Computer Applications

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Computer Applications offers a foundational understanding of the leading technologies, theories, and methodologies used to develop critical applications for enterprise implementation. You’ll learn core concepts of computer systems, algorithms, computer literacy, application design and development, and other proficiencies commonly utilized in the IT marketplace. Successful completion of this online associate degree prepares you for entry-level careers in application development in enterprise IT departments or as an independent programmer.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Computer fundamentals and problem solving
  • Writing computer programs using Python
  • Software design documentation for system implementation
  • Computer information systems including hardware, software, procedures, databases, telecommunications, and network concepts
  • IT writing skills and IT documentation for peers and supervisors

After completing this associate degree in computer applications, you may consider pursuing your Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word 2013 Certification and Excel 2013 Certification. You may also use this program as a springboard to a bachelor’s degree program in a related field.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Appraise the major concepts behind computers, computer algorithms, and computer literacy.
  • Analyze business environments and use Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access to perform information processing tasks.
  • Distinguish between the various diagrams in the Unified Modeling Language (UML).
  • Assess the process for designing and developing software and evaluate the benefits of modularization of software.
  • Profile the purpose, audience, scope, structure, and format of key IT documents and appraise the appropriateness of a document to the particular writing/research goal.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.