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Software Engineering (BEng)

Program type
Option
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
4 to 5 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Software Engineering?

Design, code, and test software products – with the big picture in mind. You'll learn a range of skills that will allow you build Apps that capture a new market to large scale system like financial software and information databases. As a software engineer, your expertise in software architectures and refactoring, continuous integration and DevOps, and microprocessors will give you the tools to tackle these challenges everyday.

Concordia was one of the first universities in Canada to introduce an undergraduate program in Software Engineering. Our state-of-the-art labs for software analytics, big data, networks, 3D graphics, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence will give you experience with the tools you’ll use in the field. Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll also:

  • Study the life cycle of software products from specification through analysis and design, to testing maintenance and evaluation
  • Study the range of paradigms practised by software developers
  • Create professional-quality software systems with professional techniques and tools
  • Learn to balance large-scale product development, with safety, reliability, cost and scheduling

All of our Engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and you’ll graduate eligible to become a registered professional engineer.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering takes a minimum of four to five years (120 – 150 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Courses

The curriculum consists of the Engineering core, the Software Engineering Core and electives from one of three elective groups: Real-time, Embedded and Avionics.


Course sequences


Co-op program

The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete three paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a Co-op student, you will be involved in the development and testing of real-world software and will work alongside experienced developers and engineers. You may also:

  • Develop, program, design, and test new or existing software products
  • Develop real-time control and data acquisition systems


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 28 overall, 26 math, 24 phys.
  • High School: B+ overall, B+ math, B+ phys.
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B+ overall, B+ math, B+ phys.
  • Bacc. français: 14 overall, 14 math, 14 phys.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 31 overall, 4 math, 5 phys.  

Course requirements for admission

CEGEP students
Admission is based on applicants’ overall Math and Physics (if applicable) CRC indicated above and completion of the following classes as part of their DEC.

  • For all BEng programs:
    CHEM 101 or 202-NYA; MATH 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB and 105 or 201-NYC; PHYS 101 or 203 NYA and 201 or 203 NYB

Students completing a three-year technical DEC in a related field may also be eligible for admission without the specified profile provided they achieve a minimum overall CRC as indicated above and preferably a minimum of 24 in math and physics course(s) required for their CEGEP program. Students may be eligible for exemptions/transfer credits based on course equivalencies.

IB applicants
Math HL preferred but SL is acceptable. SL grade requirement may vary. Science HL or SL acceptable.

University transfers and mature students
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements are encouraged to apply and may still be considered for admission, provided they have completed the majority of the prerequisite courses. Transfer credits may be considered on a course-by-course basis.

Prerequisites for university transfer applicants
The following courses are required in addition to the program and may be completed at another post-secondary institution prior to admission or at Concordia.

  • For all BEng programs:
    Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, General Chemistry I


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Software Engineering alumni have established careers in a range of sectors, including telecommunications, finance, health care, manufacturing, aeronautics and the entertainment industry, notably video game and animation. Some have been hired by:

  • Bombardier
  • CAE Inc.
  • Ericsson
  • Merck Canada
  • Microsoft
  • Ubisoft

Other programs of interest

Computer Science (BCompSc)
  • Honours
  • Option
  • Co-op
Computer Science (BCompSc)

The Computer Applications option gives doubly passionate students the flexibility to combine a traditional computer science degree and with a non-traditional field. Though many students complete a Major in Computation Arts or a Major in Mathematics and Statistics, students may declare a major or minor in any area outside the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.

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