Innovate for Tomorrow
Progress is driven by people like you — innovators who see beyond what is, to what’s possible. Whether you’re writing software, configuring secure networks, or designing circuits, Seneca’s expert professors, robust industry partnerships and cutting-edge labs provide you with a full range of learning opportunities. We have the most comprehensive offering of information and communications technology programs in the province.
Learn to create game-changing innovations that will fuel Canada’s digital future. Our programs meet national and provincial accreditation requirements of government organizations that certify academic programs. Our programs deliver acombination of knowledge and experience that will prepare you to thrive in a field that is central to every organization.
Overview of our academic programs
The School of School of Software Development and Data Science academic programs are designed as full-time and day-school programs, with an attendance-required classroom-delivery mode. Classes can be scheduled any time in a Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 7:00pm block.
Can I be a part-time student?
If your personal situation suggests that you cannot enrol in the typical five courses per academic term course load, then it is possible to enrol in fewer courses per term. This requires careful planning, because some courses are offered in the fall-term only, while others are offered only in the winter term. Prerequisites also play an important role, with course sequencing. The curriculum plan has the details, and your program coordinator can provide advice for those who are considering this scenario.
Part time student, while working full time
While it is possible to attempt a small number of classes each semester, we do not encourage that for those who work full time during the day. Why? The timetable challenges are significant, because most classes are scheduled twice per week, in a two-hour/period block (which could be scheduled any time between 8:00am and 7:00pm). If, for example, a student attempts two classes in an academic term, it is possible that they would be scheduled on four separate days, at different times on each day. Next, due to the attendance requirement, employer accommodation and agreement is required to cover the workplace absences during the daytime. Overall, it's a significant challenge.
Can I be in a program while working full time?
No. It really is not practical to work full time and be in a program. They are challenging programs, with significant workloads, and in-class attendance is required.
As a result, if a person intends to work full-time (at a daytime job) and be a student in a program, then our programs are not a good match for that scenario. As an alternative, other degree-level technology programs at Toronto-area universities offer evening or weekend courses, while other institutions offer online courses (for example, Athabasca University). Both support the needs of full time workers in a better manner.
These programs are offered with the consent of the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, in the Province of Ontario. (In June 2016, the Government of Ontario renamed the former Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities to this new name.)
Each program undergoes a rigourous assessment for quality assurance every five to seven years, by a panel of independent subject matter experts. The panel reports the findings to the Minister.
- More information about the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board is at this link
- More information about the quality-assurance process is at this link
A graduate earns a Baccalaureate/Bachelor's Degree: Honours degree, as defined by the Ontario Qualifications Framework. The degree names are Honours Bachelor of Technology (Informatics and Security), and Honours Bachelor of Technology (Software Development).
- More information on the Ontario Qualifications Framework is at this link; questions and answers are at this link
- More information about the Baccalaureate/Bachelor's Degree: Honours is at this link
The IFS degree program provides you with the critical knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career in information security and network technology. You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge of informatics, security, and law with practical applications that directly address critical business and communication requirements deemed essential by employers..
Gain training in specialty labs configured for various environments such as Linux. Microsoft Windows, networking, PC hardware, Internet, IBM Power Systems/IBM iSeries. Through these labs you'll have access to standalone, clustered and networked PC's along with a host of LAN servers and mid-range computers. Experience is gained using many vendor products including CISCO, Microsoft, IBM Power Series/IBM iSeries as well as various help desk support tools. Courses in this program are hands-on, helping you get the most out of your studies. Some of the courses you'll learn by experience include: computer hardware, applied Internet technology, system diagnostics, local area network installation and maintenance, data communication techniques and network administrative tasks.
This program is built on partnerships with some of the most influential names on networking today – CISCO, IBM, Microsoft – and focuses on network design, LAN administration and microcomputer support. Gain training in networking, PC hardware and Internet concepts in specialty labs configured for various environments such as Linux, Microsoft Windows and IBM Power Series/IBM iSeries. Through these labs you’ll have access to standalone, clustered and networked PC’s along with a host of LAN servers and mid-range computers. In addition, there is an optional co-op work component built into the curriculum to help hone your skills in industry and build contacts ahead of graduation.
In this eight-month graduate certificate program, you will learn about the advances in project management taking place in the Information Technology (IT) industry. This program teaches an understanding of when to apply methodologies in the IT industry, including when each methodology is appropriate to use. This program will also refine your project management skills by providing an enhanced awareness of IT projects, programs and policies in two consecutive semesters. This program offers an optional work term for students to gain practical experience in the IT sector prior to graduation.
As a graduate of this eight-month Cybersecurity and Threat Management program, you will be equipped with cutting-edge best practices and skills in communication, information security, project management, problem-solving and more. The industry capstone project and optional work term will give you hands-on experience and position you for a career in one of the world’s fastest-growing fields.