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Software Security


Course-based program

Program overview

Please note: applications for this program are not currently being accepted.

Smart devices are everywhere, and as the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, so do the risks associated with software vulnerabilities. The Graduate Certificate in Software Security prepares IT professionals to provide security solutions for software systems, applications, mobile devices and the growing number of smart devices that are part of the IoT.

Learn theory and practice while gaining hands-on experience in developing secure products, applying threat modelling, and assessing security. Professionals and recent computer science graduates who complete this program will also gain skills in analyzing and communicating threats and solutions while considering the legal and ethical dimensions of software security.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will three take courses: system and application security, software security, mobile and smart devices; and choose one course from topics including governance and risk management, policies and standards, incident management and forensics.


Technology sector, business start-ups, computer science research, business analysis, security, IT, loss prevention, employment, advancement, career change, software development, product development.

A course-based certificate in Software 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.

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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