Software Architect

Become an expert in software development! Lead high-level architecture decisions and design complex solutions.
Software Architect
At your pace
~ 15 months
Job guarantee
in 6 months
Master's-level diploma
12 hands-on projects

One million computer programming jobs are estimated to be created in the U.S. by 2020 - as well as 700,000 in Europe - thanks to unprecedented growth in the tech sector.

Here at OpenClassrooms, our mission is to make professional education accessible. OpenClassrooms is a global online education-to-employment platform, designed to teach the skills needed for the most in-demand jobs. We pinpoint the key skills needed to succeed in the job market and develop diplomas to train our students on those skills. That’s why we've developed a 15-month master's-level diploma designed to turn software developers into architects, which you can complete entirely online with the support of a dedicated mentor. 

What will I do as a software architect?

A software architect is an experienced software developer who is responsible for the high-level design, planning, and methodology that make the development of a software product possible. A software architect may be in charge of:

  • Communicating with clients and other stakeholders
  • Coordinating a development team
  • Evaluating the scope of a project
  • Analyzing an existing software architecture 
  • Defining the structure and behavior of applications and their interactions
  • Validating new architectural solutions
  • Managing implementation and delivery of software architecture

How much will I earn?

The world of software development offers lucrative careers, and many opportunities open up as you gain the more advanced experience required of a software architect. Here is what you might expect to earn in your career as a software architect:

  • United States

Average: $135,00
Range: $100,000-170,000

  • United Kingdom

Average: £70,000
Range: £50,000-90,000

What are my job prospects?

This path can prepare you for the following jobs:

  • Software Architect
  • Applications Architect
  • Product Architect
  • Solution Architect
  • Software Design Specialist
  • Senior Software Developer, Programmer, Engineer, or Designer
  • Tech Lead, Technical Director, or CTO (Chief Technical Officer)

Who is eligible to enroll?

Successful students will have:

  • A degree in Computer Science or 3-5 years professional experience as a developer
  • A working knowledge of the Java programming language
  • A good level of English (for non-native speakers, a CEFR level of B2, an IELTS band score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 80 is recommended) 
  • Access to a computer (PC or Mac), webcam, and headphones/microphone
  • Internet access

What will I learn to do?

  • Extract requirements from clients
  • Audit an existing architecture
  • Research and pitch architectural solutions
  • Analyze technical debt
  • Create an architecture roadmap
  • Define business-driven tests and architecture governance frameworks
  • Develop a Proof of Concept (PoC)
  • Address changes to scope and requirements during a development lifecycle
  • ...and more!

How will I learn at OpenClassrooms?

Our learning method is unique and revolves around two elements: professional projects and dedicated mentoring sessions.


At OpenClassrooms, learning is project-driven because that’s the fastest way to become proficient. Projects offer hands-on experience so you can hit the ground running when you start your new job.  

Want to see an example of a project? Read our blog post here.


During your path, you will be assigned a mentor who will offer one-to-one support via weekly video conference sessions. This mentor will offer guidance on your projects, help define objectives and guide you until you reach the end of your program. Our mentors are dedicated professionals who are experts in their field and have experience in sharing their know-how with our students.

Your diploma

OpenClassrooms is an official private distance learning establishment registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France that grants its own diplomas as well as those of prestigious academic partners.

Upon completion of your studies and validation of your skills by an academic jury, you will earn a "Software architect" master's-level diploma.
This diploma is at level 7 on the EQF (European Qualifications Framework).

This path will be the subject of a registration application with the National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP), France compétences, in order for the level of the diploma to be recognized by the State. This process takes 8 to 18 months. If the outcome is successful, the first students will be able to retroactively claim recognition by the RNCP. If the outcome is negative, the level of the diploma will not be recognized by the State.

If you have questions about its equivalence in order to undertake further study, contact your university or master's program.

Your Job Guarantee

At OpenClassrooms we are committed to helping you find your ideal job. We promise.

By following the learning path "Software Architect", you’ll learn an exciting new profession with great career prospects.

What’s more, you’ll find a job within six months of graduating or we’ll give you your money back!

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Start toward the career of your dreams

At your own pace

$500 per month

Your perks:
  • Six-month job guarantee

  • master's-level diploma

  • Flexible duration

  • Individual mentorship

  • 12 hands-on projects

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