Computer Systems Technology - Software Development - 559

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
From web apps and mobile apps to systems analysis and database design, learn to develop the software that everyone wants to use.

Program Highlights

  • Learn the foundational skills for software application development. This hands-on program covers key topics including a variety of programming languages, web application development, mobile application development, systems analysis, database design, quality assurance testing, technical writing, and communication skills.

What you'll learn

  • Gain experience and knowledge with a broad range of experience in software application development, databases management system and development tools.
  • Explore:
    • Web languages including HTML, CSS, JavaScript (Ajax, JSON), PHP, ASP.NET and Node.js.
    • Programming languages including Python, Java, C# and Swift
    • Mobile application development for Android and iOS
    • Database architecture using MySQL
    • Tools and frameworks including IntelliJ, Visual Studio, Android Studio, MVC, Laravel and WordPress
    • Project management including metrics for optimizing IT projects
    • Internet of Things (IoT) using Raspberry Pi
    • Machine Learning
    • Technical writing and presentations
    • Systems/business analysis

Before you begin first semester in the Computer Science and Information Technology department you can visit our New CSAIT Students page to learn about software you can install and tutorials to help you hit the ground running.

Program Length

3 academic years (6 academic semesters), plus 3 co-op semesters

The program is offered at our Fennell campus in person for six semesters, or in an online format which allows students to study for their first two years online before joining the in-person cohort for their last year of study at the Fennell Campus. Because of the in-person requirement, the online cohort is only available to domestic students.

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Program delivery

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Please note: in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes vary according to the program and some programs may be in-person only. Refer to the Program Overview for more information.



Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 12 Mathematics, MAP4C ≥ 60%; or MCT4C; or any U or equivalent

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2024 - 2025 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$881.96$785.16
Co-op Fees$226.71$248.30
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,462.71$2,387.50
Total 1st Year Fees$4,850.21

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2024 - 2025 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,525.00$8,525.00
Co-op Fees$226.71$248.30
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Per Semester$9,201.71$9,148.30
Total 1st Year Fees$18,350.01

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • With over 1100 computers in computer labs, there is no need to bring your own device.
  • Using the same tools and technologies that are used in industry today to prepare you for a dynamic career in technology.
  • Experience interactive simulations.
  • Gain valuable industry experience during co-op work terms.
  • Apply cumulative program knowledge through a capstone development project.
  • Participate in applied research and projects with industry partners to develop real-world software solutions

This co-op program has been accredited by CEWIL Canada. This represents the highest standard of achievement for co-op programs in Canada.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Co-op Format (Fall Intake)

September to DecemberJanuary to AprilMay to August
Semester 1Semester 2Vacation
Semester 3Semester 4Work Term 1 (Co-op)
Work Term 2 (Co-op)Semester 5Work Term 3 (Co-op)
Semester 6  

Co-op Format (Winter Intake)

January to AprilMay to AugustSeptember to December
Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3
Semester 4Work Term 1 (Co-op)Work Term 2 (Co-op)
Semester 5Work Term 3 (Co-op)Semester 6

Learn more about Computer Systems Technology - Software Development

Co-op Delivery and Fees

This program has a mandatory co-op, as part of the program of study.

The annual co-op fee structure can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.

For questions, please contact the Co-op Specialist listed at the bottom of the webpage.

Co-op Designation

This program offers three co-op work term opportunities but requires two completed co-op work terms for the co-op designation.

Work Term Capabilities

(which do not reflect individual experiences and exposures)

First and Second Work Term:

  • Web Technologies - HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP
  • Software Application Development - Java, C#, PHP
  • Database – SQL
  • Technical Writing
  • Help Desk Support

Third Work Term

  • Web technologies - HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP,
  • Software Application Development - Java, C#, PHP, ASP.NET, WordPress
  • Mobile Application Development- Android
  • Database- SQL, Oracle
  • Technical Writing
  • Project Planning
  • Help Desk Support

Career Opportunities

  • Software Application Developer (Web, Mobile Desktop)
  • Systems/Business Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Technical Writer
  • Software Quality Assurance Tester
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Help Desk Support
Co-op Pay RangeCo-op Pay Average
Range: $16.55 - $25.00Average: $20.00


For further information, please contact:

Natasha Turgeon, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2241
Email: natasha.turgeon [at] (Natasha Turgeon)


Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Web/Mobile/Desktop Software Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Systems/Business Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Technical Writer
  • Software Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Project Manager

Where you could work includes:

  • Technical and Information Services
  • Professional Business and Financial Services
  • Health Care Services
  • Manufacturing Services
  • Government and Education Services

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

  • Athabasca University - Bachelor of Science (PD), Bachelor of Science (PD) with Majors: Applied Mathematics, Computing Information Systems, or Human Science
  • Davenport University - Bachelor of Science, Technology Project Management
  • McMaster University -  Bachelor of Technology Degree Completion Program, Software Engineering Technology

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Tech requirements

Students are required to purchase a 1TB USB-powered Hard Drive.

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Domestic Canadian Students

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International Students

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Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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