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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 Dhillon School of Business caters to students intrigued by technology, adept at problem-solving, and skilled in data analysis, identifying patterns and making data-driven decisions. Throughout the curriculum, students delve into programming basics, hardware and software systems, data structures, and computer architecture to deepen their grasp of computer science concepts.

Additionally, students have the flexibility to complement their studies with a minor in fields like accounting, business management, marketing, mathematics, or operations management. Being part of the Dhillon School of Business offers students access to various enriching opportunities, including Co-operative Education (Co-op) work terms, the Integrated Management Experience (IME), work-study programs in Hungary and/or Malaysia, international exchanges, and participation in 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?

Prospective students interested in the program at ULethbridge can begin by finishing their UTP (University Transfer Program) studies at ULethbridge International College Calgary (UICC). Situated in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, UICC acts as a bridge for international students aiming for a seamless progression to university-level education at ULethbridge, renowned as one of Canada’s leading research universities.

UICC stands out as a top preference among international students, holding the #1 spot for medical and science research grants in the undergraduate sector and achieving an impressive 95% graduate employment rate. Each year, the campus attracts over 1000 international students from 90 different countries, marking the beginning of their academic journey in Canada. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to network with a vast alumni base of over 52,000 successful individuals 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

After successfully finishing Stage I, students at UICC will progress to Stage II: Business Management, spanning three academic terms, equivalent to the initial year of business studies at ULethbridge. Upon meeting the requisite university admission criteria for Stage II, students can then apply to transfer to ULethbridge or its Dhillon School of Business as second-year students.

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?

Since the inception of computing, characterized by Charles Babbage’s creation of the first computer in 1822, to the current age of artificial intelligence and blockchain, technology has consistently transformed both industries and societies. As our society progresses and discovers innovative applications for technology, the significance of expertise in computer science becomes increasingly evident.

As a computer science graduate, you can expect: 

High demand and job security: The need for proficient computer scientists is on the rise across various sectors. From major tech companies to healthcare, finance, and entertainment, nearly every industry relies heavily on technology. This heightened demand ensures strong job security, providing employees with stability and long-term prospects in their careers.

Lucrative salaries: Graduates in computer science often pursue roles such as software developers, engineers, data scientists, systems analysts, product managers, and IT consultants. These positions typically offer competitive salaries, reflecting their significant contribution to innovation and problem-solving. As technology advances, companies are willing to offer substantial compensation to skilled individuals capable of developing, maintaining, and optimizing complex systems.

Versatile skill set: Engaging in computer science studies equips individuals with versatile and transferable skills highly sought after in the technology sector. Whether one’s interests lie in software development, cybersecurity, financial technology, or entrepreneurship, the problem-solving abilities and technical expertise acquired through a computer science curriculum are applicable across various fields.

Did you know?

Based on Lightcast’s employment data for computer science graduates in 2023, there were 1,431 job listings in Alberta and a total of 17,178 job opportunities advertised throughout Canada over the previous year.

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

Common job titles include technical support representatives, computer graphics technicians, telecommunications managers, AI developers, communications control technicians, statisticians, and technical information specialists.

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

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