Apple and MSU Partner to Launch Detroit-Based Developer Academy

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


January 13, 2021

By: Caroline Brooks and Kelly Mazurkiewicz


Apple and Michigan State University announced that they will partner to launch the tech giant’s first United States-based Developer Academy in Detroit.

“We’re grateful for the partnership this opportunity brings to Michigan,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Apple is the perfect partner for us to help educate and prepare a diverse generation of coders, tech leaders and entrepreneurs, and Detroit — Michigan’s innovative technology and premier urban hub — is the right location for this academy. There is tremendous potential for this project moving forward and we’re excited to get started.”  


Why was Detroit selected for the first U.S. location? 

Since the birth of the auto industry, Detroit has been the assembly line for the world’s imagination by driving innovation and building diverse communities through employment and training opportunities.

Detroit is a city of design and creative arts, as well as a quickly growing tech sector and startup ecosystem. The city has a vibrant and diverse entrepreneur and developer community and the investment in the Apple Developer Academy with MSU will help support its growth.


Who can apply to enroll in The Apple Developer Academy? 

The Apple Developer Academy with MSU will be open to all Michiganders. There will be a competitive application process designed to create diverse cohorts of students.


What is the length of the program, and what can students expect to learn? 

The Academy program lasts one year and students will go through a curriculum covering coding, design, entrepreneurship and an array of professional skills. Then, MSU will offer an accompanying month-long program designed for learners who are considering app economy careers and looking to better understand what it means to be a developer.


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