What will I learn?

The CPA program follows an experiential learning approach to education by offering courses that parallel the software development practices used in the modern workplace. Throughout the program CPA students apply concepts learned in the classroom to solve programming problems. They learn to work in project teams, in which they design, develop, and test larger-scale applications. After gaining programming and problem-solving skills, students experience real-world work environments by participating in our third-year work placement program.

The CPA program is a three-year program in which students learn a wide variety of skills, ranging from basic programming practices, problem-solving, software design, critical thinking and application development. Over the duration of the program, students will learn to write programs for desktop, web, mobile, and mainframe platforms. Students learn many programming languages, including C#, C++, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and Java, and are taught the skills to learn other languages. We are one of a handful of colleges in North America offering mainframe courses in COBOL, CICS, JCL and TSO.


The program provides you with skills in:

Problem-solving and critical thinking
Software / application development
Operating systems
Writing computer programs
Intranet/internet applications
GUI applications
Web development
Object-oriented programming
2D game development
Mobile application development
Systems design and analysis
Database design and management
Mainframe application programming


The demand for CPA graduates is high in the Kingston area as well as in Canada and abroad. Most CPA graduates enter the workforce immediately after graduation. Graduates typically advance from junior level positions to senior level and management position over the first few years of their career.

Prospects for both employment and advancement in the Information Technology industry are excellent. The typical starting salary upon graduation is $50,000.

A career as a Computer Programmer Analyst can provide you with exciting and rewarding work in areas such as: computer programming, web development, systems development, data modeling, quality assurance, mobile computing, web services and database administration.

Our graduates are employed in both the public and private sectors such as education, healthcare, military, financial, research, industry, consulting, and many more.

Which department am I in?

St. Lawrence College

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,600.00 (8,59,835) per year
Ancillary Fees: CAN $2,132.25. Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

May 2022, September 2022


Kingston Campus

100 Portsmouth Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

K7L 5A6, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

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 at the C or U level

English Language Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 78 on the internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test

IELTS (International English Language Test Service): A minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each section

CAEL (Canadian Adult English Language Assessment): An overall score of 60 is required

EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency): A minimum score of Pre-1 is required

MELAB: A minimum score of 80 is required

PTE: Pearson Test of English Language scores of 55 or higher is required

Cambridge English: Test scores of 173 of higher is required


About St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence College in South Eastern Ontario is ideal for international students looking for an immersive Canadian educational experience.

  • SLC has welcomed thousands of International students
  • Professors at SLC are experts in their industries
  • Excellent support services to help students feel at home
  • Welcoming community and social environment