Software Engineering Technology (Fast Track, Co-op) 3439

About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 3439
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Fast-track program
Program Length: 2 years/ 6 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Progress Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of the three-year program and receive their Software Engineering Technology Advanced diploma in four semesters (plus two work terms).

The Fast-track Software Engineering Technology program will prepare you to design, develop and maintain software systems. You will learn modern programming languages, design and algorithm concepts and data management tools. The acquired knowledge and hands-on experience will enable you to design and develop various kinds of software applications, human-computer interfaces and enterprise information systems.

The course work will emphasize object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, Software Testing and QA, C#, Java, Java EE, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Unix/Linux, Microsoft’s .NET, HTML5/XML, Ajax and Rich Internet Applications technologies, Mobile Computing and Software Security.

Unix/Linux, Microsoft’s .NET, HTML5/XML, Rational/WebSphere, Ajax and Rich Internet Applications technologies, Mobile Computing, Software Security and more.

To underscore the applied focus of the curriculum, the program will include two software development projects .

This program offers a co-op component.  Academically qualified students can enhance their education by working two terms as paid employees in the field.  The experience allows students to put classroom learning into practice and provides valuable contacts for future careers.

The Software Engineering Technology program is a fully CIPS/CTAB accredited program.

Whether you balance the books, edit photographs or produce a movie, it wouldn’t be possible without the latest software programs. Now you won’t just be using the software; you’ll design, develop and maintain it. Learn about modern software engineering methodologies, programming languages, design and algorithm concepts, and data management tools. Develop various software applications, human computer interfaces and enterprise information systems. Want to specialize further? Continue into the technology year (year three) and acquire solid knowledge of systems integration, enterprise programming, mobile computing and software security specialization.

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
COMP-214 Advanced Database Concepts Progress Campus
COMP-228 JAVA Programming Progress Campus
COMP-229 Web Application Development Progress Campus
COMP-246 Object Oriented Software Engineering Progress Campus
GNED-219 The Canadian Workplace Experience Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-124 Network Technologies Progress Campus
CNET-329 Business and ICT Progress Campus
COMP-212 Programming 3 Progress Campus
COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance Progress Campus
COOP-221 Employment Preplacement Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics Progress Campus
Technical Electives:
COMP387 Clinical Workflow and IT Solutions
COMP397 Web Game Programming

Semester 5 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-303 Java EE Programming Progress Campus
COMP-308 Emerging Technologies Progress Campus
COMP-321 Systems Integration Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus

Semester 6 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMP-304 Wireless Programming Progress Campus
COMP-306 Web Service Programming Progress Campus
COMP-307 Software Security Progress Campus
COMP-309 Data Warehousing and Data Mining in HCIS Progress Campus
COMP-313 Software Development Project 2 Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus
Semester 5 and 6 Technical Electives:
COMP305 Game Programming 1
COMP380 Structure of HCIS
COMP381 Tools, Algorithms and Methods for HCIS
COMP382 Computer Techniques in Medical Imaging
COMP383 Data Security and Privacy Policies in HCIS
COMP384 Telehealth
COMP392 Advanced Graphics
COMP396 Game Programming 2

Career Outlook

Graduates from this program are prepared for entry-level positions as:


Software developers

  • Software testers
  • Computer programmers
  • Systems analysts
  • Business analysts
  • Web application developers
  • Database administrators
  • Applications or software supports

Organizations that have hired Software Technology diploma graduates include:


  • CIBC
  • ManuLife
  • Royal Bank
  • Scotiabank
  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  • Toronto Stock Exchange

Program Highlights


  • Opportunity exists for eight months of paid co-op experience
  • Courses are delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards
  • Technical electives and project-based learning are key components
  • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials

The Software Engineering Technology program is a fully CIPS/CTAB accredited program.

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Canadian Council of Technician and Technologies (CCTT) jointly approved accreditation of this program in 2011.  This joint accreditation is the first of its kind in Canada.  Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either CIPS or their provincial engineering technology association.

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program
The Software Engineering Technology program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist
OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Software Engineering Technology program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College.  In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


Start constructing the next groundbreaking software through a business model software development project – this real world application will require you to use all your technical and business skills to build higher quality software. Then with the co-op option, introduce yourself to some of the biggest names in the industry during your paid co-op starting in your fourth semester. Gain experience, network and get ahead of the competition—all before graduation.


  • College diploma or university degree in computer science, information technology, software engineering or a related discipline
  • We will consider applicants with a combination of partial diploma or degree and relevant work experiences
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Career Outlook

Companies that have hired graduates from our Software Engineering Technology diploma programs include:

  • CIBC
  • Bell Canada
  • Hudson's Bay Company
  • IBM Canada
  • ManuLife
  • Royal Bank

Career options include: software developer, software tester, computer programmer, business analyst, web applications developer, database administrator and software support.

Centennial’s SET graduates work here:
American Express, Bell Canada, IBM Canada, Manulife, Scotiabank, Toronto Stock Exchange, CIBC and RBC.

*CIPS and CTAB Accreditation programs