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IT Generalist

IT Generalist

Develop a broad, general knowledge of computer technology and IT skills.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available


The IT Generalist program provides you with the broad skill set needed to work in the information technology (IT) industry.

You learn fundamental IT skills in a range of areas, including network systems security, web development, programming and more. Through both core and elective courses designed to represent the IT needs of your region, the program allows you to focus on specific areas of study, depending on specific industry needs.

Graduates leave this program ready to take on a variety of entry-level positions within the IT sector.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

Graduates of this program are employed in the following positions

  • technical service representative
  • technical support advisor
  • web support – server and client side
  • general IT support for small businesses

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from expert faculty who bring years of industry experience to the classroom.
  • Courses are designed to give you a well-rounded experience that parallels industry workplaces.
  • You gain practical experience and apply your skills during work terms.
  • You graduate with a portfolio that captures your skills and achievements – a definite asset in a competitive job market.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • It's recommended you have a Grade 12 math credit, but this is not a requirement for admission to the program.
  • The range of available courses varies by campus. Your Faculty Advisor and Academic Chair will assist you in ensuring all graduation requirements are met.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BART 3075   Entrepreneurship Project
COMM 1700   Professional Practices for IT I
COMM 2700   Professional Practices for IT II
COMM 3700   Professional Practices for IT III
COMM 4700   Professional Practices for IT IV
COMP 2000   Applied Social Media
DBAS 1007   Data Fundamentals
DBAS 1020   Data Security
DBAS 2104   Business Analysis Essentials
DBAS 3075   Introduction to Statistical Learning
DBAS 3200   Data Driven Application Programming
INFT 2100   Project Management
INFT 2600   IT International Placement
INFT 3000   Capstone
INFT 3100   Work Experience or Industry Project
INFT 4100   Work Experience
ISEC 1005   Cyber Crime Survey
NETW 1700   Introduction to Networking and Security
NETW 2710   Introduction to Cloud Computing & Server Virtualization
OSYS 1000   Operating Systems - Linux
OSYS 1020   Operating Systems Security
OSYS 1200   Introduction to Windows Administration
PROG 1400   Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
PROG 1700   Logic and Programming I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
WEBD 1000   Website Development
WEBD 3100   Web Design Fundamentals