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

Program Details

  • Program Code:3429
  • School:School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
  • Credential:Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type:Fast-track program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Centennial College's three-year Software Engineering Technology program grants qualified college or university graduates with a background in software direct admission into year two (semester three) so they may receive their advanced diploma in two years (four semesters).

Through coverage of modern programming languages, design and algorithm concepts, data management tools, systems integration, enterprise programming, mobile computing and software security, you learn to design, develop and maintain software systems.

The course work in this Software Engineering Technology (Fast-Track) program 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/XML, Ajax and rich Internet applications technologies, mobile application development, cloud computing, data mining and more.

To highlight the applied focus of the curriculum, this college technology program includes two software development projects that require you to use all the technical and business skills you acquired in the program as you build higher quality software.

Co-op Option

The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete three work terms as a paid employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.

To participate in programs with optional co-op, students will typically complete an application process in the second semester of their studies, and if academically qualified, will be admitted to the co-op program. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

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Companies Offering Jobs

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

Program Highlights

  • Courses in this Software Engineering Technology (Fast-Track) program make use of leading technology geared to industry standards.
  • Technical electives and project-based learning are key program components.
  • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials.
  • The program also offers a co-op option (program #3439). Students who choose this option partake in a paid co-op experience, and gain practical experience and network.
  • Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) or their provincial engineering technology association.


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


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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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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 experience

Additional Requirements

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of Semester 2 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program at the end of Semester 2
  • Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for COOP221 in Semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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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 Ontariocolleges.ca. 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca 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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

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 Ontariocolleges.ca 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 my.centennialcollege.ca.

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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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

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