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Computer Systems Technology

Available: Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Description

Seneca's School of Information and Communications Technology is a recognized leader in the networking world. This program is built on partnerships with some of the most influential names in networking today - Cisco, IBM, Microsoft - and focuses on network design, LAN administration and microcomputer support. Courses in the first three semesters are identical to those of the Computer Networking and Technical Support (CNS) program, allowing seamless transfer between the two. A valuable optional co-op in the senior semesters gives you an opportunity to apply your learning to the real world. The fourth, fifth and sixth semesters expose you to advanced concepts and hands-on training in network design and optimization, advanced topics in security, data communication and Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), UNIX/ Linux administration, multi-player gaming administration, IBM Series i operations and connectivity, and e-commerce support.


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This is a six-semester program, with required courses available year-round. That means you can choose to complete your studies in six consecutive semesters, starting in the fall, winter or spring. Or you could take a break between semesters.

During the final three semesters, you'll have the opportunity to focus on particular areas of interest, such as security, data communications or network administration, by choosing from a list of professional options. The list of options is updated regularly to reflect new technologies.

Areas of Study

The Computer Systems Technology program is comprised of practical courses and focuses specifically on hands-on training delivered in specialty labs. You'll study in dedicated labs configured for environments such as Linux, Microsoft Windows, networking, PC hardware, Internet and IBM System i. Through these labs, you'll also gain access to stand-alone, clustered and networked PCs, along with a host of LAN servers and mid-range computers.

Your courses will include PC hardware, operating systems, Internet, HTML, UNIX/ Linux and Microsoft Windows Server administration, data communications, IBM Series i connectivity, web server installation and maintenance, Voice over Internet Protocol and security. In semesters four, five and six you may select from a broad offering of professional options and you'll get to integrate your systems and technical skills in the planning and implementation of a "real life" computer project for a business client.

And finally, you'll benefit from experience with our industry partners' innovative products first-hand. Cisco, Microsoft and IBM are all present in our labs. Work with them in class or use the open learn areas to practice your work outside of class. You'll even have 24/7 access to Seneca's extensive computing services from external sites.

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 the Software Build and Release professional option, students have the opportunity to work with world class developers on such projects.

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Also Available

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



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

Enjoy a fast–paced career as a technical support specialist, a booming area within the computer industry. Our Computer Systems Technology (CTY) program will help you develop strong technical and interpersonal skills that will expand your employment opportunities in Voice Over IP, PC Technical Support, Network Administration, Helpdesk Support, Internet Resource Management and other rapidly evolving areas that require technical support in networked environments.

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.

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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
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Program Coordinator

Nagham Kubba 416.491.5050 ext. 33593

Program Interim Chair

Suzanne Abraham 416.491.5050 ext. 33265


Paul talks about his education, the support he received at Seneca and being part of the research team that created the Fedora Arm software used on the popular Raspberry Pi computer. Video

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