Frequently Asked Questions - Information Security Graduate Program


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Our standard application deadlines have passed for the Fall 2021 admission cycle, however those interested applying after the deadline may still be able to seek admission:


Canadians and Permanent Residents:

Applications received between April 16 and August 20, 2021 will be accepted but may be considered for a later term. Please note applications submitted during this period are required to be complete. To be considered complete the application will need to include:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume
  • Paid application fee – application assessment will not commence until the application fee has been paid

Standard Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 


International students:

Applicants interested in applying after the deadline will be considered if at the time of submitting an application the applicant resides in Canada with a current study permit. If this situation applies to you, please contact for more details.

Standard Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 

Fall 2021

ISEC 643 - Policies, Standards & Programs : Sept 7-10

ISEC 601 - Applied Cryptography : Oct 4-8

ISEC 611 - Private Data Management : Nov 1-5

ISEC 641 - Governance & Risk Management  : Dec 6-10


Winter 2022

ISEC 621 - Ethical Hacking Lab  : Lecture: Jan 7; Lab: Jan 10-14

ISEC 651 - Topics in Security and Privacy - Privacy Enhancing Technologies : Feb 7-11

ISEC 631 - Privacy by Design Lab : Lecture: Feb 28; Lab: Mar 7-11

ISEC 603 - Network Security : April 4-8


In-class lectures make up 1 week of each month’s class, students will then have course work assigned to them that will be due at the end of the month the class was taught in (e.g. ISEC 643’s class will run September 6-10, from 9am - 5pm, and will have additional course work due for submission on September 30). Please note that scheduling is subject to change for the Fall 2022 academic year.

In response to the Covid-19 global pandemic, we intend to offer all Information Security classes in Fall 2021 exclusively online, as opposed to our intended in-class model. 

Our intentions are to return to an in-class model in Winter 2022, however this is still to be determined based on the assured safety of our students and staff. 

The Information Security and Privacy certificate and masters courses will not be available for auditing.


If you hold a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree from an institution that instructs in English, the proof of English Language Proficiency required is waived.

If your previous post-secondary education was taught in a different language, proof of English Language Proficiency is required. See the current Graduate Calendar under Admission > A.1 Qualifications > 2. English Language Proficiency for full details  (

Yes, we do ask that applicants provide reference letters. They are not mandatory but will ensure a stronger application to the program if submitted.

Yes you can take courses outside your bachelor degree to meet the program prerequisites. If you missing any of the prerequisites you can take courses to meet the prerequisites, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • They are from an accredited institution or learning resource
  • The course is evaluated/graded in some way 
  • You can produce a certificate or transcript that documents your completion and grade for the course
  • Students are required to have at least a “B” grade, or equivalent, to meet the minimum requirements.

Below are examples of appropriate prerequisites from our institution:

Computer Programming:

  • CPSC 217 - Introduction to Computer Science for Multidisciplinary Studies I, 
  • CPSC 219 - Introduction to Computer Science for Multidisciplinary Studies II, 
  • CPSC 231 - Introduction to Computer Science for Computer Science Majors I

Algorithms and Data Structures:

  • CPSC 319 - Data Structures, Algorithms, and Their Applications

Either Operating Systems:

  • CPSC 457 – Principles of Operating Systems

OR Computer Networks:

If you would like to take courses outside those listed above, please ensure they meet the following requirements:

  • The learning outcomes are similar to those listed as appropriate examples
  • It is from an accredited institution or learning resource
  • The course is evaluated/graded in some way 
  • You can produce a transcript that documents your completion and grade for the course
  • Minimum of 30 hours in length
  • Students are required to have at least a “B” grade, or equivalent, to meet the minimum requirements

No, this is not a requirement of our program.


International applicants can anticipate notification of their application’s status beginning in February 2021, after the application deadline, with our intention being to notify all international applicants of their application’s status no later than May 2021. We are working to finalize domestic admissions directly following the completion of our international admissions.

Please see Information Security section of the academic calendar.

Students are also assessed General Fees.

A student enrolled in 4 courses per semester would be able to complete either the Data Privacy or Network Security Graduate Certificate in 2 semesters (8 months) or our Masters in 3 semesters (12 months). 

A certificate or masters in Information Security and Privacy can work within the Canada-Alberta Job Grant model if the employer and employee meet the criteria as set out in the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide.



Until an offer of admission is provided, only unofficial transcripts (NOT official) are required for an application to be considered complete and ready for assessment. Please do not request to have your official transcripts sent until you have been offered admission.

Unofficial transcripts (those uploaded or supplied by the student) will be used to evaluate an application for admission.



Until an offer of admission is provided, only unofficial transcripts (NOT official) are required for an application to be considered complete and ready for assessment. 

"Official transcripts" are those received by the University of Calgary directly from the issuing institution. As we are currently working remotely, please utilize the option of submitting your transcripts electronically if possible.

Electronic Copies

Official transcripts are those received by the University of Calgary directly from the issuing institution. Until further notice, due to COVID-19, we are now able to accept transcripts received from Canadian and international institutions as official via email. To be considered official:

  • Transcripts must come directly from the issuing institution’s appropriate transcript distribution email address (e.g. Registrar Office, Transcript Office)
  • Emails must be sent to
  • Please be aware that documents sent by students or faculty members cannot be accepted

Paper Copies

  • Official transcripts are to be sent in a sealed envelope to the program by the issuing institution. Request your transcripts to be sent to:

Data Science and Analytics 
ICT 602, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

No, we are able to retrieve internal transcripts, and do not require them to be sent to the program.

Please note that if you have any additional post-secondary education after your degree at the University of Calgary, this will not be on file and therefore need to be submitted.

We do not accept transcripts through WES or any other third party service.


Our Master program specifically will have some scholarships that students can apply for, but whether they would be applicable would have to be determined by you. If you go to and search for scholarships for Master’s Course-based, and include your citizenship and registration status a list will populate.  

The intention is for all Masters students to complete a 200-hour professional internship (in industry), but under certain circumstances students may complete a research internship, which will be based on campus, in lieu of one in a professional environment. The internship will be worth 6 credits. It is the program’s role to help ensure that students have opportunities to apply for and we will have an internship coordinator to facilitate making industry connections and assist in the placement of our students with appropriate industry partners, however the students will be required to apply for the position they are seeking and will need to interview to confirm the placement.

We will be offering a "Master of Information Security and Privacy", not a Master of Science degree. Our Master degree is a professional, course-based graduate-level credential.

Our program has been designed to provide technical expertise at a fast-pace to allow our program’s alumni to either elevate their career, or take it in a new trajectory.

We do not offer a thesis-based program, and our degree will not continue to a PhD-level.

The Master application will have an option to include References, but they are not required by the program, however, as the program is very popular it is advantageous to use all possible opportunities to highlight yourself as an applicant.

References can be professional or academic. 

The reference section is done through an online form, not through the submission of independent letters. As the system will not allow the reference portion to be left blank, if you do not wish to include references, to get around this issue you’re welcome use and as placeholders, and whatever text for the other required fields. The program will not be providing references, these requests will be archived and eventually removed from your To Do List.


If your original documents are not in English, we require both the original documents or certified true copies of each of your official transcripts and degree certificates in the original language sent directly from the issuing University, and an English translation from the issuing University or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of that origin.

See the "Transcript" section of our FAQ page for more information.

If you completed your previous studies in a country other than Canada, you can look up the grade equivalency for your country here:

Federal legislation stipulates that only certified consultants may offer advice about immigration issues. Students who have been accepted to the University of Calgary will have access to International Student Services (ISS) at the University of Calgary, who are certified in this area. See the following websites for more details:

Do you have a question about the program? Get in touch