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The Computer Systems Technology program is designed with extensive input from industry and offers two optional specializations in its third year. The Networking specialization focuses on network security, voice-over-IP (VoIP) and wireless LANs. The Systems specialization focuses on mail server administration, content management systems (Collaboration), database administration and computer security. Both specializations include core courses on infrastructure virtualization (through the VMWare IT Academy) and cloud computing, along with best practices in Information Technology.

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Program name
Computer Systems Technology
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

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The three-year Computer Systems Technology program is designed with extensive industry input and offers two optional specializations in its third year:

  1. The Networking specialization focuses on network security, voice-over-IP (VoIP) and wireless LANs.
  2. The Systems specialization focuses on mail server administration, content management systems (Collaboration), database administration and computer security.

Both specializations include core courses on infrastructure virtualization (through the VMWare IT Academy) and cloud computing, along with best practices in Information Technology (IT).

George Brown College continues to invest in up-to-date networking, wireless, radio frequency, VoIP and security lab equipment, so that all students gain hands-on experience in installation and configuration of equipment ranging from small offices all the way to enterprise-class hardware and software. This investment, along with the hands-on teaching environment, was recognized by Cisco when the college was designated an Area Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre, and became part of a very select group of Cisco Networking Academies in Canada.

In the third year of the program, students will be involved, hands-on, in real-life projects or case studies. These may be completed independently, in conjunction with an industry partner, or George Brown's Office of Research and Innovation, and may include developing proposals and working in teams to plan, set schedules and achieve specific goals in the field of Information Technology. Through some of these projects, George Brown students have recently helped develop IT solutions for hospitals, large corporations and major IT and telecommunications service providers, including Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications, Cogeco Data Systems and many other well-known companies in the Greater Toronto Area.

This program covers all four courses of the official Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching curriculum. The curriculum also prepares students to write several other examinations leading to industry certifications, such as the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Cisco’s CCNA Security.

Note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Identify, analyze, design, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, document and monitor technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools.
  • Analyze, design, implement and maintain secure computing environments.
  • Analyze, develop and maintain robust computing system solutions through validation testing and industry best practices.
  • Communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure effective working relationship.
  • Select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  • Apply project management principles and tools when responding to requirements and monitoring projects within a computing environment.
  • Adhere to ethical, social media, legal, regulatory and economic requirements and/or principles in the development and management of the computing solutions and systems.
  • Investigate emerging trends to respond to technical challenges.
  • Analyze, plan, design, implement and administer computer systems and cloud solutions.
  • Research, design, deploy, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, upgrade, and decommission computing system infrastructures.
  • Select and apply scripting tools and programming languages to automate routine tasks.
  • Install, monitor, optimize and administer a database management system in response to specified requirements.
  • Design, implement, and administer technical support processes for computing system infrastructures that aligns with industry best practice.

Required Courses

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semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1151IT Essentials
COMP1176Introduction to Networks - CCNA 1
COMP1223Web Development Fundamentals
GSSC1045Business Applications for Information Technology
MATH1162Mathematics for Computer Tecnology I
COMM1007College English**


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1203Routing and Switching Essentials - CCNA 2
COMP3044UNIX Essentials
COMP1231Web Programming
COMP3105Desktop Operating Systems
MATH1172Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GSSC1027Personal Finance


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1196Scaling Networks - CCNA 3
COMP2064Windows Servers Active Directory Configuration
COMP2144Web Server Administration
COMP2148Professional Workplace Competencies
COMP3066UNIX System Administration
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP1197Connecting Networks - CCNA 4
COMP2102Wireless Technology Fundamentals
COMP2141Windows Server Network Infrastructure
COMP2152Open Source Development
COMP3061Computer Security Fundamentals
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

**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 georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.



Students are to pick a specialization in semester five and will be registered in the corresponding courses. Please note that once your specialization is picked in semester five, you will not be able to change in semester six.



CodeCourse name
COMP3076Network Infrastructure Security
COMP3049WLAN Administration
COMP3098Enterprise Network and System Design
COMP3093Infrastructure Virtualization
COMP3112IP Telephony Services
COMP3115Information Systems Project Management


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP3094ITIL Foundation
COMP3107Enterprise Network Management
COMP3108Cloud Computing Infrastructure
COMP3099Capstone Project
COMP3111Broadband and Data Communications



semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP3102Mail Server Administration
COMP3103Power Shell Scripting
COMP3114Database Administration
COMP3115Information Systems Project Management
COMP3098Enterprise Network and System Design
COMP3093Infrastructure Virtualization


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMP3094ITIL Foundation
COMP3108Cloud Computing Infrastructure
COMP3099Capstone Project
COMP3113Advanced Computer System Security
COMP3121System Data Collaboration

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

This program prepares graduates for jobs in a wide variety of positions, including:

  • systems administrators connected with wireless LAN support
  • wireless service providers
  • cellular and broadband providers

Opportunities also exist in companies that provide computer support services to other businesses, and in organizations that specialize in the sale and installation of computer systems and networks.

Graduates may also find employment working directly with business clients, providing training services and ongoing support to assist them in using computer applications effectively. Graduates will be prepared to write several of the examinations leading to industry certification in Network Administration and Support.

Future Study Options

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into Ontario college graduate certificate and university degree programs. George Brown currently has articulation agreements with various other post-secondary institutions such as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, McMaster University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. For further information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Educational/Degree Pathway

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



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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide 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

Email: computertechnology@georgebrown.ca

The office hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Program Co-ordinator: Jacky Min

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6691

Email: jmin@georgebrown.ca

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 Systems Technology program is offered through our School of Computer Technology from our Casa Loma Campus at 146 Kendal Avenue, Toronto. 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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