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Mobile Application Developer

Closed for Fall 2018

Length: 26 Weeks
Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn to create mobile applications for iOS and Android devices – from idea to launch – through this program that covers the concepts of app development, from architecture requirements to quality assurance.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $11,473
Year 1 (International): $17,520

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: review of your supporting documentation (career and program investigation form, resumé, and previous computer experience) and a selection appointment. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
TermProgram start
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 

Build on your post-secondary education

Our post diploma certificates build on existing knowledge while introducing new, specialized skills for a Mobile Application Developer. This accelerated program includes an eight-week industry practicum that will reinforce your learning and build confidence for your new career. Before you jump in, test the waters! Call 403.210.4522 to arrange to be a student for a day and sit in one or more classes for free.

Program Details

Program Description

SAIT's new 26-week Mobile Application Developer program is a post-diploma certificate to prepare experienced developers for exciting opportunities in native mobile app development in iOS and Android platforms. You will learn the concepts of mobile app development from ideation and requirements gathering to testing and launch. You will gain an understanding of architecture requirements specific to mobile application development and develop knowledge of testing, quality assurance and go-to-market strategies. Since mobile application development is continually changing to meet market demand, there will be an opportunity to explore emerging technologies related to mobile applications and their relationship to mobile devices, robotics, or industrial applications. A threaded project will reinforce the concepts learned throughout the program, as teams will choose which platform to focus on to develop a mobile app. After 18 weeks in class, enhance your training and start your career with an 8-week industry practicum.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as a mobile application developer, iOS developer, Android developer, software developer - mobile.

Student Success

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.

Credentials and accreditation and Accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT post-diploma certificate as a Mobile Application Developer.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • SAIT

To learn more, visit Transfer Options

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.

Admission Requirements

  • Two‐year diploma or degree in information technology, software development or computer science, with a focus on object‐oriented programming knowledge, specifically Java. Preferably one solid year of programming experience in addition to education.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.  

Selection is done on a continuous basis and is based on the following criteria:

  • Current resumé outlining previous education and experience.
  • ICT Fast-Track Career & Program Investigation form. This form will be emailed to you once you have applied. It will be scored to determine suitability for the program; please be detailed and thorough.
  • A photocopy of your educational transcripts and any other supporting documents.  
  • Proof of previous Java or C# computer programming experience. Transcripts, substantial industry experience or certifications will be considered.
  • Attend a mandatory selection appointment once the above documents have been submitted and scored by the department. Telephone appointments can be scheduled for out-of-town applicants.  
  • The final decision for acceptance into the program will be determined by the Academic Chair.

Step 4: Apply to Mobile Application Developer and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Submit your resumé, Career & Program Investigation form and transcripts.

  • Send your documentation to the School of ICT Fast-Track office by email to fast-track@sait.ca or fax to 403.210.4523.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add fast-track@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Ideal Applicant

The ideal candidate for the Mobile Application Developer program will be an experienced developer with two years recent experience in Java or C#. You are capable of learning independently and enjoy self-directed study. You are collaborative and work well in teams.


Program Outline

  • The curriculum in SAIT's fast track programs is constantly changing to reflect the needs of the market and ensure the classes offered are up-to-date.

Semester 1 

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CPRG-401 Testing, Launch and Distribution 1.5
CPRG-403 App Development - Android Programming 3.0
CPRG-404 App Development - IOS Programming 3.0
CPRG-406 Mobile App Design & Architecture 3.0
CPLN-400 Career Planning and Management 1.5
MGMT-402 Ideation and Requirements Gathering 3.0
PROJ-401 Mobile Application Threaded Project 1.5

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CPRG-405 Emerging Mobile Technologies 1.5
PRAC-404 Mobile App Developer Practicum 3.0


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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $10,500 $450 $523 $11,473

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $16,547 $450 $523 $17,520


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110
Dental Plan: $125
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are included in the tuition.
  • Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.

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* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

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