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Make a Career of It

Note: The Computer Information Technology program is delivered at the Downtown Campus.
British Columbia’s fast growing high tech sector needs qualified IT professionals. BCIT’s Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma program is a unique two-year full-time program which introduces students to a broad range of topics, including system administration, networking, programming, database management, and web technologies such as cloud computing. Real-world industry projects, combined with core courses in communications, business, and math, enable students to develop the skills, expertise, and confidence of an industry professional. An optional co-op education component provides students with additional industry experience before they graduate.

CIT grads become IT specialists responsible for planning, deployment, administration, and configuration of computing infrastructures for organizations.

CIT is offered at BCIT’s Downtown Campus – in the heart of Vancouver – with several high-tech sector players close by. The CIT experience features industry-driven project-based learning, small classes, and a new state-of-the-art learning space opening in spring 2017.

Continue your education

Diploma graduates may pursue a two year BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation: Computer Crime, Computer Systems, Technology Management, or Business Administration on a part-time or full-time basis.

Scheduled intake

September each year. Apply now!

Related programs

Computing part-time and full-time programs.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to March 1st*

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (67%) or
    • Note: Foundations of Mathematics 12 is not acceptable

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants. Applicants on the waitlist may consider entering an equivalent part-time studies option. Please contact the Computing department for more details.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting*:

    • February 1st for level 2 (middle of first year)
    • November 1st for level 3 (start of second year)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry to Level 2 and Direct Entry to Level 3 sheets for details.

    *Applicants submitting overseas documents should apply early - assessment may take up to three or four months.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Books are expected to cost $500 to $800 per term.
(General estimated cost, subject to change)

Students in CIT must have their own Windows-compatible laptop for use in the program. Information on the required specifications will be provided to accepted applicants. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1000 to $2000.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  ACIT 1100 CIT Program Fundamentals 1.0
  ACIT 1515 Object Oriented Programming 6.0
  ACIT 1620 Fundamental Web Technologies 4.0
  ACIT 1630 Database Systems 4.0
  ACIT 1640 User Interface Design 4.0
  COMM 1116 Business Communications 1 4.0
  MATH 1310 Technical Math for IT 4.0
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour 3.0
Level 2 Credits
  ACIT 2101 Portfolio Development* 2.0
  ACIT 2515 Software Design and Data Structures 4.0
  ACIT 2520 Developing Web Applications 4.0
  ACIT 2620 Principles of Enterprise Networking 4.0
  ACIT 2730 Software Processes 4.0
  ACIT 2910 Projects* ** 6.0
  BUSA 2720 Business in a Networked Economy 4.0
  COMM 2216 Business Communications 2 4.0
  MATH 1350 Statistics for Information Technology 4.0
Level 3 Credits
  ACIT 3620 Systems Administration using Linux 4.0
  ACIT 3630 Information Assurance and Security 4.0
  ACIT 3640 Cloud Computing and Enterprise Virtualization 4.0
  ACIT 3650 Mobile Computing and Device Management 4.0
  ACIT 3770 IT Project Management 4.0
  ACIT 3910 Database Administration and Management 4.0
Level 4 Credits
  ACIT 3900 Computer Projects Practicum 1 5.0
  ACIT 4620 Enterprise Systems Administration 4.0
  ACIT 4650 Collaboration and Content Management Systems Administration 4.0
  ACIT 4660 Introduction to Business Intelligence 4.0
  ACIT 4770 Legal and Ethical Issues in IT 2.0
  ACIT 4850 Integrative Programming and Technologies 4.0
  ACIT 4900 Computer Projects Practicum 2* 5.0
  ACIT 4910 Database Backup, Recovery and Tuning 4.0
Co-op Work Term Courses (Optional)
to be completed after Level 2 and prior to Level 4
  ACIT 2990 Co-operative Education Workterm 1 16.0
  ACIT 3990 Co-operative Education Workterm 2 16.0

All courses are 15 weeks in duration except where otherwise noted.

* denotes a five-week course, delivered from late April through to the end of May.

** ACIT 2910 is optional for students who successfully complete one term of co-op education.

Total Credits: 122.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The CIT is a unique program that aims to train students technical experts in various computing technologies including database, network administration, web technology, and security. Graduates will be IT specialists responsible for planning, deployment, administration, and configuration of computing infrastructures for organizations.

Industry Sponsored Student Projects

The Industry Sponsored Student Projects program (ISSP) provides students with real-life experience by working on IT or software projects directly from industry. Students work in teams or individually with an industry sponsor, proceeding through the development life-cycle to develop a complete IT or software solution.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Students participating in co-op will need one or two extra terms for graduation.

In order to be eligible for graduation, students who are not completing the co-op must complete the diploma program requirements within three years of entering the program. Those who graduate with a co-op designation have 5 years to complete the program.

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

Graduates of the Computer Information Technology Diploma program may pursue a BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation: Computer Crime or Computer Systems.

The degree programs are an extension of the diploma program, providing the competitive advantage for students to learn advanced technological and management skills to help graduates be better positioned in the IT workplace

Co-operative education

The optional co-op component of the CIT program provides students with substantial benefits in their IT career preparation, given that employers are more eager to hire graduates who have had some co-op experience. Students opting for Co-op are required to meet year 1 performance qualification criteria. Students will require a minimum of two four-month co-op terms to graduate with a co-op designation on their CIT diploma. These two co-op terms could be back to back, or in two separate terms, but they must happen before the final term of the program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Graduates from the CIT diploma program will fit well into all industries by using information technology to support and enhance business operations. CIT graduates use their knowledge of the latest technologies including database and network administration to offer integrated solutions. Typical employment opportunities include systems tester, systems integrator, network administrator, user support technician, and database administrator. After several years of relevant work experience, graduates are employed as system analyst, security analyst, project manager, team lead, etc.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

All general inquiries

Email: cit_inquiries@bcit.ca


Maureen Bell
Program Assistant

Rob Neilson
Program Head, CIT Diploma

Bethany Edmunds
Associate Dean

Full-time faculty

Benjamin Yu, Instructor
Chi En Huang, Instructor
Henry Leung, Instructor
Jim Parry, Instructor
Lei Zhang, Instrucor
Mandeep Pannu, Instructor
Medhat Elmasry, Instructor
Patrick Neal, Instructor
Qussay Salih, Instructor
Richard Chau, Instructor
Steve Fabiszewski, Instructor

Advisory committee

BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to industry. In Computing, this connection is formalized through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of experts in a range of roles from a cross-section of companies. The department consults regularly to ensure program currency and relevance.

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