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Computer Programmer

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 of the Computer Programmer diploma program, you'll study at our state-of-the-art facilities on Seneca's York University campus. You'll be supported by staff, faculty and student advisors, who are committed to helping you succeed. The Computer Programmer diploma program is a four-semester program with all subjects offered in every semester. Start in the fall, winter or spring and study in four consecutive semesters or take a break in between.

Areas of Study

In the first three semesters, you'll study computer programming, operating systems, database and web technology. By the fourth semester, you'll learn data communication, security, advanced programming languages and have the opportunity to select a professional option of your choice. This program provides you with the fundamental computer programming, Internet and operating system skills required for programming-related employment.

This 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 for you to master the craft of programming and analysis. You'll also have opportunities to develop your individual and teamwork skills, better preparing you for success in the fast-paced world of business technology. Your study subjects will include programming and web programming languages, system methodologies, Internet client and server side development, design and maintenance of data base systems, data communications, security and a variety of operating systems (Windows, UNIX, Linux, IBM Business Computing).

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



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

Prepare for a career as a software developer, information systems specialist, PC specialist, IBM mid-range programmer or UNIX/Linux programmer. The technical and business skills you’ll learn in the Computer Programmer diploma program will qualify you for some of the most dynamic jobs in the computer industry today.

Professional Accreditation

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

Related Careers


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

Choose academic year:

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 Chair

Mary-Lynn Manton 416.491.5050 ext. 33264

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