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 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.

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Program name
Computer Programming and Analysis
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

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 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 exposed to the fast-growing game development sector.
  • 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.

Program Standards and 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 the development and management of the 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

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semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1151IT Essentials
COMP1176Introduction to Networks - CCNA I
COMP1223Web Development Fundamentals
GSSC1045Business Applications for Information Technology
MATH1162Mathematics for Computer Technology I
COMM1007College English**


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1168Database Management
COMP1202Object-Oriented Programming
COMP1231Web Programming
COMP3044UNIX Essentials
MATH1172Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GSSC1027Personal Finance
COMM1007College English


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1230Advanced Web Programming
COMP2129Advanced Object-Oriented Programming
COMP2130Application Development using Java
COMP2138Advanced Database Development
COMP2147System Analysis, Design And Testing
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP2080Data Structures and Algorithms
COMP2139Web Application Development
COMP2148Professional Workplace Competencies
COMP2151Agile Software Development
COMP2152Open Source Development
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP3059Capstone Project I
COMP3074Mobile Application Development I
COMP3095Web Application Development Using Java
COMP3122AI with Python
COMP3123Full Stack Development I
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP3078Capstone Project II
COMP3134Introduction to Cyber Security
COMP3097Mobile Application Development II
COMP3132Machine Learning with Python
COMP3133Full Stack Development II

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

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
  • 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 the development of new applications and the maintenance of existing business systems.

Future Study Options

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

Educational/Degree Pathway

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


$3,977.00 *

Additional Cost

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

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

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.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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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.

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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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