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

Program Code: 3439

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Fast-track program

Program Length: 2 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

The Software Engineering Technology (Fast Track, Co-op) program is designed to get you into the field quicker — with real world experience — if you have a background in software.

Qualified college or university graduates may gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of the three-year program and receive their advanced diploma in four semesters (plus two work terms).

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 software — you will design, develop and maintain it.

This School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program will teach you about modern software engineering methodologies, programming languages, design and algorithm concepts, and data management tools. Through hands-on experience, you will also learn to develop various software applications, human computer interfaces and enterprise information systems.

The Software Engineering Technology (Fast Track, Co-op) 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, cloud computing, data mining, and software security. 

To further spotlight the applied focus of the curriculum, the program will include two software development projects. To complete these assignments you will use all your technical and business skills to build higher quality software.

The experience will prepare you for the field and for the offering’s co-op component. You will enhance your education by working two terms as a paid employee in the field. The experience will see you put classroom learning into practice and provide valuable contacts for a future career.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
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 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-124 Fundamentals of Computer Networks 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 Pre-placement Progress Campus
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP222 Co-op Work Placement 1 follows Semester 4.
COOP331 Co-op Work Placement 2 follows COOP222 for students beginning the program in Fall semester.

Semester 4 Technical Electives:
COMP387 Clinical Workflow and IT Solutions
COMP397 Web Game Programming
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
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 Note

COOP331 Co-op Work Placement 2 follows Semester 5 for students beginning the program in Winter semester.

Semester 3 Technical Electives:
COMP305 Game Programming 1
COMP317 Software Quality Assurance and Test Management
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
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
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 Note

Semester 4 Technical Electives:

COMP305 Game Programming 1

COMP317 Software Quality Assurance and Test Management

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

Companies Offering Jobs

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

Program Highlights

  • Leading-edge technology geared to industry standards will be used in the Software Engineering Technology (Fast Track, Co-op) courses.
  • Among key components of the program will be technical electives and project-based learning.
  • You will learn from knowledgeable and approachable faculty members who have diverse business experience and academic credentials.
  • The co-op experience will see you working for eight months in total. During this time, you will introduce yourself to some of the biggest names in the industry, gain experience, network and get ahead of the competition — all before graduation.


  • 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.
  • The Software Engineering Technology (Fast Track, Co-op) 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).


Please note: 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.

Career Outlook

  • Software developer
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Software tester
  • Computer programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Web application developer
  • Database administrator
  • Applications or software support

Academic Requirements

  • 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

Additional Requirements

  • Transcript and resume review is required
  • Centennial College English Skills Assessment is required (must score 170 or 171 for admission)

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

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You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

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You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

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Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.