. Your CIS advisor will be available to approve of programs of study and to assist with program planning, in addition to many other areas of your academic experience.

Additional support resources:

What should my resume include?

A complete resume should include a description of each full-time professional position you've held and the length of time you held each position. Please list the month and year you began and ended each position. Include a reference from each place of employment, if possible.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall: August 1
Spring: January 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

Generally, graduate certificate applicants must meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from your most recent degree completed
    Please submit an academic performance explanation with your application if your GPA was lower than 3.0.

2Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

Current Resume

Describe the responsibilities of your professional experience and what you accomplished while in those positions; show the length of time for each position (including the month and year). International applicants, please provide the city, state, and country for your employment and academic history. You will upload this document to your online application.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

Under "Select an application type," choose the term (fall or spring) that you are applying to. Note: Some certificates have a preferred start term; please contact us for details.

  • Choose "Business Application Development (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Academic performance explanation (if GPA is below 3.0): If your most recent degree (undergraduate or graduate) cumulative GPA is below 3.0, complete and email the academic performance petition (PDF) to

International applicants: You must submit one set of official transcripts and a degree statement with a certified translation into English from each college or university attended, or notarized/certified copies if you can't get originals. Documents must show courses and final examinations taken, marks received for each year, and degree or diploma received. These must be mailed to us.

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

$867 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Business Applications Development
Time Frame
Can be completed in two semesters if courses are taken concurrently or three semesters if courses are taken sequentially.
Admission Reqs.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework

Application Dates

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1

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