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Choosing between two Seneca CS programs

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Choosing between two Seneca CS programs

I recently accepted an offer at Seneca College for this program http://www.senecacollege.ca/programs/fulltime/CPA.html It's a 3 year (6 semester) computer programming and analysis program that comes with an ontario college advanced diploma credential and has optional co-op after 3 semesters which I intend to take.

A week ago while I was in the states to visit family I got a late admission offer for a different program at the same college. http://www.senecacollege.ca/programs/fulltime/BSD.html This is a 4 year (8 semester) honours bachelor degree program with optional co-op after 6 semesters.

Unfortunately I had already accepted my first offer to the three year program then left to visit family so I didn't even see the late admission offer for the 4 year program till today since I just got back yesterday. The offer is expired now but if there is space in the program it is likely that I will be able to get myself switched into that program.

On paper, at a glance it almost seemed like a no brainer to switch into the 4 year program for the better credential but I was hoping to get the opinion of someone more experienced than me in the field.

Some things making me reconsider my program choice; 4 years means I will graduate one year later, which means more time spent in school, and more tuition to be paid. The three year program not only means I would graduate a year sooner and hopefully get into career a year a sooner, but I will also get the co-op 3 semesters sooner, which I find to be the most attractive thing about staying with this 3 year program.

I will try to get some second opinions at my college tomorrow, not sure from who but I will ask around. I hope some of you might share insight or opinions to help me make a more informed decision because I'm not really sure which would program would be the better one for me to enroll in.

I am hesitant because it feels like I am choosing between getting into a career more quickly or taking my time to get a better credential without really knowing how either path will actually work out or differ in reality.

I'll be kind of honest, I do like the sound of doing less if in the end the results will be the same, similar or possibly better but if the results will be better doing the bachelor program I can go the extra mile and invest in doing a year more of school.
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The content in the BSD program seems to be more theoretical, while the CPA program is more technical. If your goal is to land a coding gig, the latter is probably more valuable.

Personally, I'd check whether one can start with the CPA program, learn the technical stuff, transfer to the BSD program in later years and graduate with the bachelor. Win-win.
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I agree with aeba7's assessment. If the first year of credits are transferrable between the two programs then it doesn't matter - but make sure you work your butt off so that if/when you want to transfer, and want to get credit for your credies, they will accommodate you.
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aeba7 wrote:
Sep 4th, 2018 10:42 am
The content in the BSD program seems to be more theoretical, while the CPA program is more technical. If your goal is to land a coding gig, the latter is probably more valuable.

Personally, I'd check whether one can start with the CPA program, learn the technical stuff, transfer to the BSD program in later years and graduate with the bachelor. Win-win.
Thanks, I think I'd get the both the benefit of the earlier co-op and a bachelor in the end if I can work it out like that. I'll find out how far I can get into the cpa program and still be eligible for a transfer into the bsd program in later years.
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Sep 4th, 2018 11:30 am
I agree with aeba7's assessment. If the first year of credits are transferrable between the two programs then it doesn't matter - but make sure you work your butt off so that if/when you want to transfer, and want to get credit for your credies, they will accommodate you.
I intend to work my butt off regardless to make sure I manage to get a co-op offer when the co-op term comes around. I was told my by my professor today that the first semester between both programs are pretty much the same and transferrable. I'll have to ask about the rest.

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