Visual Basic Application Development

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Visual Basic Application Development focuses on the principles and practices necessary to design, develop, and deploy Web applications using the Visual Basic interactive development environment (IDE). You’ll learn to apply Visual Basic applications for real-world environments while focusing on object-oriented programming languages and frameworks. The skills you’ll learn from this online certificate will be useful in many organizations that require the creation of custom programs to fulfill business objectives such as accurate data analysis and productivity improvement. This certificate program is intended for undergraduate students who seek to heighten their knowledge of Visual Basic application development without committing to an academic degree program.  

Program Courses

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

  • Programming fundamentals using Python
  • Visual Basic .NET framework
  • Web development with the Active Server Page (ASP.NET) environment
  • JavaScript and XHTML

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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:

  • Discuss the impact of the .NET framework on information technology management, on security, and on global economies as it applies to enterprise ecommerce solutions on the Web.
  • Explore and analyze the hierarchy of framework class libraries (FCL); use the objects and properties to design and develop applications on the Web.
  • Appraise the architecture, the lifecycle, management issues, and process for developing Visual Basic and ASP web applications.
  • Differentiate between traditional programming and event-driven programming and also between traditional programming and object-oriented programming; examine the application of OOP in the Visual Basic IDE.
  • Appraise the features, functionality, power, and advantages of Visual Basic.NET that have made it a viable tool for website design, development, deployment, and management.
  • Analyze the ASP.NET facilities to establish and maintain state between connections within the context of the stateless and connectionless HTTP protocol.
  • Assess the provisions in VB.NET for performing component-based programming, exception handling, and interface-based programming; also assess their impact on information technology management.
  • Discuss the architecture, advantages, and functionality of both ADO.NET and the Active-X component architecture; also explain the concept of connection pooling.

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 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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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.