St. Lawrence College

Computer Programmer Analyst

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Program Information

School:St. Lawrence College
Faculty:Kingston campus
Degree:Diploma; Advanced
Field of Study:Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Description:The CPA program provides hands-on experience in developing computer programs to satisfy business requirements. Graduates are well trained for a career as a programmer analyst. It has an outstanding work placement program, often turning away employers looking to ‘hire’ work placement students. Our CPA graduates are highly sought after. According to the latest statistics, we teach 9 of the top 10 desired software skills.

Courtesy of ~ As the retirement date for baby boomers fast approaches there is also a demand for mainframe programming. We are one of a handful of colleges in North America that offers mainframe programming. We have a partnership with IBM’s academic initiative program where they supply our program with mainframe resources.

Learning takes place in both classrooms and computer labs. Faculty bring a wealth of real world experiences to the classroom. Our courses are constantly evolving to meet the needs of local employers. This program is well-suited to people who are interested in computers, but not math, physics or electronics.
URL:Computer Programmer Analyst at St. Lawrence College
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $16,170

Books and supplies are estimated at $400 per semester. It is highly recommended that students have access to an Windows compatible computer outside of the college. Students must finance the cost of such a computer and possibly Internet access for home use. Students will be required to use a USB flash drive for some courses.
Careers:Software EngineerUser Support Technicians

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites: Grade 12 English at the C or U level Grade 11 Math

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 78] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60]
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Apply to college as soon as the application is available in October. Applications received on or before the Equal Consideration Date will be given equal consideration. This is particularly important if you are applying to a program that is in high demand or oversubscribed; that is, a program for which the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. After the Equal Consideration Date, applications are considered on a first-come, first served basis.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on July 28, 2018