Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering Technology (Optional Co-op) (Online)


Program Description

Program Details

  • Program Code: 3469
  • School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
  • Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type: Post-secondary program
  • Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters
  • Start Date: Fall, Winter
  • Location: Online

Program Overview

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Software is taking the planet by storm and Centennial College's Software Engineering Technology program will provide you with three years of learning in designing, developing, and maintaining software systems.

During this time, you'll attend advanced diploma courses that will cover modern programming languages, design and algorithm concepts, data management tools, and modern software engineering methodologies. The program will also expose you to a solid knowledge of systems integration, enterprise programming, mobile computing, and software security specialization.

The coursework in this college engineering program 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, Python, Microsoft's ASP.NET Core, HTML5/JavaScript/Angular, mobile application development, emerging web frameworks, cloud computing, data mining and more.

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

The knowledge you'll 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 or the co-op optional version, #3439).

Program Highlights

  • Software Engineering Technology courses incorporate the use of leading technology geared to industry standards.
  • Project-based learning is 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 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.

Program Outline

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2
  • COMP-100 Programming I
  • COMP-120 Software Engineering Fundamentals
  • COMP-213 Web Interface Design
  • GNED-219 The Canadian Workplace Experience
  • MATH-175 Functions and Number Systems
  • COMP-122 Introduction to Database Concepts
  • COMP-123 Programming 2
  • COMP-125 Client-Side Web Development
  • COMP-225 Software Engineering Methodologies 1
  • COMP-301 Unix/Linux Operating Systems
  • MATH-185 Discrete Mathematics
  • COMP-214 Advanced Database Concepts
  • COMP-228 Java Programming
  • COMP-229 Web Application Development
  • COMP-246 Object-Oriented Software Engineering
  • ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications
  • GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
  • CNET-124 Fundamentals of Computer Networks
  • COMP-212 Programming 3
  • COMP-254 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • COMP-304 Mobile Applications Development
  • COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics

  • COMP-231 Software Development Project I
  • COMP-255 Business and Entrepreneurship for Software Engineering Technology
  • COMP-303 Java EE Programming
  • COMP-306 API Engineering and Cloud Computing
  • COMP-307 Software Security
  • COMP-309 Data Warehousing and Data Mining in HCIS

  • CNET-307 IT Project Management
  • COMP-308 Emerging Technologies
  • COMP-313 Software Development Project 2
  • COMP-321 Systems Integration
  • ELECT 1 Technical Elective 1
  • EMPS-102 Employment Skills 2
  • GNED General Education Elective

Semester Note:
Technical Electives:

  • COMP387 Clinical Workflow and IT Solutions
  • COMP397 Web Game Programming

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.

  • Analyze and define the specifications of a software system based on user requirements.  
  • Design, implement, test, and document software systems based on specifications and software engineering methodologies.  
  • Apply object-oriented design concepts and principles to the software development process.  
  • Test, verify, and evaluate procedures to assess software quality, and improve software performance.  
  • Design, the model, implement, and maintain a database.  
  • Develop and maintain software systems through the application of networking concepts.  
  • Analyze, design, and implement integrated solutions that address issues of security.  
  • Work effectively as a member of a software development team on the design, implementation, and testing of a software system where no one person has complete knowledge of the entire system.  
  • Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.  
  • Interpret, create, and present work-related documents and information effectively and accurately.  
  • Analyze the social, ethical, and legal issues that face software engineers to contribute in a positive and productive manner in society.  
  • Identify and implement strategies to improve job performance and promote personal and professional growth.

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Career Options, Academic Pathways, and Partners

Companies Offering Jobs

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

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.

Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program. Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify to transfer credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Davenport University, USA
  • Guelph, University of, Ontario
  • McMaster University, Ontario
  • Ontario Tech University

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

Career Outlook

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

Areas of Employment

  • Banks
  • Government
  • Public institutions
  • Software companies
  • Small and medium businesses

Admission Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency

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 an 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, may be admitted to the co-op program. Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for the co-op preparation course as scheduled. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential.

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 (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 as scheduled

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

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Cente ... Read More

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Centennial promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education, and industry placements Read less