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Information Security and Privacy

Master of Information Security and Privacy (MISP)

Course-based program

Program overview

Cybersecurity threats are the critical issue facing our digital infrastructure, and the projected shortage of professionals equipped to tackle the increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks leaves all industries and sectors vulnerable. The MISP program will prepare the next generation of students and working professionals to defend our software and network systems against known and future threats; in addition to state-of-the-art technical expertise, students in the MISP will have the opportunity to gain professional experience through the internship option as part of this degree.

This program integrates the most recent research and best practices in information security, while being flexible in its approach to ensure that students’ learning can quickly adapt to rapid technological advancements. Students will be able to apply the theories they learn to practice, and solve problems and challenges faced by industry and society as technology continues to advance.

Completing this program

Complete 8 courses (24 credits total) in 2 of the 3 Certificate program options:

  • Data Privacy
  • Network Security
  • Software Security

And an internship or capstone project (equivalent to 6 credits), for 30 credits total.


Technology sector, business start-ups, computer science research, government, information technology.

A course-based degree is usually considered a final degree.

The Master of Information Security and Privacy is a continuous program with no scheduled break.

Course-based program

Eight core courses, and an internship or capstone project.

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Expected completion for direct-entry full-time students is 12 months; maximum four years.

Expected completion time via the laddered certificate pathway is two years; maximum four years from the start of the first certificate.


An Academic Advisor is assigned to each cohort.

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 last two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

4-year undergraduate degree from a recognized institution.

Successful completion of an undergraduate course (or provide evidence of equivalent knowledge) in each of the following computer science areas:

  • Computer programming with understanding of execution environments;
  • Algorithms and data structures;
  • And either: Operating systems or Computer networks.


Work samples




Prerequisite Learning PDF

Optional - Letter of Intent


Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

If an applicant holds a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree from an institution that instructs in English, the proof of English language proficiency required is waived.

If an applicant's previous post-secondary education was taught in a different language, proof of English Language Proficiency is required and may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:


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 Program

Science A 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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