What will I learn?

The software engineering curriculum is designed to give students a broad exposure to mathematics, natural sciences, engineering sciences, engineering design, professional practice and ethics, and an awareness of societal impact of engineering. The graduate software engineer will also possess a clear understanding of the marketplace, coupled with the necessary specialized skills in programming, databases, software design, software testing and quality assurance, signal and image processing, operating systems, software performance analysis, embedded systems, software safety and security, and digital communications.

The Diploma in Software Technology consists of the fundamentals of computer hardware and electronics, programming languages, databases, and computer networks, thus preparing the student for positions covering broad employment areas in software engineering, such as software developer, database administrator, information systems specialist, and web application developer.

The Degree Program in Software Engineering extends the graduate technologists' capabilities into more advanced conceptual and design phases of engineering by means of additional and more rigorous core and elective courses in computer science and engineering design. In the final year, the students work in teams on a capstone project that spans two semesters. Students are completely in charge of its realization, from design to production and delivery. An optional co-op education/internship Bachelor of Engineering degree is also available.

Future Careers

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Systems Architect
  • Mobile Application Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Project Manager

Co-operative Education option available for this course

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$34,000.00 (US$ 26,672) per year
Tuition Fee Year 1: CAN $34,000; Year 2 - 4: CAN $32,960

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

Application deadline

1 March 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 6 September 2022

Venue

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay Campus,

955 Oliver Road,

THUNDER BAY,

Ontario (ON),

P7B 5E1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent. Program-Specific Prerequisite courses completed at the senior level (e.g. Grade 12); Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian). Achieve a minimum admission average of 70% based on senior level (i.e. Grade 12) or equivalent courses; Complete a minimum of four academic courses at the senior level or equivalent; Satisfy the program specific prerequisites by completing academic courses at the senior level or equivalent; and Obtain high school diploma from an accredited institution. Applicants are not required to complete an ACT or SAT. TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); Michigan English Test (MET): Minimum Score: 85; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment, CAEL CE - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (Computer Edition): Minimum Score: 60.

For international students

Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent.

Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); Michigan English Test (MET): Minimum Score: 85; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment, CAEL CE - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (Computer Edition): Minimum Score: 60.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Durham College
  • Algonquin College
  • Sheridan College (Ontario)
  • Confederation College
  • Fleming College
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About Lakehead University

Lakehead University is a vibrant and forward-thinking institution that provides a transformative educational experience for students.

  • In Canada’s top 10 undergraduate universities
  • 1 of Canada’s most beautiful campuses (Huffington Post)
  • Based in Ontario, with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia
  • 97.7% employment rate within two years of graduation

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