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Computer Programming and Analysis

Available: Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Description

Seneca's School of Information and Communications Technology is a recognized leader in developing and delivering relevant programs. In fact, we have the largest offering of computer studies programs in the province and they are among the very best. Our advisory committee of IT business professionals reviews the subject offerings each year and the curriculum is updated to reflect current computer technology needs. As a student in the Computer Programming and Analysis (CPA) program, you'll enjoy a vast range of professional option subjects and the opportunity to specialize in semesters five and six in a computer area of your choice.

Additional features include the opportunity to specialize in business applications or technical programming in your upper years, and an optional co-op program for real-world work experience.

You'll study at Seneca's state-of-the-art technology building where staff, faculty and student advisors are committed to helping you succeed. In a recent study, more than 90% of Seneca's Information and Communications Technology students told us they were very satisfied with this program's ability to deliver relevant career skills and abilities.

The Computer Programming and Analysis advanced diploma program is a three semester per year program with core subjects offered year-round. Complete the program in consecutive semesters or take a break between semesters.

In your final year you will customize your education by selecting from a broad list of professional options. The list of options is updated regularly to reflect new technologies.

Areas of Study

The Computer Programming and Analysis program provides you with a rigorous theoretical background in object-oriented methodology, particularly in program design and system analysis. We integrate web concepts into all courses across the curriculum and focus on the development of dynamic database-driven web applications on a variety of operating system platforms. You'll enjoy small class sizes, computerized classrooms and an expert faculty. It all adds up to a supportive environment that will help you master the craft of programming and analysis. You'll also develop your individual and teamwork skills. If you have prior postsecondary credits or related work experience you may be eligible for credits or challenge exams in related subjects.

Some of the subjects you'll study include: programming and web programming languages, system methodologies (object oriented analysis and design), Internet client and server side development, design and maintenance of database systems, data communications, security and a variety of operating systems (Windows, Unix, Linux, IBM System i). In semesters five and six, you may select from a broad offering of professional options. You'll also integrate systems and technical skills in the planning and implementation of a "real-life" computer project for a business client.

Fully equipped labs and open learning areas provide you with access to a network of mid-range (IBM System i) and PC platforms utilizing today's leading operating systems: Windows, UNIX/Linux and IBM Business Computing. You'll get a computer user account and have 24/7 access from external sites to Seneca's extensive computing services. Come and see our building and lab facilities.

Open Source and Seneca

Seneca's Centre for Development of Open Technology (CDOT) has unparalleled connections with top tier open source projects such as Mozilla, creators of the Firefox web browser, and Red Hat, makers of the most successful commercial Linux operating system. In professional option subjects, students have the opportunity to work with world class developers.

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Starting in September 2019, this program will be located at Newnham Campus.



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

Earn an advanced diploma in Computer Programming and Analysis and you’ll be prepared for a rewarding career as a software developer, systems analyst, information systems specialist, database administrator, web application developer, client/server applications developer, systems programmer, game programmer, network administrator, IBM mid–range programmer or UNIX/Linux system administrator.

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Co-op

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional co-op work term(s) in a formal work environment. In most cases the work term(s) is a full-time paid position completed between two academic semesters.  In programs with limited co-op opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional co-op stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Professional Accreditation

The CPA curriculum has been accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), Canada's association for IT professionals. See for more information about CIPS.

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This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


Although not required for admission, a home PC and Internet Service Provider (ISP) are recommended for your success in the program.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

Note: ULG100 is a Supported Learning Group for ULI101. It is a fun, peer-facilitated study group to enhance your Linux/Unix learning by going over ULI101 course material covered each week. Students that attend SLG sessions on a regular basis tend to receive higher grades than students that don’t attend. This is an ungraded, but highly recommended session for all students taking ULI101, that will start in week 2 of the semester. More details are provided by your ULI101 Professor.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Ian Tipson 416.491.5050 ext. 33233

Program Interim Chair

Suzanne Abraham 416.491.5050 ext. 33265

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network