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Dual Credential in Computer Science

Starting in September 2021, a new dual credential option will be offered which provides secondary school graduates and other eligible students with an opportunity to complete both a Northern College Computer Engineering Technician diploma and an Algoma University General Bachelor of Computer Science degree in just over three years of full-time study. 

For more information, please contact:


Emilene Dumoulin 
Student Services Coordinator, Timmins
Algoma University
[email protected]

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Students have an opportunity to develop a range of in-demand skills that relate to the Information Technology industry, including Cisco (CCNA), CCNA Security, Networks +, A+ Certification, Server+ and Linux + Certification.


The goal of the dual credential program is to encourage interested domestic students to consider continuing their post-secondary education in the North while maximizing the benefits of both college and university level studies. The dual credential program in Computer Science provides opportunities for students to explore career interests and it assists students in making a successful transition between college and university.

A program of study offered by a university and a college in which successful completion of the requirements is confirmed by a separate and different degree/diploma document being awarded by each of the participating institutions.

The diploma and degree programs will require students to complete seven (7) academic terms of full-time study, all of which will be available at Northern College’s Timmins Campus or through virtual delivery.

The program progression is as follows:


Semester 1 [NC]

CM1903 Communications I
GN1033 Health and Safety
IN1004 Cisco Networking I
IN1044 Introduction to Programming
IN1104 IT Essentials I
MA1100 Mathematics I


Semester 2 [NC]

CM2903 Communications II
EE4013 Data Cabling
IN2034 Cisco Networking II
IN2054 Windows Server Administration
IN2343 Intermediate Programming
MA2104 Mathematics II


Semester 3 [AU] **

COSC1047 Introduction to Computer Science II
MATH1056 Discrete Mathematics I
COSC2006 Data Structures I
COSC2007 Data Structures II
COSC2406 Assembly Language Programming

During semester three, AU and NC will resource dedicated academic support services that students will be able to access to support their academic success. The TA model will assist in the students’ learning and align the sequential learning of the program.


Semester 4 [NC]

EL1003 Elective I
GN2133 Law and Ethics
IN2105 Markup Languages
IN3084 Cisco Networking III
IN3094 Linux Server Administration
IN3193 Database Management


Semester 5 [NC]

IN2004 Systems Security
IN4074 Internet Programming
IN2104 IT Essentials II
IN6003 Systems Analysis
IN4064 Cisco Cyber Ops
IN4023 Virtual Systems Administration




Semester 6 [AU]

COSC 3106 Theory of Computing or COSC 3407 Operating Systems
MATH 2056 Discrete Mathematics II
COSC elective, upper year
COSC elective, upper year
MATH 1057 Linear Algebra


Semester 7 [AU]

COSC 3127 Programming Languages or COSC 3406 Computer Organization
COSC 3506 Software Engineering
COSC elective, upper year
COSC elective, upper year
COSC elective, upper year


** During semester three [AU], students will have an academic tutor [TA] available to them as part of the academic support services.


Courses at both Northern College and Algoma University will be delivered predominantly by distance education, however, as current pandemic related travel restrictions ease, the program delivery may have a blended approach including online, face-to-face, and condensed course delivery. Academic leaders of the respective programs at Northern College and Algoma University will collaboratively determine the mix of course delivery options.

Domestic and International students will be admitted to Northern College based on the current NC admission requirements except for the English Language requirement.  

The IELTS requirement for the dual credential program will be an overall score of 6.0 [including 6.0 in each band of reading, writing, listening and speaking].

Students who have studied for three years [full-time studies] in an approved secondary school [in or outside of Canada] which follows the Ontario or Canadian secondary school curriculum will be waived the IELTS.  The minimum grade requirement for Grade 12 English [academic path] is 70%.

Students who have completed a previous computer science/systems credential including a diploma and/or certificate will be considered for admission to the program.

Students who have completed a first degree in an unrelated field or related computer science/systems program would need to be assessed by Algoma University to ensure their first credential meets Algoma University’s second degree regulations.  Applicants would apply to Northern College and transcripts would be forwarded to Algoma University for review. The decision regarding admissibility would then be communicated back to Northern College prior to the issuance of an offer of admission. In all cases, admission requirements for second degree students are a minimum cumulative average of 60% or C-grade.

Prospective domestic and international students interested in the dual credential program in Computer Science should visit the Ontario College Application Services website. 

Tuition: International students – $15,500 per term (15cr); Domestic student tuition will be equal to the institution specific domestic tuition charged by the respective institutions during the academic semesters when students take their courses (see course progression chart).

Ancillary fees and tuition fees will be collected by Northern College.

Northern College admission procedures shall be followed at the point of application with review by the Algoma University Admissions Office as noted:

  • All prospective students will be directed to the OCAS site via Northern College Admissions.
  • The regular Northern College CET Diploma criteria will be required and admissions processing will be performed by Northern College. 
  • Offers of admissions, or denials, together with relevant applicant data will be forwarded by Northern College for Algoma University Admissions review prior to being issued.
  • Northern College issues the offer letter, signed by the Registrars of both institutions, assuring the student of enrolment in the dual credential program.
  • If students wish to defer their studies for any reason, they shall restart the dual credential program in the subsequent term.

Students admitted to the AU-NC dual credential program will begin their studies taking courses offered through the Timmins campus of Northern College. At present, for terms consisting of university programming, students have the option to complete their studies from a range of options (Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Virtual).

After the first five terms of the program have been completed, students may transfer seamlessly to the Brampton campus to complete semesters six and seven.

Students interested in continuing to the four-year Bachelor of Computer Science degree program may do so after successful completion of the seventh semester. Interested students will be provided further details on this option during term three of their programming.

Final decisions should be made in consultation with your assigned academic advisor.

Scholarship opportunities will be made available to students who are enrolled in the dual credential program.  

Access to scholarships will provide students with financial relief and will incent students to perform well academically.

Academic entrance awards/scholarships to support the dual credential program will be assigned as follows:


TERM ONE: five [5] awards valued at $500 each for a total of $2500

TERM TWO: five [5] awards valued at $500 each for a total of $2500


AU will match the $5000 total [non-renewable] in term three of the program with the following conditions:

  1. Students must be enrolled in the Algoma University – Northern College Dual Credential Program in Computer Science in order to qualify.
  2. Students must be enrolled in FT studies, a minimum of 15 credits during the designated term which will be delivered by Algoma University – in the program map, this is term three [3].
  3. In order to be eligible for the Algoma University scholarship, students must have completed the requirements of the first two terms of the program at Northern College in their entirety.  Students missing a required course during their first two terms at Northern College, will not be eligible.
  4. All scholarships for this program are non-renewable.
  5. Students who have completed the first two terms of the program at Northern College and continue their studies at Algoma University during term three with a minimum GPA of 3.40 will be eligible for awards and scholarships — no application is required.

For more information on scholarships and bursaries, please contact [email protected]