Trades and Technology

Computer Programmer Analyst

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Work on industry-based projects


Train for this highly in-demand field. Computer systems are everywhere and are used in virtually every industry. Learn to create the programs and software for devices that people use every day. Training includes application software, systems development, and computer programming with a business focus. 

Your Future Career

  • Website designer 
  • Desktop application programmer
  • Systems/business analyst
  • Database administrator 
  • Support specialist 

What You Learn

  • Systems analysis and design 
  • Computer programming (in multiple programming languages)
  • Desktop application programming
  • Website design 
  • Internet enabled software 
  • Operating systems (client and server)

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U, Grade 12 Math (C or U) or Grade 11 Math (U or M)

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is an expedited study permit processing program for those who are applying to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI). The language requirement is more stringent than listed above, as such an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in each language skill: listening, reading, writing and speaking is required.

For more information on the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program please see:

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CST105 IT Essentials
CST102 Introduction to UNIX/Linux
CIS142 Programming Fundamentals
CMM125 College Communications
STS100 Student Success

Semester 2

CIS115 Introduction to Databases & SQL
CST115 Networking Fundamentals
CIS163 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
CIS123 Web Programming Principles
GENED General Education Elective - Online (CPA Sem2)

Semester 3

CIS215 Database Design and SQL
CIS262 Object-Oriented Software Development Using C++
CIS205 Systems Analysis - Requirements Gathering
CIS224 Web Programming Client and Framework
GENED General Education Elective - Online (CPA Sem 3)

Semester 4

CIS230 Visual Basic
CIS263 Programming in Java
CIS288 System Analysis - Design and Implementation
CIS225 Web Programming Server and Framework
CMM230 Business Report

Semester 5

CIS320 Project Planning and Management
CIS325 Programming in C#
CIS340 Advanced Scripting with Ruby and Python
CIS355 Database Connectivity Using Java

Semester 6

CIS354 Project Implementation
CIS370 Intro to AI Programming
CIS373 Intro to Game Programming
CIS384 Web Programming Using PHP

2019-2020 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Commerce Court Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1046.72 - 1186.72 - - $3906.96
2 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 - - $3771.96
3 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 - - $3771.96

2019-2020 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Commerce Court Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12422.97 $1696.72 - 1773.72 - - $14196.69
2 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 - - $14061.69
3 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 - - $14061.69

Students must have a personal laptop for use in this program. The computer must meet minimum specifications:

  • PC - Windows Laptop with a minimum 7th Gen i7 processor
  • Minimum 16 GB of RAM (more is better)
  • Minimum 1 TB of storage through a combination of internal and external hard drives. Recommended the internal hard drive is a solid state drive (SSD)

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

Ontario College Advanced Diploma 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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