Computer science degree cost: $12,000 at one of the top programs in Canada
A computer science program at a top Canadian university cost $12 and up when it launched in 2017, a student union said Wednesday.
The program, which is designed to prepare students for a range of professional roles, is currently open to students at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, the University at Buffalo, the Université de Montréal and the University College of the Holy Cross.
The students say the tuition cost for the degree is the equivalent of a $12k computer science salary, and the union said that number is based on a single year of enrollment.
The UofT and McMaster programs are the only two Canadian universities to offer a computer science bachelor’s degree.
“We have had the honour of serving the University and community as partners in this innovative, comprehensive, and affordable program for the past year,” UofTS Vice-President David Eades said in a statement.
“Our students have made tremendous contributions to our community, and we are very proud to be a part of the UofTs innovation and growth.”
The university says its program is open to anyone with a high school diploma or diploma from a Canadian college, university or post-secondary institution.
“At the University, we have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment that promotes and supports all students,” Eades added.
“As a leading university, the U of T is committed to supporting students with a diverse set of academic and career opportunities, and this program is part of that.”
Students said they found the university’s computer science tuition plan unfair, and that the university is misleading about how much students will be paying.
“If you’re taking a computer class, then the cost is about $12 a week,” said Jules Leblanc, a computer scientist and senior adviser at a community organization called the Toronto Institute for Technology.
“But if you’re studying a field of study that you can’t afford, it’s just not worth the cost.
I’m concerned that that’s something that’s happening on campus.
I think it’s very disappointing.”
Leblanc said that the cost of the program, and of its participation in a federal program, makes the university appear to be charging too much.
“I think the university needs to explain to its students that this is a program that they can actually get for less than a bachelor’s,” he said.
“They’re being paid $12 for a year of computer science, but they’re not paying that amount for four years.”
Students say the university has not provided any information on the cost or the program’s future.
“It’s really disappointing that they’re still providing these numbers, but it’s really difficult for me to understand how they’re even keeping these numbers,” said Leblanac.