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Qualified IT professionals are in high demand. Computing and information technology touches almost every facet of our lives so it's not surprising that BCIT’s Computer Systems Technology (CST) full-time programs have produced over 4,000 graduates in four decades! The CST diploma is an established and widely recognized two-year credential highly regarded by employers in a wide range of computing environments.

The program

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After completing a common 1st year (levels 1 and 2), students choose from one of seven options listed  to the right for the 2nd year (levels 3 and 4). These options, combined with core courses in communications, business, math and the real-world aspect of two industry projects, enable you to develop the necessary confidence and expertise of an industry professional - in just two years.

An optional co-op education component of the CST program provides students with substantial benefits given that employers are eager to hire graduates who have had some co-op experience. Students will require a minimum of two four-month co-op terms before the final term to graduate with a co-op designation.

Diploma graduates will:

  • Develop application software using programming languages such as C, C++, C#, and Java.
  • Build desktop and Internet based applications with workable user interfaces.
  • Manage the software development process with tools such as Source Safe or Subversion.

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 intakes

September and January each year.

Related programs

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