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Network Security

Certificate (Cert)

Course-based program

Program overview

The field of cybersecurity is growing, along with a demand for IT professionals capable of identifying security threats, developing secure networks and communicating cybersecurity risks and solutions to business leaders.

The Graduate Certificate in Network Security provides working IT professionals with the theory, tools, practices, and communication skills needed to help you grow your career in cybersecurity. Professionals completing the certificate can expect to gain a strong conceptual foundation bolstered by hands-on training in network security and applied cryptography methods and practices. This includes a laboratory course in Ethical Hacking, focused on providing experience in identifying network vulnerabilities.

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

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will take courses in applied cryptography, network security, and ethical hacking; students choose one course from topics including: governance and risk management, policies and standards, incidence management and forensics.


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 Network Security 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, or algorithms and data structures, either operating systems or computer networks.

Alternate routes to admission

Applicants not meeting formal academic requirements but who have significant life achievement may be considered for admission. The candidate must provide evidence to the Information Security Program Director demonstrating the potential to undertake this certificate program. Such candidates may be required to participate in an interview with the Program Director and complete additional courses.

Graduates who apply to a post-baccalaureate certificate program within five years of completing another UCalgary post-baccalaureate certificate will not be required to submit reference letters or transcripts.

Documents and/or work samples


Reference letters

Two letters of recommendation

Test scores


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

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Science

Biological Sciences, Room 540
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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