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The Computer Systems Technology Diploma in Part-time Studies (CST/PTS) continues on from the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC), and provides advanced software, and web development skills, with higher levels of computer science and mathematics.

CST/PTS Diploma is part of a series of laddered credentials leading to the Computer Systems Bachelor of Technology (CST BTech).

Program delivery mode: varies by course

  • Please check the individual COMP course schedule pages for delivery and location details.
  • Some courses in Computing Part-time Studies will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Other courses will be physically face-to-face and may include some blended online activities.
  • It may not be possible to complete a program entirely online; some courses may require attending the Burnaby or Downtown campuses.
  • Your education is our priority, and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Participants are introduced to solving object-oriented design problems and building applications in C++, along with using Algorithms, design patterns and higher-level computing skills.

Students work in teams and gain hands-on experience with security foundations, how to leverage data communications and operating systems in advanced software and web applications.

There is also a foundation of project management, and statistics along with an overview of the Canadian legal system applying to IT issues, copyright, trademarks and privacy.

Over 1/3rd of CST/PTS is made up of electives which parallel several options of the Full-time CST Diploma. Students choose from a variety of advanced application development courses in Java, .Net, Web, plus Linux, Agile, Amazon AWS, Database, Business Intelligence, Networking and Security.

The purpose of the CST/PTS Diploma is to provide advanced programming skills for application, web, and systems development in order to prepare students for intermediate Computing careers.

CST graduates may move on to the CST Bachelor of Technology (CST BTech).

The CST Diploma has helped thousands graduates to start rewarding IT careers across Canada.   

Entrance Requirements

The CST/PTS Diploma is 120 credits, 60 unique credits built on top of the 60 credits in the CSC.

Students must complete the majority of CSC including: Communications, Java, C, and Architecture before applying to the CST/PTS Diploma.

Please Note: CST/PTS Diploma requires a minimum of 2 years of study, with a maximum of 5 years to complete. Due to prerequisites and scheduling, it is not possible to complete this part-time program in a full-time delivery.

The absolute minimum time is 12 terms or 4 years to complete both the part-time CSC and CST/PTS Diploma programs.

For course and program planning prior to declaring CST/PTS Diploma, please contact the department via email:

Costs & Supplies

This program is a course by course registration, there are approximately 36 individual courses in the entire series; ASD, ACIS, CSC, CST/PTS.

The average course tuition is around $550 per course depending on credits. Textbooks are generally required and may cost $150+ for each course.

Credit for the CST/PTS Diploma calculated on top of the 60 credits in the CSC.

CST/PTS Diploma students will not receive dual credit for any course used in the CSC.

There are approximately 18 courses (60 credits) in this CST/PTS diploma completion segment depending on electives chosen.

Please budget an additional $9,500 for tuition on top of the CSC cost to complete this follow-on credential.

A total of 120 unique total credits from ASD, ACIS and CSC is required to graduate from the CST/PTS Diploma.

The cost of tuition and books for this series of laddered part-time credentials is approximately $20,000 for Canadian residents.

International students who are approved into CSC and CST/PTS will pay 3x standard tuition and need to budget over $60,000 for tuition and books.

Scheduling of COMP PTS courses typically does not allow students to attempt more than 3 courses simultaneously.

Students should not expect to complete the CST/PTS Diploma series in less than 4-5 years part-time.

Part-time Studies is market-driven course by course delivery and not all PTS courses are available every term.

Please attend a program specific information session for more details.


Program Details

The Computer Systems Technology Diploma in Part-time Studies (CST/PTS) requires 60 unique credits on top of the 60 credits in the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC)  for a total of 120 credits.

65% of CST/PTS Diploma required courses include: C++, IT Security, IT Law, Advanced Web Applications, Data Communications, Object-Oriented Design, Algorithms, Operating Systems and Statistics.

35% of the CST/PTS Diploma comprised a variety of advanced application development courses in Java, .Net, Web, Linux, Agile Development, Amazon AWS, Advanced Database, Business Intelligence, Data Analytics and Network Security.

The CST/PTS Diploma is course by course registration and designed to be delivered one course at a time. It is aimed at those who are working full-time. Due to prerequisites and scheduling it is not possible to complete the CSC and CST/PTS Diploma in any less than 4 years.


Most CST/PTS students typically complete 1-2 courses per term over a period of 3-4 years. Some students who are not working full-time may consider 3 PTS courses per term and potentially complete this second half of the CST/PTS Diploma in 2 years.

Note to Full-time CST Students: CST/PTS parallels the second year of the Full-time CST Diploma, Level 3 and Level 4. Students who drop full-time CST may have credit if they want to complete the CST/PTS Diploma.

Please read the CST/PTS Diploma “Program Entry” section  and the Computing PTS Student Guide before registering for any COMP courses.

For course and program planning prior to declaring CST/PTS Diploma, please contact the department via email:

Computer hardware and Internet requirements

Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a webcam, microphone and have high-speed internet access. COMP courses may use two-way audio and video as well as group work outside of class.

The curriculum may be modified in accordance with industry trends. Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes report presents summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation.

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.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to the issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Computing Part-time Studies / Industry Training

  • Karen Lee, PA
  • Gustavo Montemor, PA
  • Joanne Atha, PTS Coordinator
  • Kevin Cudihee, Program Head
  • Aaron Hunter, Acting Associate Dean, BCIT Computing

Computing Curriculum Committee (CC)

Advisory committee

BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to the 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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