Software Engineering Technology

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Program Code: 3409

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

The Software Engineering Technology program provides you with three years worth of learning in designing, developing and maintaining software systems.

During this time, you attend Software Engineering Technology courses that cover modern programming languages, design and algorithm concepts, data management tools and modern software engineering methodologies. The program also exposes you to a solid knowledge of systems integration, enterprise programming, mobile computing and software security specialization.

The course work emphasizes 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/JavaScript/XML, mobile application development, Ajax and rich internet applications technologies, cloud computing, data mining, and more.

To round out the technical focus of the curriculum, the Software Engineering Technology program includes two software development projects. For these real-world business applications you put into action all the technical, systems and business skills acquired during your courses to build higher quality software.

The knowledge and hands-on experience you obtain in Software Engineering Technology will enable you to design and develop various kinds of software applications, human-computer interfaces and enterprise information systems.

Please note: Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software may gain direct admission into semester 3 of this three-year program and receive their Software Engineering Technology advanced diploma in four semesters (program #3429, 3439 (co-op version)).

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
COMP-100 Programming I Progress Campus
COMP-120 Software Engineering Fundamentals Progress Campus
COMP-213 Web Interface Design Progress Campus
GNED-219 The Canadian Workplace Experience Progress Campus
MATH-175 Functions and Number Systems Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMP-122 Introduction to Database Concepts Progress Campus
COMP-123 Programming 2 Progress Campus
COMP-125 Client-Side Web Development Progress Campus
COMP-225 Software Engineering Methodologies 1 Progress Campus
COMP-301 Unix/Linux Operating Systems Progress Campus
MATH-185 Discrete Mathematics Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
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
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
Semester 4
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
ELECT Technical Elective Progress Campus
MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics Progress Campus

Semester Note

Semester 4 Technical Electives:
COMP387 Clinical Workflow and IT Solutions
COMP397 Web Game Programming
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-303 Java EE Programming Progress Campus
COMP-304 Wireless Programming Progress Campus
COMP-306 API Engineering and Cloud Computing Progress Campus
COMP-307 Software Security Progress Campus
COMP-309 Data Warehousing and Data Mining in HCIS Progress Campus
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
COMP-308 Emerging Technologies Progress Campus
COMP-313 Software Development Project 2 Progress Campus
COMP-321 Systems Integration Progress Campus
ELECT 2 Technical Elective 2 Progress Campus
EMPS-102 Employment Skills 2 Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Semester Note

Semester 6 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

IBM Canada, ManuLife, Royal Bank, CIBC, RBC, Bell Canada, Scotiabank, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), American Express, Toronto Stock Exchange

Program Highlights

  • Software Engineering Technology courses incorporate use of leading technology geared to industry standards.
  • Technical electives and project-based learning are a key component of the offering.
  • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials.
  • This program is also delivered in a version that includes a paid co-op option. Students who choose this version (program #3419) are introduced to some of the biggest names in the industry with whom they are able to network in addition to gaining experience that puts them ahead of the competition — before they even graduate.
  • Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) or their provincial engineering technology association.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified Software Engineering Technology graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College.

Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Davenport University, USA
  • Laurentian University, Ontario
  • Ryerson University, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario


  • The Canadian Information Processing Society 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.
  • 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).


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

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission (score of 170 or 171 is required for admission)
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment 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

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

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

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

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)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

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.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $950.00 $3,717.00
International $12,800.00 $2,145.00 $14,945.00