This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students for a career in software development. The program also specializes in program development strategies (using object-oriented modelling), database design and database administration.
Approximately 75 percent of the curriculum consists of courses in applications programming; programming languages; object-oriented analysis and design; operating systems; coding in integrated development environments; debugging, testing, and maintenance of code; database design, implementation, and administration. The balance of the curriculum consists of courses in oral and written communications, mathematics and others useful in the life-long learning required by software developers.
In the final year, students participate in a program-culminating real-world team project through the Algonquin College Applied Research and Innovation department and an individual project exploring programming languages. Due to the constantly evolving nature of the information technology (IT) environment, the program places emphasis on preparing students to become independent learners.
Students have access to modern computing facilities in the School of Advanced Technology, such as Windows and Linux-based workstations, linked in an internal wireless network with access to the Internet. An extensive repository of software is available on the network. Additional software is available through the department-sponsored Microsoft DreamSpark Alliance, other vendor agreements and from software supplied under the mobile technology fee.
This program offers two cooperative education (Co-op) Work Term(s) option. Qualified students with a minimum GPA of 2.7, have the opportunity to apply for paid co-op employment to gain valuable work experience and networks within industry. *See Additional Information for more details.
The two program start dates each year are at the beginning of the Fall and Winter Terms.
Algonquin College Highlights
Number of Campuses
3.7 million CAD
Student Retention Rate
Total number of programs
Mode of Programmes
Full time, Part time, Online
Work Study Program
Yes, for full time programs
Cost of Attendance
Bursaries, Scholarship, Awards
IELTS/TOEFL or Algonquin EAP program
Algonquin College Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses
Tuition & Books (1 Year)
Includes Tuition, Health Insurance, Upass (bus pass)
and Student Access Fees (8-Month Academic Year)