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Data Privacy


Course-based program

Program overview

PLEASE NOTE: This program is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2022 term, which is currently at maximum capacity.

News stories about far-reaching, high-profile data breaches have become commonplace, pointing to a growing need for information security services. The Graduate Certificate in Data Privacy trains IT professionals to help meet that growing need.

Expand your skill set with training in identifying the legal and regulatory environment for developing standards and policies for data privacy and security. Learn how to assess privacy threats and solutions, and how to communicate this specialized knowledge to a broad range of audiences. Work with the University of Calgary’s leading researchers in cybersecurity, and gain breadth of knowledge from guest lecturers in the Faculties of Science and Law, as well as the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

This program has a single yearly intake starting in the Fall term.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will take four courses: private data management, privacy by design laboratory, policies and standards and programs; and choose one course from topics including applied cryptography or topics in privacy. 


Technology sector, system administrator, computer science research, instructor, educator, business analysis, security, IT, loss prevention, employment, advancement, career change, law enforcement, consulting.

A course-based certificate in Data Privacy is usually considered a final degree

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

4, 8, 10 or 12 months, depending on the schedule set per cohort. The maximum time allowed is three years.


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution in Computer Science. If the baccalaureate is not in Computer Science, the candidate must have successfully completed an undergraduate course in each of the following areas: computer programming with understanding of execution environments, algorithms and data structures, and either operating systems or computer networks.

Work samples


Reference letters

Two letters of recommendation

Test scores


Alternate routes to admission

Individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements but who have significant life achievement may be considered for admission to this program. The candidate must provide the Information Security Program Director with evidence demonstrating the potential to successfully undertake this certificate program. Such candidates may also be required to participate in an in-person interview with the Program Director and be required to take additional courses to meet completion requirements.

Students who successfully complete one of the post-baccalaureate certificate programs, and who then apply to the other post-baccalaureate certificate program within 5 years of completing the first certificate, will not be required to submit reference letters or transcripts.

English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


Fall Admission

  • November 1:  Application start
  • March 26:  Deadline for International applicants
  • July 12:  Deadline for Canadian/Permanent Residents

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Information Security Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Science Centre
SA 229, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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Faculty of Science

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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