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IT specialists for a complex world

Note: The September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. The January 2020 intake is currently open for applications.
The Computer Information Technology program now offers a January intake. Please see Program Entry for more information.
British Columbia's high tech sector is growing rapidly, with Vancouver becoming a global hub for the IT industry. The continued growth of the IT sector creates demand for a range of IT professionals, including support analysts, network administrators, web developers, business and systems analysts, security specialists, system integrators, and more.

The BCIT Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma is a unique two-year full-time program which will prepare you for a well-paying career in the IT sector. Focusing on emerging tools and technologies, and offering hands-on work on real industry projects, you'll be equipped for exciting and evolving tech careers across this growing industry.

The CIT program might be the right fit for you if you:
  • Want to join the dynamic IT sector and explore the many roles within it
  • Have a knack for troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Love to plan and configure software and computers as much as you love to code
  • Want a stable professional career with strong growth
  • Enjoy working with people and on teams

State-of-the-art new space

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 TEC Hub learning space which mimics the feel of a tech company. Check out the 360 tour:

Program structure

Start Here
Apply to Enter into CIT
Foundational technology skills are offered in first year. At the end of the year, students work in teams using agile development mirroring what happens in industry.
Second year offers breadth in current and emerging technologies, including:

Cloud Infrastructures
Customer and User Support
Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
Dev-Ops Tools and Technology
Enterprise Software Integration / Customization
Mobile Applications
Network and Information Security
Optional co-op component, additional project work, and industry guests.

Go Further - Earn a BTech in areas, including:
Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity
Computer Systems
Technology Management
Business Administration
(with bridging)

Scheduled intake

September and January each year. Apply now.

Related programs

Computing part-time and full-time programs.

Program Entry

Application processing

This program has multiple application deadlines and may fill after each deadline date.

Start date Applications open Deadline
September November 1* March 1* (early)
    April 30* (final)

January May 1* September 1* (early)
    October 30* (final)

*or next business day

We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

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

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants. The competitive calculation formula takes the average of the applicant’s secondary or post-secondary English and math scores.

A waitlist of eligible applicants, ranked in competitive order, will be kept in the event that a seat becomes available prior to the end of the first week of term. The waitlist is cleared once the program intake is full and closed; unsuccessful applicants must re-apply to be considered for the next intake. Unsuccessful students may wish to upgrade their math and English before re-applying.

Recommended for success

BCIT is committed to providing assistance to all its full- and part-time students with permanent or temporary, visible or non-visible disabilities. Current and future students who maybe need support to overcome the limits and barriers that you may encounter during your studies are encouraged to contact BCIT’s Accessibility Services to attend an information session or to arrange an interview with one of the institute's Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists.

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 applications:

  • Competitive entry: Successful completion of admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into this program. If the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will select those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: Confirmation of seat availability 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 resume your studies?
    • Please email cit_inquiries@bcit.ca for a re-admission information kit.
    • You must submit an approved re-admission form from the program area with your online application.
    • Applications are accepted throughout the year.

  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 Level 2 or Level 3?
    • Please email cit_inquiries@bcit.ca for a pre-assessment information kit.
    • You must submit an approved pre-entry assessment from the program area and proof of meeting all entrance requirements with your online application.
    • Complete applications must be submitted by:*
      • July 15th for the Fall (September) intake
      • November 30th for the Winter (January) intake

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

Note: The Registrar's Office is the official authority on admission and entrance requirements and has the final say on whether or not you meet all entrance requirements for this program. You are responsible for submitting sufficient documentation to BCIT Admissions so they can assess this.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. The January 2020 intake is currently open for applications.

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 and January each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enroll 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)

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Students are required to bring their own Windows-compatible laptop. Please refer to the Laptop Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs 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 (15 weeks) Credits
  ACIT 1420 Introduction to Systems Administration 4.0
  ACIT 1515 Scripting for IT 4.0
  ACIT 1620 Fundamental Web Technologies 4.0
  ACIT 1630 Database Systems 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 (15 weeks) Credits
  ACIT 2420 Linux System Administration 4.0
  ACIT 2515 Object Oriented Programming 4.0
  ACIT 2520 Developing Web Applications 4.0
  ACIT 2620 Principles of Enterprise Networking 4.0
  ACIT 2811 UX/UI Development* 3.0
  ACIT 2831 Business Systems Analysis 4.0
  ACIT 2911 Agile Development Project* 4.0
  ACIT 4770 Legal and Ethical Issues in IT* 2.0
  COMM 2216 Business Communications 2 4.0
  MATH 1350 Statistics for Information Technology 4.0
*denotes a five-week course, delivered from late April to the end of May.
Level 3 Credits
  ACIT 3420 Windows Server Administration 4.0
  ACIT 3640 Cloud Computing 4.0
  ACIT 3771 IT Service and Project Management 4.0
  ACIT 3900 IT Projects Practicum 1 4.0
  ACIT 3910 Database Administration and Management 4.0

Complete 8.0 credits from the following list of electives

  ACIT 3415 IT Storage Infrastructure 4.0
  ACIT 3475 Web Server Administration 4.0
  ACIT 3645 Web Content Management Systems 4.0
  ACIT 3650 Mobile Application Development 4.0
  ACIT 3890 Open Source Practices 4.0
  ACIT 3895 Advanced Topics in Enterprise Software 4.0
  ACIT 3896 Algorithms Research and Development 4.0
Level 4 Credits
  ACIT 4630 Information Assurance and Security 4.0
  ACIT 4640 IT System and Network Provisioning 4.0
  ACIT 4850 Enterprise System Integration 4.0
  ACIT 4880 Introduction to Data Analytics 4.0
  ACIT 4900 IT Project Practicum 2* 4.0

Complete 8.0 credits from the following list of electives:

  ACIT 3435 Administration of Online Collaboration Systems 4.0
  ACIT 3495 Advanced Topics in IT Infrastructure 4.0
  ACIT 3625 Full Stack Web Development 4.0
  ACIT 3695 Advanced Topics in Web Systems 4.0
  ACIT 3855 Service Oriented Architectures 4.0
  ACIT 4910 Database Backup, Recovery and Tuning 4.0
*optional for students who have completed ACIT 2990
Co-op Work Term Courses (Optional)
Complete 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
Total Credits: 120.0

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

Computer Information Technology (CIT) is a unique program that aims to train students to be 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.

Learn more about the teaching model in the new CIT space.

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. Read more about how students are making a difference.

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 five years to complete the program.

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

Graduates of the Computer Information Technology (CIT) diploma program may pursue a BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation: Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity 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 first year 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 Computer Information Technology (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 user support, systems integrator, network administrator, and database administrator. After several years of relevant work experience, graduates are employed as system analyst, security analyst, project manager, team lead, etc. Learn more from a former student.

Over  90% of grads are in a program-related job within four months of graduation
Over  95% of grads are satisfied or very satisfied with their CIT education

Top five program-related jobs obtained

NOC Percentage of those employed in program-related job Median hourly wage (main job)
2282 User support roles 27% $22
2281 Computer networking
22% $18
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants 20% $23
2175 Web designers and developers 15% $19
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 7% $19


Infrastructure Services

Typical Roles:
System Administrator
Network Administrator
Security Administrator

Career Progression
System Administrator
Network Administrator
Network Architect
Security Analyst

Web Services

Typical Roles:
Web Developer
Information Architect
UX Developer

Career Progression
Web Developer
Web Designer
Information Architect
UX Developer
Mobile App Developer

User Support and Services

Typical Roles:
Tech Support
Client Support
Help Desk

Career Progression
IT Support Analyst
Tech Support Specialist
Desktop Support

Business Application Services

Typical Roles:
System Integrator
Database Administrator
Software Developer

Career Progression
Software Developer
System Integrator
Data Analyst
System Analyst
Business Analyst

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 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 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

Prospective Student Inquiries

Email: program_advising@bcit.ca

Current Student Inquiries

Email: citdiploma@bcit.ca

Full-time faculty

Thomas Lane
Program Head, CIT Diploma

Benjamin Yu, Instructor
Jim Parry, Instructor
Lei (Johnny) Zhang, Instructor
Michal Aibin, Instructor
Thomas Lane, 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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Note: This information session was held December 1, 2016 and topics discussed in this session are subject to change without notice.