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Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.)

Software Engineering Technology

Learn about the design, development, and deployment of computing systems in the software products and computing infrastructure areas from both technical and managerial points of view.

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Our unique online “diploma to degree” program is tailor-made for college graduates wishing to upgrade their education and further their careers. All eligible program entrants receive two years’ worth of advanced credit from their previously completed college diploma or university degree. The greatest advantage of the program is you can complete your degree while you're working.  

There are 24 courses required to complete your 4 year McMaster University degree. 17 core technical topics include mathematics, software design and testing, data analysis, networking, security, computer architecture, and advanced programming concepts such as parallel software architectures and real-time systems. Seven management courses complement your studies. Now offering courses in data science and artificial intelligence.

Graduates are ideal candidates for engineering, business analysis, project management, and supervisory roles that require a technical background. They create and manage computing systems to support a wide range of applications such as telecommunications, manufacturing, e-commerce, finance and healthcare. 

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Sample Careers:

  • Software Solutions Manager, Contact Resource Services
  • Electrical Infrastructure Designer, IBI Group
  • Associate Director, Pivotal Labs Toronto
  • Founder & CEO, Radtek Inc

Further Studies:

  • MBA, Brock University
  • M.A.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen's University
  • M.Eng., Product Design, McMaster University
  • M.Eng., Computer Science, McMaster University
  • M.Eng., Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology, University of Waterloo


Program Structure

Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the Degree Completion Program. Admission will be considered on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed. See the Admission Requirements tab for more information.

A flexible evening and weekend schedule runs for 12 months of the year (3 semesters), giving students the option to work full-time while completing the online degree program.  This program is McMaster's first fully online undergraduate program.




Required Courses: 

ENGTECH 3DM3 - Discrete Mathematics
ENGTECH 3MA3 - Mathematics V
ENGTECH 3ST3 - Probability and Statistics
GENTECH 3EE3 - Engineering Economics
GENTECH 3FS3 - Financial Systems
GENTECH 3MP3 - Management Principles
GENTECH 4PM3 - Project Management
GENTECH 4SE3 - Technology Ethics and Sustainability
SFWRTECH 3CS3 - Computer Security
SFWRTECH 4DS3 - Data Structures and Algorithms
SFWRTECH 3IT3 - Networking Principles
SFWRTECH 3OS3 - Operating Systems
SFWRTECH 3PR3 - Procedure and Object Oriented Programming
SFWRTECH 3RQ3 - Software Requirements and Specification
SFWRTECH 4CC3 - Parallel Programming
SFWRTECH 4DA3 - Data Analytics and Big Data
SFWRTECH 4DM3 - Data Mining
SFWRTECH 4ES3 - Real-Time Systems
SFWRTECH 4FD3 - Senior Engineering Project
SFWRTECH 4NI3 - Advanced Networking Infrastructure
SFWRTECH 4SA3 - Software Architecture
SFWRTECH 4SD3 - Software Design
SFWRTECH 4WP3 - Advanced Web Programming
WHMIS 1A00 - Introduction to Health and Safety

Management Electives (choose 2 of the following 7)

GENTECH 3DM3 - Creativity, Innovation and Technology
GENTECH 3EN3 - Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation
GENTECH 3TC3 - Technical Communications
GENTECH 4EM3 - Legal and Regulatory Issues
GENTECH 4LM3 - Lean Thinking and Practices
GENTECH 4SF3 - Strategic Management
GENTECH 4ST3 - Contemporary Issues In Management

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an advanced technology diploma (3 year) or equivalent in related technology field with a minimum cumulative GPA of 75% in one of the following fields: 

  • Computer Systems Technology (Software or Networking) 
  • Computer Engineering Technology 
  • Computer Programmer/Analyst
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology

Additional Notes:

  •  If your cumulative GPA is between 70-75%, or if it has been more than 10 years since you completed your qualifying education, please consider applying to the Technology Certificate program which, upon completion, may qualify you for admission into the B.Tech. Degree Completion program.
  • Applicants with educational backgrounds equivalent to those completing advance level college diplomas, including internationally educated applicants, will be considered on an individual basis and are encouraged to apply. We cannot pre-assess candidates for admission prior to becoming applicants.
  • You must submit transcripts for ALL post-secondary work that you have completed (i.e. at a university or college in Canada or internationally), including work in any non-technology field completed prior to or after your advanced diploma.

Eligible College Partner Programs

A list of eligible college partner programs can be found here.

How to Apply

1. Review your eligibility for the program in the Admission Requirments tab. If you don’t see your Advanced Diploma program listed, please contact us at Those who must begin in the Technology Certificate program can find application information here.

2. Fill out the online application: (enter Program Code - MET and select your area of interest)

3. If you have not already done so through your OUAC application, please send official post-secondary transcripts directly from your institution to:

Admissions Office, Gilmour Hall, Room 108 McMaster University 
1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

Submit transcripts for all post-secondary work, regardless of when it was completed or what field your studies were in.

  • Applicants with international credentials must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services ( We require a WES course-by-course with an overall GPA assessment to be completed and sent to McMaster.
  • High school transcripts are NOT required.

4. Complete the required Supplementary Form  

When to Apply

Term Application Deadline Document Deadline
Winter 2020 November 15, 2019 December 1, 2019
Spring/Summer 2020 April 1, 2020 April 15, 2020
Fall 2020 July 15, 2020 August 1, 2019

Not finished college yet? In order to finalize your admission, we require final transcripts and indication that an advanced diploma has been granted. For this reason, students cannot begin in the term immediately following college studies.

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Gaining relevant co-op experience is an essential part of earning a B.Tech. degree. This required program 8 month co-op component will allow students to gain valuable work experience and career connections.

While support and guidance is available through the Engineering Co-op and Career Services to assist students with searching for jobs, resume writing and interviewing skills, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to satisfy the co-op program requirement.

Students who have completed college work terms or who have work experience in a related field can be assessed for a waiver for the co-op requirement.

For further information, visit the co-op website »

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