Software Engineering (BEng)

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

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 highlights

  • The student-run Software Engineering and Computer Science Student Society (SCS) organizes coding nights, algorithm practice, tutorials, social events, and networking opportunities.

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


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

  • Quebec CEGEP: 28 overall, 26 math, 24 physics
    • Admission is based on applicants’ overall, math and physics CRC indicated above and completion of the following classes as part of their DEC: 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 with a minimum of 24 in the math and physics courses required for their CEGEP program.
    • Additional information for CEGEP applicants
  • High school: A- overall, B+ in math, B+ in physics
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 33 overall, 4 HL or 5 SL math, 5 HL or SL physics
    • Accepted math: Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches SL or HL
    • Math or physics course must be HL
  • Baccalauréat français: 15 overall, 14 in math, 14 in science
  • British system of education (GCE):
    • A-levels: At least two A-level exams AB, B in math, B in physics or
    • AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
    • BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
    • Students without math or physics A-levels may be admissible based on AS-level or iGCSE/GCSE/O-Level exam results. Students should include all their exam results from iGCSE (or equivalent) onwards to support their application.
    • Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
  • University transfer (internal): 3.0 overall, 3.0 in math/physics, 2.3 in courses offered by GCS
    • 2.7 in COMP 218 or 248
    • PHYS 204 or 205 (or equivalent)
    • At least two of the following (or equivalent): MATH 203, 204, 205
  • University transfer (external): A- overall, B+ in math, B+ in physics
    • Courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Chemistry and Physics


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.

Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

WINTER

November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.


We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.


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)
  • 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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