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Admissions Information

Admission requirements are based on the Ontario High School System. Prospective students can view the admission requirements through the Admissions website at The overall average required for admission is determined each year on a program-by-program basis. Holding the minimum admission requirements only establishes eligibility for consideration; higher averages are required for admission to programs for which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available. All programs have limited enrolment and admission is not guaranteed. Some programs may also require specific course prerequisites and prerequisite averages and/or supplementary admission portfolios. Consult for further details.

Note: If a course is listed as recommended, it is not mandatory for admission. Students who do not follow the recommendations will not be disadvantaged in the admission process.


  • Bachelor of Information Technology (B.I.T.)

The Bachelor of Information Technology is offered jointly with Algonquin College.

Admission Requirements

First Year

To be eligible for admission to the first year of the Bachelor of Information Technology, the applicant must have the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a minimum of six 4U or M courses.

For Information Resource Management: the six 4U or M courses must include English and one of Advanced Functions or Calculus and Vectors or Mathematics of Data Management. Applicants submitting an English language test to satisfy the requirements of the English Language Proficiency section of this Calendar may use that test to also satisfy the 4U English prerequisite requirement.

For Interactive Multimedia and Design: the six 4U or M courses must include Advanced Functions. In addition, candidates for BIT in Interactive Multimedia and Design must submit a portfolio of any kind of work that demonstrates the applicant’s creativity and aptitude in design work. Detailed information about the portfolio requirements can be found at

For Network Technology: the six 4U or M courses must include one of Advanced Functions or Calculus and Vectors or Mathematics of Data Management (Calculus and Vectors recommended).

For Optical Systems & Sensors: the six 4U or M courses must include one of Advanced Functions or Calculus and Vectors or Mathematics of Data Management (Calculus and Vectors recommended). Additionally, 4U Physics is strongly recommended.

Advanced Standing

Applications for advanced standing towards the program leading to the Bachelor of Information Technology degree will be evaluated on an individual basis upon admission to the program. Students may request that additional courses be considered for advanced standing. Such requests may be made only once, and must be received by the BIT Joint Council (comprised of instructors from Carleton University and Algonquin College) by August 30 of the year in which the student is admitted to the program. Requests must follow the submission format outlined on the BIT web site.

Only university- and college-level courses in which a student has achieved a grade of C- or higher are eligible to be considered for Advanced Standing.

Co-op Option

Direct Admission to the First Year of the Co-op Option
Applicants must:

  1. meet the required overall admission cut-off average and prerequisite course average. These averages may be higher than the stated minimum requirements;
  2. be registered as a full-time student in one of the programs of the Information Technology degree stated in this section;
  3. be eligible for work in Canada (for off-campus work placements).

Meeting the above requirements only establishes eligibility for admission to the program. The prevailing job market may limit enrolment in the Co-op option.

Note: continuation requirements for students previously admitted to the co-op option and admission requirements for the co-op option after beginning the program are described in the Co-operative Education Regulations section of this Calendar.