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Are You Tech-Savvy? Check Out ULethbridge’s Computer Science (Management) Program
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Are You Tech-Savvy? Check Out ULethbridge’s Computer Science (Management) Program

About the Computer Science (Management) program

Program information

  • Campus location: Lethbridge, AB
  • Intake: Fall; Spring
  • Program options:
    • Bachelor of Management
    • Combined degree in Management (Computer Science must be used on the Bachelor of Science side of a Combined Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Management)
    • Bachelor of Management as a Second Degree

Program description

The Computer Science (Management) program at the University of Lethbridge’s (ULethbridge) Dhillon School of Business is designed for students who are fascinated by technology, enjoy tackling complex problems, and have a knack for analyzing data, identifying patterns and making data-driven decisions. Throughout the program, students will learn and familiarize themselves with programming fundamentals, hardware and software systems, data structures and computer architecture to further their understanding of computer science. 

Students can supplement their studies by minoring in a secondary line of study, such as accounting, business management, marketing, math and operations management. As part of the Dhillon School of Business, students will also have access to a variety of exciting opportunities, such as Co-operative Education (Co-op) work terms, Integrated Management Experience (IME), work-study programs in Hungary and/or Malaysia, international exchanges and case competitions. 

See here to learn more about student opportunities and experiences. 

Courses

Examples of courses in this program include:

  • MGT 3062: Information Systems and Data Analytics 
  • Computer Science 3740: Programming Languages
  • HRLR 2030: Introduction to Organizational Behaviour 
  • Computer Science 2720: Practical Software Development 
  • FINC 3040: Finance

A complete list of courses in the Computer Science program can be found here

How do I get into the program? 

Students who wish to apply for the program at ULethbridge may first complete their UTP (University Transfer Program) studies at ULethbridge International College Calgary (UICC). UICC is a pathway college in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, and serves as a stepping stone for aspiring international students seeking a smooth transition to university-level studies at ULethbridge, one of Canada’s top research universities. 

UICC is a particularly popular choice for international students, with the school ranking #1 in medical and science research grants in the undergraduate category, and boasting a 95% graduate employment rate. Every year, over 1000+ international students from 90 countries gather on campus to kickstart their academic future in Canada, and students can connect with more than 52,000 successful alumni worldwide. 

See here for program-specific admission requirements. 

What is a pathway program and how does it work?

At UICC, students can enter one of two UTPs, depending on their current academic standing and English proficiency. Read our article here to learn more about UTP Stage I and Stage II. 

UTP Stage II: Business Management

Upon successful completion of Stage I, UICC students will enter Stage II: Business Management for three academic terms, which is equivalent to the first year of business studies at ULethbridge. Once students have satisfied the necessary university admission requirements for Stage II, they will be eligible to apply to transfer to ULethbridge or ULethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business as a second-year student. 

Intake dates for UTP Stage II are as follows:

  • January
  • May
  • September

See here for more information on UICC’s UTP Stage I: Foundation and UTP Stage II: Business Management. 

Why learn computer science?

From the early days of computing, marked by the invention of the first computer by Charles Babbage in 1822, to the present era of artificial intelligence and blockchain, technology has continually reshaped industries and societies alike. As our society continues to evolve and we find new ways to use technology, the importance of computer science expertise becomes even more pronounced. 

As a computer science graduate, you can expect: 

  • High demand and job security: The demand for skilled computer scientists continues to soar across industries. From “Big Tech” to healthcare, finance, entertainment, just about every sector relies on technology. This high demand translates into robust job security, meaning that employees can expect stability and longevity in their careers. 
  • Lucrative salaries: Computer science graduates often pursue careers as software developers, engineers, data scientists, systems analysts, product managers and IT consultants. Each of these roles are often accompanied by competitive salaries, which reflects the important role they play in innovation and problem-solving. As technology becomes increasingly complex, companies are willing to compensate skilled individuals who can develop, maintain and optimize equally complex systems. 
  • Versatile skill set: Pursuing CS equips you with versatile and transferable skills that are highly valued in the technology industry. Whether you’re interested in software development, cybersecurity, FinTech or even entrepreneurship, the problem-solving abilities and technical expertise that are gained through a CS curriculum are applicable in all fields. 

Did you know?

According to Lightcast’s 2023 employment statistics for computer science graduates, there have been 1,431 job postings in Alberta and a total of 17,178 job postings across Canada in the past 12 months.

Graduates can also expect the following average salaries based on their years of experience (YOE):

  • Canada (0-5 years of experience): $79,200
  • Canada (6+ years of experience): $109,300
  • Alberta (0-5 years of experience): $83,200
  • Alberta (6+ years of experience): $111,600

Canada’s top employers include companies like TD Bank, 3M, Bombardier, Scotiabank and RBC. In Alberta, these companies include Enbridge, Alberta Health Services, Nutrien, Suncor Energy and AECOM. 

Career opportunities

Top job titles for computer science majors in Alberta and across Canada include:

  • Systems administrator
  • Data engineer 
  • Process Engineers
  • IT manager
  • Solutions architect

Other common roles and job titles include technical support representatives, computer graphics technicians, telecommunications managers, artificial intelligence developers, communications control technicians, statisticians, and technical information specialists. 


Sources: University of Lethbridge – Computer Science (Management) Program, ULethbridge International College Calgary – Home/About

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