Admissions - September 2022
An Ontario College advanced diploma, degree or equivalent with an overall average grade of B or above (as assessed, by country, to Ontario standards) in a discipline as described below.
- computer science
- software engineering
- software engineering technology
- computer programmer and analysis
- IT innovation and design
- computer or mobile applications development
- software quality
- big data
- health informatics
- Other relevant disciplines that offer a significant degree of IT Infrastructure or software development.
Note re: admission requirements
Applicants meeting minimum requirements are invited to begin the selection process which requires them to:
- Submit a digital portfolio. The digital portfolio gives applicants an opportunity to submit a portfolio of work that demonstrates the applicant’s skill, experience and professionalism. Details and directions regarding the preparation and submission of the digital portfolio will be sent to eligible applicants.
- Final selection is made using a formula employing the academic strength in conjunction with the score on the digital portfolio.
- Applicants with documents (transcripts) from an educational institution from a country other than Canada must have their documents evaluated for equivalency at an approved provider of credential evaluation services. Applicants to this program require a Comprehensive or Course-by-Course Report. Please see How to Apply for more information.Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:* TOEFL iBT 88* IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0* CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60* PTE Academic 58* Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
- Preference will be given to applicants who have a minimum of 3 months of relevant business experience (e.g. co-op work term, placement, other work experience)
- Graduate Certificate (Excluding TESL) and Exception Diploma Programs Standard Language Requirements:
- IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
- TOEFL iBT 88
- CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
- PTE Academic 58
- Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
- Provide valid transcripts to support the academic requirement
- Submit proof of admission requirements
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Academic eligibility for a co-op work term is based on the term that occurs two terms prior to any work term. Should a student's academic performance decline considerably (including cumulative missed courses) during the term just prior to any work term, the college reserves the right to withdraw the student from the upcoming work term.
- Students may only defer one work term regardless of the reason(s) (e.g. failed or missed work term).
- Students who do not successfully complete their deferred work term will be removed from the co-op stream.
- Since only one work term may be failed/deferred regardless of the reason(s), should a subsequent work term be missed/failed/unsecured (not successfully completed for any reason) the student will be immediately removed from the co-op stream.
- Students who are discontinued are not eligible for co-op work terms.
Pathways and credit transfer
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Learn more about PLAR.
The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College. Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.