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Accelerated Degree

Are you looking for a new career or interested in technology? Do you want to enhance your previous post-secondary education? You could earn a computer science degree in as little as 12 months at Algoma University.

Today’s society is living in a revolution powered by computers. The growth in the past decade in both computer technology and applications has been phenomenal. The demand for graduates with computer science degrees is high and is expected to remain high in the decades to come, despite the troubled economy. By earning a degree in computer science, you are filling the need and high demand for computer scientists in today’s technologically advanced society. Plus, with a background in computer science, you have access to some of the highest starting salaries in today’s workplace.

Program Highlights

In the accelerated program, students will learn:

  • Software development – students learn Java, C++, C, and Scripting
  • Android programming
  • Data structures and programming
  • Database programming – database design, SQL, Oracle, and Access
  • Assembly language programming
  • Operating systems – I/O, file management, process and scheduling on Unix, and Windows
  • Networking – IPs, packets, general ISO structure of networks – applied/practical networks – installing software, managing mail, and more

This program is also a great choice and option for those interested in software engineering.

Program Design

Students who already hold a degree in a discipline other than computer science or a diploma in computer science will be able to earn a Bachelor of Computer Science (general) or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.Sc) in as little as 12 months, depending upon their previous credentials.

Classes begin in May, and accelerated courses continue throughout the spring and summer terms, before joining regular programming in the fall. Accelerated degree students can complete the program as early as April.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Hold a recognized university degree or applied degree with a minimum overall average of ‘C’ or 60 percent (students who possess a previous degree must have completed no more than 18 credits in Computer Science) OR have a two or three-year college diploma in a computer science-related field with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English (if your first language is not English).

You will graduate with a 3-year General Bachelor of Computer Science OR a General Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

The Bachelor of Computer Science has a reduced math and science course requirement that allows students to enroll in more computer science electives. Both degrees provide students with the necessary skills to be successful in the industry.

Yes, students who complete the accelerated program can continue on to the fourth year of the program and earn a four-year honours degree.

The four-year honours degree provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills even further by enrolling in additional classes. It also provides you with the opportunity to pursue a minor in Computer Games Technology or Mobile Software Engineering. An honours degree will also provide you with the opportunity to complete a thesis study and provides you with the necessary credentials to pursue a graduate studies.

Yes, it is! For all OSAP & Financial Aid inquiries, please contact Nicole Muskaluk in Financial Aid at nicole.muskaluk@algomau.ca.

Co-op is available after the accelerated semester, if a student decides to pursue a 4-year degree option. Co-op is a full term placement that can be completed during an academic semester or in the summer months. It is important to note that a co-op placement would delay the degree completion time.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree can qualify for admission as a second degree candidate. Upon receipt of your transcripts, the Office of the Registrar will review your eligibility as a second degree candidate. As long as you did not take more than 18 credits (6 courses) of Computer Science in your degree program, you are eligible for admission as a second degree candidate.

If you are graduating from a 2 or 3 year college diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0, you are eligible for the program and will receive 45 credits (15 courses) of transfer credit.