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App Development Major

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Mobile apps are at the center of our digital world. From engaging entertainment experiences to potentially life-saving solutions, apps help us communicate, conduct business, and entertain ourselves.

App Development is at the intersection of software development, business, and design. Apps are critical to the customer experience and to almost every organization's success. The need for skilled app developers is still growing, providing unprecedented opportunity to build a career in this exciting field.

Why study App Development at Champlain College?

  • You'll dive into app development courses in your very first semester.
  • Our App Development major is rooted in practical experience, so you get four full years to build your skills in programming, software engineering, and user experience design.
  • You'll collaborate with peers on real client projects.
    • Working with App Development classmates as well as students in design and business programs, you'll gain experience as an integral member of a development team.
  • You'll learn emerging languages and technological trends, practicing adaptability in an industry that changes rapidly.



The 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.


Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report (for the seventh consecutive year!) in its "America's Best Colleges" 2022 rankings.


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Many students find fulfilling internships on the Champlain campus, working in facilities like the Emergent Media Center and the Leahy Center for Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity. You can also intern with local and international companies to see firsthand how development processes work in different industries and countries.

Study Abroad

With Champlain campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland—plus a mission and curriculum that encourage international study—Champlain sends more than 50% of our students to study abroad. Exchange and third-party programs offer additional opportunities to go nearly anywhere in the world.


Become an expert in each aspect of app development.

Gain critical intersectional experience by exploring the business and design aspects of app development along with the programming. You’ll be ready to dive right into app developer roles—and give life to your own brilliant ideas—right after graduation.

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the growth rate for software developers is 22% from 2019-2029—significantly higher than the average growth rate of 4% for all occupations. This rapid growth translates to a variety of job opportunities; a Champlain degree in App Development perfectly positions you to become a leader in this evolving field.

Upon graduation you’ll be able to...

Work effectively as part of a team to develop and deliver quality software artifacts.

Apply computing theory and programming principles to practical software design and development.

Analyze, design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

See all learning outcomes for the App Development program.

Possible job placements for an App Development graduate include

  • Mobile App Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • Android Developer
  • Software Engineer

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