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Broaden your perspectives and knowledge base by delving into a new discipline.

Complementing your degree with one of our certificate options gives you transferable knowledge from a different discipline, giving you a well-rounded, interdisciplinary edge in the post-graduate job market.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are for those who have already completed a degree. Please find below the requirements for our graduate certificates.

Please note that students are also required to complete introductory course requirements with a minimum grade of 60 percent for academic progression.

Popular media suggests computer science graduates will be in high demand in the coming
years. IT World Canada claims Canada will need an additional 182,000 people to fill positions
such as information system analysts, web technicians, software engineers, database
developers, database administrators and computer network operators by 2019. Would you like
to enter into Canada’s emerging tech industry? Our one-year Graduate Certificate in
Computing has been developed to combine theoretical and practical aspects of computing, to
enable you to become an effective professional in the computing industry. During this certificate
program, students will acquire essential computer programming skills by taking
COSC1046/1047/2006/2007. Students will also gain a thorough understanding of the theories
and technologies of computer operating systems, computer networks, system analysis and
design, web development, mobile application development as well as database management.

Course Requirements:
COSC 1046 Introduction to Computer Science I*
COSC 1047 Introduction to Computer Science II*
COSC 2006 Data Structures I
COSC 2007 Data Structures II
COSC 2406 Assembly Language Programming
Twelve credits in upper year COSC/ITEC
MATH 1056 Discrete Mathematics I

Admission Requirements: university degree or college diploma in any field other than
Computer Science, Information Science or equivalent – minimum of 60% average [C] for
university students, minimum of 70% [B] for college students. International applicants must
provide documentation of language proficiency as per Algoma University’s current language
requirements.

Graduation Requirements: Minimum grade of 60% in required introductory courses* and 60%
overall average in all courses required for the certificate.

Students pursuing a Computer Games Technology graduate certificate will apply their
foundational programming knowledge to the design and development of video game software.
The program focuses on a complete overview of game development, from the initial code to the
finished product, with courses covering computer graphics, the games marketplace, game
artificial intelligence, and gameplay design. Graduates of this certificate may use gaming project
coursework to develop a sophisticated portfolio that they can use when seeking employment.

Course Requirements:
COSC 1036 Games Marketplace*
COSC 2036 Computer Game Design I*
COSC 2636 Game Software Engineering
COSC 2947 Object Oriented Programming Using C++
COSC 3036 Computer Game Design II
COSC 3306 Introduction to Computer Graphics
COSC 4086 Fourth Year Project I
Nine additional credits, as approved by the department, from:
COSC 3117 Artificial Intelligence
COSC 3506 Software Engineering
COSC 3707 Techniques of Systems Analysis
COSC 4036 Computer Game Artificial Intelligence
COSC 4106 Analysis of Algorithms
COSC 4307 Advanced Computer Graphics
COSC 4426 Topics in Computer Science I
COSC 4427 Topics in Computer Science II
COSC 4606 Data Management Systems

Admission Requirements: degree or college diploma in Computer Science, Information
Science, or equivalent – minimum of 60% average [C] for university students, minimum of 70%
[B] for college students. International applicants must provide documentation of language
proficiency as per Algoma University’s current language requirements.

Graduation Requirements: Minimum grade of 60% in required introductory courses* and 60%
overall average in all courses required for the certificate

Nowadays it might be hard to think of a business area which does not rely on
Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and ICT capability is an important
factor for business success. ICT is a high-demand field that is growing very fast.
Designed for people with a bachelor degree or college diploma, our graduate
Certificate in Information Technology, which consists of ten courses, will teach you the
specialist skills you need to ignite your career in ICT. You will gain essential skills in
programming, software development, object-oriented analysis and design, web
technologies and databases, e-business strategy and project management, which will
complement your existing critical thinking and communication abilities. Information and
Communication Technology skills can improve job prospects as well as productivity for
those already involved in the field.

Course Requirements:
COSC 1046 Introduction to Computer Science I*
COSC 1047 Introduction to Computer Science II*
COSC 2006 Data Structures I
COSC 2307 Database Programming or COSC 2956 Internet Tools
COSC 3707 Techniques of Systems Analysis
ITEC 2706 Mobile Technology: Design and Use
ITEC 2707 E-Business Strategy, Architecture and Design
ITEC 3506 Software Engineering
ITEC 3706 Software Engineering Project Management
MATH 1056 Discrete Mathematics I

Admission Requirements: degree or college diploma in any field – minimum of 60% average [C] for university
students, minimum of 70% [B] for college students. International applicants must
provide documentation of language proficiency as per Algoma University’s current
language requirements.

Graduation Requirements: Minimum grade of 60% in required introductory courses*
and 60% overall average in all courses required for the certificate.

The Mobile Software Development certificate enables learners to apply the foundational skills of
computer science to the development of applications and systems that implement the use of
mobile devices in modern computer systems. Students will study the range of applications of
mobile devices and will learn to develop applications on a variety of mobile platforms.
Graduates will be able to apply the use of mobile devices in business, industry, social media
and gaming.

Course Requirements:
COSC 2596 Interaction Design and Testing*
COSC 3596 Mobile Application Development I*
COSC 3707 Techniques of Systems Analysis
COSC 3756 Object Oriented Analysis and Design
COSC 4086 Fourth Year Project I
COSC 4596 Mobile Application Development II
ITEC 2706 Mobile Technology: Design and Use
ITEC 3706 Software Engineering Project Management
Six credits in upper year COSC/ITEC

Admission Requirements: degree or college diploma in Computer Science, Information
Science, or equivalent – minimum of 60% average [C] for university students, minimum of 70%
[B] for college students. International applicants must provide documentation of language
proficiency as per Algoma University’s current language requirements.

Graduation Requirements: Minimum grade of 60% in required introductory courses* and 60%
overall average in all courses required for the certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Business is a one year program designed for students whose main interest is in acquiring basic knowledge and skills in business to enter or reenter the workforce quickly. It is suitable for students who already hold another degree but desire some business skills to complement their work experience
and previous education.

All courses taken as part of the Graduate Certificate in Business may be applied toward a Bachelor of Business Administration degree should the student meet the entrance requirements of that degree. Students may complete the Graduate Certificate in Business on either a full-time or part-time basis by completing the following courses:

Semester 1

ECON 1006 Introduction to Microeconomics
ADMN 1016 Introduction to Canadian Business
ADMN 1126 Introductory Financial Accounting I
ADMN 1206 Management Skills and Secondary Research Methods
ADMN 2406 or MATH 1911 Social and Ethical Issues in Business or Precalculus

Semester 2

ECON 1007 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ADMN 1127 Introductory Financial Accounting II
ADMN 1207 Quantitative Management Decision Making
ADMN 1306 Commercial Law
ADMN 3136 or MATH 1912* Organizational Behaviour or Elementary Calculus

* as noted on Offer of Acceptance – Conditions of acceptance Math 1911 and / or 1912 may be applicable

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Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate programs require 30 credits from the certificate discipline. Students are required to achieve a minimum overall average of 60 percent to be awarded the certificate.

Additionally, students are required to complete introductory course requirements with a minimum grade of 60 percent for academic progression. Students who have passed discipline-specific introductory courses without the required 60 percent grade may complete the introductory courses concurrently with upper year courses in year two of their program.

Students who are applying for a certificate program in conjunction with a degree program will not be able to apply for a ‘minor’ in that discipline.

Students will complete the Interdisciplinary Aboriginal Learning Certificate by completing the following courses:

OJIB 1016/1017 and
24 additional credits from the following list: All ANIS courses, all OJIB courses, and HIST 2116/2117, MUSC 2067, JURI/POLI 3106/3107, SWRK 3406/3407

The Certificate in Business is a one-year program designed for students whose main interest is in acquiring basic knowledge and skills in business to enter or re-enter the workforce quickly. It is suitable for students who already hold another degree but desire some business skills to complement their work experience and previous education. All courses taken as part of the Certificate in Business may be applied toward a Bachelor of Business Administration degree should the student meet the entrance requirements of that degree.

Students may complete the Certificate in Business on either a full-time or part-time basis by completing the following courses:

ADMN 1016 Introduction to Canadian Business
ADMN 1126 Introductory Financial Accounting I
ADMN 1127 Introductory Financial Accounting II
ADMN 1206 Management Skills and Secondary Research Methods
ADMN 1207 Quantitative Management Decision-Making
ADMN 1306 Commercial Law
ECON 1006 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 1007 Introduction to Macroeconomics

Additional 6 credits in upper-year ADMN courses (recommended courses include
ADMN 2017, ADMN 3136 or ADMN 3137)

 

*This certificate is not available to Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree students. Additionally, the Certificate in Business is not available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics (BA4.FNEC).

Students will complete the Certificate in Human Resources Management by completing the following courses:

ADMN 1206 Management Skills and Secondary Research Methods
ADMN 2556 Finance and Accounting for Non Business Majors (not available to B.B.A. students)
ADMN 3136 Organizational Behaviour
ADMN 3137 Management of Human Resources
ADMN 2906 Occupational Health and Safety Management
ADMN 2916 Compensation
ADMN 2926 Training and Development
ADMN 3206 Human Resource Planning
ADMN 3216 Recruitment and Selection
ADMN 4976 Industrial and Labour Relations in Canada

*This certificate is not available to Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree students.

Students will complete the Certificate in Marketing Management by completing the following courses:

ADMN 1206 Management Skills and Secondary Research Methods
ADMN 2506 Business Statistics
ADMN 2607 Introduction to Management Science
ADMN 3126 Marketing Concepts
ADMN 3127 Service Marketing

18 credits from the following list:
ADMN 2507 Business Statistics II
ADMN 4336 Marketing Communications
ADMN 4346 Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
ADMN 4367 Advanced Marketing Planning
ADMN 4376 International Marketing
ADMN 4896 Current Topics in Administration II
ADMN 4936 Marketing Research I
ADMN 4937 Marketing on the Internet
ADMN 4946 Consumer Behaviour
ADMN 4947 Advertising Theory and Practice
ADMN 4957 Marketing Research II
ADMN 4995 Research Project

*This certificate is not available to Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree students.

Students will complete the Certificate in Accounting by completing the following courses:

ADMN 2106 Intermediate Accounting I
ADMN 2107 Intermediate Accounting II
ADMN 3106 Management Accounting and Control I
ADMN 3107 Management Accounting and Control II
ADMN 4816 Personal Taxation: An Accounting Perspective
ADMN 4817 Corporate Taxation: An Accounting Perspective
ADMN 4827 External Auditing I
ADMN 4836 Advanced Financial Accounting I
ADMN 4837 Advanced Financial Accounting II

3 credits from:
ADMN 4856 Information Systems
ADMN 4866 Advanced Cost Accounting Topics

*This certificate is not available to Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree students.

A stand-alone certificate in Community Economic and Social Development is available to non-CESD majors and provides academic and professional experience in the field. The Certificate in CESD will consist of 30 credits from CESD 1006, 1007, 2016, 2106, 2406, 2607, CESD 3016, 3017, and 6 additional credits CESD, upper year.

The First Nation Social Policy and Community Development (FNSPCD) certificate is a stand-alone certificate relevant to learners interested in working in the area of social policy and community development in First Nation communities, such as social agency workers, ministry representatives, students interested in policy and social studies. The certificate may also act as a pathway for learners into the CESD or CDEV degree programs. The Certificate in FNSPCD will consist of 30 credits from CESD 1006 or 1007, 1206, 1207, COSC 1701, CESD 2016 Community Economic and Social Development: Research Methods, CESD 3906 Selected Topics in CESD: Proposal Writing and Project Management, CESD 2607 or CESD 2996, CESD 2206, plus selection from the following list of courses: CESD 2017, 3456, 3216, CESD 3906/3907 Selected topics in CESD as approved by the CESD Department.

The Certificate in Computing includes the completion of the following 30 credits:

COSC 1046/1047, 2006/2007, 2406
12 credits of COSC electives
MATH 1056

*This certificate is not available to Computer Science degree students.

The Certificate in Computer Game Technology includes the completion of the following 30 credits:

COSC 1036 Games Marketplace
COSC 2036 Computer Game Design 1
COSC 2636 Game Software Engineering
COSC 2947 Object Oriented Programming Using C++
COSC 3036 Computer Game Design II
COSC 3306 Computer Graphics I
COSC 4086 4th-year Project I
9 additional COSC credits as approved by the department. The following courses might be suitable electives:
COSC 3117 Artificial Intelligence
COSC 3506 Software Engineering
COSC 3707 Techniques of Systems Analysis
COSC 4036 Computer Game Artificial Intelligence
COSC 4106 Analysis of Algorithms
COSC 4306 Advanced Computer Graphics
COSC 4426 Topics in Computer Science I
COSC 4427 Topics in Computer Science II
COSC 4606 Data Management Systems

A certificate version of the program is also available. The Certificate in Geomatics will consist of 30 credits from GEOG 1026/27, GEOG 2016/17, GEOG 2027, GEOG 3006/3037, GEOG 3046, GEOG 3076/3096, GEOG 4006. Students may choose from GEOG 4906/4907 or GEOG 3996/97 when geomatics-related topics are covered.

The Certificate in Akii and Environmental Stewardship will consist of 30 credits in total. Eighteen (18) credits are required from the following courses which correspond to the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association’s (NALMA) Level I of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP): GEOG 2196, GEOG 2017, GEOG 3307, GEOG 4407, GEOG 4816, and GEOG 3016 or a Department of Geography approved Geography (GEOG) coded elective. For the additional twelve credits, students may select any four Geography (GEOG) coded three-credit courses (granted with the permission of the Department of Geography & Geology).

The Certificate in Information Technology includes the completion of the following 30 credits:

COSC 1046 Introduction to Computer Science I
COSC 1047 Introduction to Computer Science II
COSC 2006 Data Structures I
COSC 2307 Database Programming OR
COSC 2956 Internet Tools
COSC 3707 Techniques of Systems Analysis
ITEC 2706 Fundamentals of Information Technology
ITEC 2707 Business Strategy, Architecture and Design
ITEC 3506 Software Engineering
ITEC 3706 Managing Information Technology
MATH 1056 Discrete Mathematics I

The 30 credit certificate program is designed to meet the needs of those with a desire to broaden their knowledge of the law at work in society, as well as law enforcement officers and government supervisory personnel working for the federal or provincial governments in parole or aftercare services. It allows a part-time student to pursue university-level upgrading without a commitment to a three-year or 90-credit program. A student in the program could, however, continue in a B.A. program without the need to repeat courses successfully completed.

The certificate program is open to fulltime and part-time students in Science, professional programs, and students in Arts, who are not Law and Justice majors, as well as graduates who wish to undertake additional study in the field of Law and Justice.

The certificate program comprises JURI 1106/1107, 2106, 2107 and 18 additional credits at the 2000 or 3000 level from the Law and Justice approved course list.

The Department of Law and Politics offers a ‘Certificate In Public Policy and Administration.’ Designed for students enrolled in other degree programmes and professionals/graduates already in the workforce wishing to acquire competency in Canadian Public Policy & Administration, the certificate contains foundational as well as advanced seminar-style courses in the ‘Canadian Government, Public Policy and Administration’ stream, and streams cognate (i.e. International Relations/ Comparative Politics stream). Students are permitted and encouraged to customize part of their Certificate by taking POLI courses that complement their degree major or professional aspirations, subject to programme guidelines. Students will receive the Certificate upon graduation from their Degree Program, or from graduation from the Certificate Program.

The Certificate Requirements include: POLI 1006, POLI 1007, POLI 2706, POLI 2707, POLI 3606, POLI 3607, and 12 additional upper level POLI credits (2000, 3000, or 4000 level) as determined in consultation with the Department.

The Certificate in Social Welfare may be taken as a stand-alone program or it may be taken in conjunction with a degree program in another subject. The certificate consists of 30 credits. All courses taken for the certificate may also count toward a BA or BSW degree program.

 

The following are the certificate requirements:
SWRK 1006/1007
SWRK 2106/2107
18 additional credits from the following:
CESD 1006/1007, any SWRK course, SOCI 2016, 2086/2087, 2506*

*A maximum of 6 credits of SOCI courses may apply toward the Social Welfare certificate.