Admissions - January 2023
- An Ontario College diploma, advanced diploma, degree or equivalent with an overall average grade of B or above (as assessed, by country, to Ontario standards) or a minimum of 5 (five) years of full-time work experience as an IT system or network administrator or in a similar position
- Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of academic performance, length of degree/diploma, level of degree/diploma, degree/diploma discipline, and level of supporting IT technology experience and/or specific education.
- Supporting technology experience includes any one or all of the following:
- Microsoft operating systems (including directory systems)
- Linux/UNIX operating systems (including directory systems)
- Network technology systems (routers, switches, firewalls, etc.)
Note re: admission requirements
- Domestic 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.
- All applicants are expected to have fundamental experience with Microsoft operating systems, Linux/Unix operating systems, and networking concepts including transmission control and Internet protocols (TCP/IP).
- 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
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
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.