Computer Programming and Analysis Program

  • Program Name:
    Computer Programming and Analysis
  • Code: T197
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Computer Technology
  • Location: Online
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,083.00 *
  • Winter 2023 Delivery:
    Semester 1, 2: Online
  • Spring 2023 Delivery:
    Semester 2: Online

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Program Overview

Today, few organizations make any significant plans without thoroughly understanding the Information Technology (IT) implications. IT professionals are a vital part of decision-making business teams. George Brown College answers this need with its Computer Programmer Analyst online program. The broad education in programming and IT analysis that it offers can provide you with a stable platform for career growth in the rapidly expanding and ever-changing world of information technology.

This program is fully online, including lectures, exams, and class projects. This fully online program allows you to:

  • Study online from the comfort of home while joining other students across Canada in live, instructor-led classes.
  • Access the knowledge and expertise of faculty members who are embedded in Toronto’s rapidly growing tech industry.
  • Develop professional skills in a format convenient to you and your busy weekday commitments.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an online only program, open to domestic students. Regular in-person delivery and International eligibility is available; please see Computer Programming and Analysis (T177) for more details.

Full Description

Today, few organizations make any significant plans without thoroughly understanding the Information Technology (IT) implications. IT professionals are a vital part of decision-making business teams. George Brown College answers this need with its three-year (six-semester) Computer Programmer Analyst online program. The broad education in programming and IT analysis that it offers can provide you with a stable platform for career growth in the rapidly expanding and ever-changing world of information technology.

During the first two years of the program, you will develop the skills and techniques required for software application development and testing. The industry tells us they are looking for Computer Programmer Analysts with “the total package.” So the third year includes advanced technical skills in areas such as systems analysis and design techniques — and continues to develop communications, teamwork and other client service skills such as needs assessment, sales and presentation methods.

George Brown offers other distinct advantages:

  • Students are involved in project-based and experiential learning.
  • In the third year, students are introduced to the fast-growing area of AI and Machine Learning strategies and development.
  • Students are also exposed to mobile application development using the latest mobile devices.

*If you enrol in January, you must complete semester 2 in the summer, May to August, in the same year.

Note: In this rapidly changing industry, program improvements are being made on an ongoing basis, which may result in course changes. Changes are made in consultation with our Program Advisory Committee, which is composed of academic staff and industry representatives from small, medium-sized and large corporations.

Technology Requirements

This program requires students to have access to a personal computer with the following specifications: 

  • 16 GB RAM minimum 
  • 256 GB SSD Hard Drive (500+ GB is optimal) 
  • Quad-core i7 2.4GHz or better 
  • Video card (2GB RAM minimum/4GB RAM recommended) 
  • Webcam 

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify, analyze, design, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
  2. Diagnose, troubleshoot, document and monitor technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools.
  3. Analyze, design, implement and maintain secure computing environments.
  4. Analyze, develop and maintain robust computing system solutions through validation testing and industry best practices.
  5. Communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure effective working relationships.
  6. Select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  7. Apply project management principles and tools when responding to requirements and monitoring projects within a computing environment.
  8. Adhere to ethical, social media, legal, regulatory and economic requirements and/or principles in developing and managing computing solutions and systems.
  9. Investigate emerging trends to respond to technical challenges.
  10. Gather, analyze and define software system specifications based on functional and non-functional requirements.
  11. Design, develop, document, implement, maintain and test software systems by using industry-standard software development methodologies based on defined specifications and existing technologies/frameworks.
  12. Select and apply object-oriented and other design concepts and principles, as well as business requirements, to the software development process.
  13. Gather requirements and model, design, implement, optimize and maintain data storage solutions.
  14. Integrate network communications into software solutions by adhering to protocol standards.


Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2022-2023


Code Course name
COMP 1151 IT Essentials
COMP 1236 Fundamentals of Computing Logic
COMP 1234 Introduction to Web Development
GSSC 1027 Personal Finance
MATH 1162 Mathematics for Computer Technology I
COMM 1007 College English**


Code Course name
COMP 1168 Database Management
COMP 1202 Object-Oriented Programming
COMP 1235 Introduction to Full-stack Development
COMP 3044 Linux Essentials
MATH 1172 Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GNED General Education Elective (Select One)
COMM 1007 College English


Code Course name
COMP 1230 Advanced Web Programming
COMP 2129 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming
COMP 2130 Application Development using Java
COMP 2138 Advanced Database Development
COMP 2147 System Analysis, Design And Testing
GNED General Education Elective


Code Course name
COMP 2080 Data Structures and Algorithms
COMP 2139 Web Application Development
COMP 2148 Professional Workplace Competencies
COMP 2151 Agile Software Development
COMP 2152 Open Source Development


Code Course name
COMP 3059 Capstone Project I
COMP 3074 Mobile Application Development I
COMP 3095 Web Application Development Using Java
COMP 3104 DevOps
COMP 3122 Applied Data Science
COMP 3123 Full Stack Development I
GNED General Education Elective


Code Course name
COMP 3078 Capstone Project II
COMP 3134 Introduction to Cyber Security
COMP 3097 Mobile Application Development II
COMP 3132 Applied Machine Learning
COMP 3133 Full Stack Development II

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1000 Introduction to College Communication before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1000 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit for more information.

Alternative Study Options: In-person delivery for this program is available; please see Computer Programming and Analysis (T177) for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Graduates may find career opportunities in areas such as:

  • database administration
  • systems analysis and design
  • consulting
  • application design and development
  • web application design and development
  • data architect (AI/Machine Learning)
  • full-stack developer
  • mobile application developer
  • and many others

Opportunities exist for systems development for both corporate clients and smaller contract companies.

As programmer analysts, graduates will work in project teams responsible for developing new applications and maintaining existing business systems.

Educational Pathways

Opportunities to receive transfer credits toward further study to attain a degree are available.

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into Ontario college graduate certificate programs and university degree programs at institutions such as McMaster University, University of Guelph and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

For further information, see Transfer Guide

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,083.00 *

Additional Costs

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2021. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2022 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287


The office hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Program Co-ordinator: Maziar Masoudi

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3345


For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

The Computer Programmer Analyst program is offered through our School of Computer Technology from our Casa Loma Campus at 146 Kendal Avenue. Sign up for an Information Session or Campus Tour to learn more about George Brown College and the program. You can also explore our virtual tour.

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