Build a career in full-stack software development with training in object oriented programming, web-based application development and relational databases.

The Object Oriented Software Development program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practice you need to develop solid software development skills in minimal time.

Covering introductory concepts through advanced techniques, you will gain experience in several object oriented programming languages, web and mobile application development, and relational databases while using many development tools.

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs. This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy. Students who experience success are those who make their education a priority throughout the program.

The ideal Object Oriented Software Development (OOSD) program candidate can think logically and concentrate for long periods.

You enjoy developing innovative solutions to problems using computer programming.

You are detail-oriented and can remain patient and persistent when debugging code.

You are capable of learning independently and enjoy self-directed study.

Most importantly, you possess previous work experience or education in computer programming.

Previous computer programming experience gained through education, industry experience, industry certifications, or completion of online tutorials related to computer programming or software development is strongly recommended.

Due to the tight integration of the courses in the Object Oriented Software Development program, credit for prior learning is not available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education by transferring to another institution once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Object Oriented Software Development certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 95% graduate employment rate

salary icon $70,000 average starting salary

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Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.


Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

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The Object Oriented Software Development certificate requires 28.5 credits (12 courses) to complete.

The program spans 32 weeks over two semesters (spring intake) or three semesters (fall intake.)  

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Course Credits

This course introduces object oriented software development using Java. Basic programming elements such as classes, objects, methods, flow-control, data types, and standard class libraries are covered. More advanced levels are covered, including Java GUI, Exception Handling, Event-driven programming, Layout Managers, Security, Threads, Networking, XML, JSON, and Java Database Connectivity. In order to accommodate market demand for mobile application development training, the second half of this course uses the Android operating system to teach the advanced Java topics while learning Android App development.


In this course, learners receive an introduction to network concepts, designs, client/server configurations, and system administration and networking in a Unix/Linux environment. Learners receive basic instruction in the latest Windows server environment with an emphasis on the services necessary for administration and security.


This course introduces the Microsoft .NET framework using Visual Studio and programming language C#.


This course provides learners with the necessary skills to write modern web applications in a secure fashion.


This course provides learners with the skills required to create web sites. Learners will create web applications using the latest versions of current web languages. Languages covered include Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Javascript, and Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) for displaying pages in the browser, and PHP for generating custom pages and form processing on the web server. The PHP segment will include database processing using the MySQL database server. In addition, learners will publish and post their web sites using FTP (File Transfer Protocol). The course also explores responsive web design techniques.


This course introduces participants to database concepts. The course will be delivered in three parts, interspersed with programming courses that reinforce database concepts while developing database programming skills. The first part uses MS-Access, exploring the design process using Entity Relationship Modeling, and covering relational database theory and introducing SQL. Various tools used for data maintenance, form handling, and reporting are explored. The second part explores the MS-SQL-Server database platform, and covers the use of SQL in more depth. The third part introduces development on the MS-SQL-Server database platform, providing extensive coverage of the SQL and TSQL languages.


This course introduces learners to Web Application development using Microsoft’s web application technology, and XML technology. Learners are introduced to Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS), which they will learn to install, configure, and maintain. They will build multi-tiered database-driven web applications using the ASP.NET framework, applying the VB.NET and C# languages and the MS-SQL Server database, which were taught in previous courses. They will also learn XML which, although not a Microsoft technology, is used for data transfer in web applications. The final day will involve exploration of web services architecture.


This course introduces learners to Web Application development using Open Source web application technology. Learners are introduced to the Apache Web Server, which they will learn to install, configure and maintain. They will build multi-tiered database-driven web applications and web services using Java Server Pages with Oracle and MySQLdatabases (taught in a previous course). They will explore emerging “Internet of Things” technologies using Python, electronic components, sensors, and miniature prototyping computers.


This course will include the skills required for career management including resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies and interviewing skills.


This is a practicum conducted off campus at a participating corporation or business. It provides learners with a realistic taste of what it is like to work in the technology industry. Learners are involved in all steps of the practicum process.


In this course, learners conduct a system analysis, develop a project schedule, design and build a database and web-based software application prototype and prepare a proposal.


This course familiarizes learners with software projects, discussing project definition, management, control, and other issues. Learners explore project management tools and methods, and business documents such as the request for proposal, project proposal, and project plan. Participants are introduced to the Software Development Lifecycle, exploring alternative lifecycle models, and team development with agile and extreme programming methods. Object Oriented design is explored through the use of UML diagramming techniques.



Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

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Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent OR
  • at least two years of post-secondary education from a recognized university, institute, or college.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Spring 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2023
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: Sept. 28, 2023

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024


2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2.5* $14,164.50 $1,873 $16,037.50
Total cost:

*.5 indicates a combination of full-time semester(s) and part-time semester(s) in the same academic year. In many cases, students are completing a practicum during their part-time semester. Part-time students are those taking less than nine (9) course credits in a semester.

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2.5* $21,844.11 $1,873 $23,717.11
Total cost:

*.5 indicates a combination of full-time semester(s) and part-time semester(s) in the same academic year. In many cases, students are completing a practicum during their part-time semester. Part-time students are those taking less than nine (9) course credits in a semester.

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a power-user computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Your textbooks will be provided at no additional cost.


Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Admission process

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Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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