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Qualified IT professionals are in high demand. The Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma program is a unique two-year credential that prepares graduates for IT systems management/administration and computer-related careers.

The program

CIT students are introduced to a broad range of technologies including database, networking administration, web technologies and security. Graduates will be IT specialists responsible for planning, deployment, administration and configuration of computing infrastructures for organizations. Combined with core courses in communications, business, math and the real-world aspect of two industry projects students will develop the necessary confidence and expertise of an industry professional - in just two years!

An optional co-op education component of the CIT program provides students with substantial benefits given that employers are eager to hire graduates who have had some co-op experience. Co-op students may undertake four or eight month work placements commencing in May.

Diploma graduates from the CIT diploma program have the following skills:

  • Foundation skills: software processes and programming fundamentals, communications, business processes and project planning
  • Database related skills: data modelling, database design, administration and management
  • Computing infrastructure skills: network administration and security and information systems
  • Internet related skills: web technologies and human computer interface.

Continue your education

Diploma graduates may pursue a two year BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems on a part-time or full-time basis.

Scheduled intake

September each year. Apply now!

Related programs

School of Computing part-time and full-time programs.

Info Session Videos

Info session videos are available, sharing student testimonials, alumni perspectives, and interviews with a co-op coordinator and an industry CIO.

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 / Transfer Credit

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
Apply Now

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 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.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

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

In addition, it is strongly recommended that all students in the program should own a computer suitable to run software used in their courses. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on 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.

Courses

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 3900 Computer Projects Practicum 1 5.0
  ACIT 3910 Database Administration and Management 4.0
 
Level 4 Credits
  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
Credits
  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

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

The CIT Diploma ladders directly into the Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems Technology. Graduates of the Computer Information Technology Diploma program may pursue a BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems degree. The degree program is 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 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 Graduates. The reports are organized into two-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: Program_Advising@bcit.ca

Administration

Maureen Bell
Program Assistant
Email: Maureen_Bell@bcit.ca
Phone: 604-412-7489

Bethany Edmunds
Program Head, CIT Diploma
email: Bethany_Edmunds@bcit.ca
phone: 604-432-8373

Rob Neilson
Program Head, CST Diploma
email: Rob_Neilson@bcit.ca
phone: 604-432-8852

Steve Eccles
Dean
Email: Steve_Eccles@bcit.ca
Phone: 604-432-8920

Dean Hildebrand
Associate Dean
Email: Dean_Hildebrand@bcit.ca
Phone: 604-451-6867

Christen Yee
Operations Manager
email: Christen_Yee@bcit.ca
phone: 604-451-7190

Cynthia Van Ginkel
Business Development Manager
email: Cynthia_van_Ginkel@bcit.ca
phone: 604-451-6834

Shebia Leung
Marketing Coordinator/Industry Liaison
Email: Shebia_Leung@bcit.ca
Phone: 604-453-4021

Full-time faculty

Abdulla, Aman, Option Head - Data Communications & Network Security
Borissova, Olga, Assistant Instructor
Chau, Richard, Instructor
Elmasry, Medhat, Instructor, Option Head - Web & Mobile (.NET)
Fabiszewski, Steve, Instructor
Ferguson, Arron, Instructor
Gutica, Mirela, Option Head - Technical Programming
Harrison, Jason, Instructor, Option Head - Web & Mobile (PhP)
Huang, ChiEn, Instructor
Hunter, Aaron, Instructor
Ishebabi, Harold, Instructor
Kult, Andrew, Instructor
Link, Bruce, Option Head - Information Systems
Lord, Trevor, Instructor
Noureddin, Borna, Instructor
Wong-Orr, Carly, Instructor
Parry, Jim, Instructor
Randhawa, Tejinder, Option Head - Client/Server
Richards, Dennis, Option Head - Digital Processing
Smith, D'Arcy, Instructor, Option Head - Web & Mobile (iOS)
Tang, Keith, Option Head - Database
Wei, Albert, Instructor
Yu, Benjamin, Instructor

Advisory committee

Ed Capko, (Chair), Microsoft Canada Co.
Beier Cai, HootSuite
Andre Brisson, Whitenoise Laboratories Inc.
Martin DesRosiers, Nucleus Networks
Nelson Gillette, Telus, Vancouver
Jose Gonzales, WorkSafe BC
Tom Handley, Fujitsu Consulting
Al-Karim Kara, Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia
Ritzwan Kheraj, National Research Council - IRAP Pacific
Lawell Kiing, SAP Business Objects
Gord Locke, Quartech Systems Ltd.
Derek Manky, Fortinet
Peter John McFarlane, Habanero Consulting Group
Tanya Miller, HootSuite
Noel Pullen, HootSuite
Donabel Santos, QueryWorks Solutions
Ted. S. Singh, Embedded Automation Inc.
Sarah Spratley, SAP Labs Canada
John Tolkamp, Ainsworth Engineering Canada LP
Dr. Carson Woo, Sauder School of Business
Kevin Cudihee, Program Head, Part-Time Studies, BCIT

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