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Graduate Certificate Information Security

Athabasca University

Athabasca University
The Graduate Certificate in Information Security (GC InfoSec) is offered by Athabasca University's Faculty of Science and Technology. This certificate program is intended for students who are normally working in the IT sector and are seeking work specifically in the information security sector. Once the certificate is completed students will be qualified for positions in the following areas: Computer Security Specialist, Computer Specialist, Information Technology Specialist, Security Analyst, and System Analyst. The program is designed to attract individuals looking for a highly relevant and immediately applicable, short-term learning project. It is a comparatively low-cost and low-risk alternative for individuals who have been away from formal learning for some time, or who may lack confidence in their ability to succeed in graduate-level studies. The program also provides opportunity to ladder directly to the Master of Science with Specialization in Information systems (MSc IS) program.

1 University Drive
Athabasca, Alberta, T9S 3A3, Canada

  • Program Type Graduate
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Only
Admission Requirements
  • Hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in computer science, information systems, or a related area, or
  • Hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and have significant professional-level experience with information technologies, or
  • Hold the Canada’s Association of I.T. Professionals Information Systems Professional (CIPS ISP) designation or equivalent.
If the potential applicant does not have a degree, but believes his or her education and experience is equivalent to an undergraduate degree, then it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide adequate documentation to support their request as part of the application process. The admission committee will review the supporting documentation to determine the applicant’s eligibility to the entry in the program.   Applications for program admissions will be considered only if the applicant has full and unrestricted Internet access.   If academic credentials are more than five years old, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide evidence that they have worked in an IT field within the past five years and that their knowledge and skills are current.

Distance Delivery Options

The GC InfoSec program will be conducted in an online paced study mode involving online study as part of a group, with specific start and end dates. The courses in the GC InfoSec program will be offered during three terms each year. Please refer to the Academic Schedule for each term start date. All course work should be completed during the term periods. Online paced study delivery has the following characteristics: Students engage with fellow students and instructors and complete various course activities on a 13-week timetable. Terms start three times each year: September, January, or May. Exams, where applicable, are written in the last scheduled week of classes.

Application Deadline
There are two program intakes per year. The SCIS Graduate office must receive all application materials by March 1 for admission to the program for Fall semester, and by October 1 for consideration to the program for the Winter semester.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $7,472.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees N/A Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments N/A Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 05, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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