Frequently Asked Questions - Information Security and Privacy Programs


Yes, we are currently accepting applications from both International and Canadian/Permanent Residents for the Fall 2021 semester for our Master degree, as well as our Graduate Certificates in Network Security, Data Privacy. This semester will offer options for both full-time and part-time applicants. 

Fall 2021 Application Deadlines

Canadians and Permanent Residents:

  • Applications received by April 15, 2021 will automatically be considered for the Fall 2021 semester. 
  • 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:
      • Official transcripts
      • Resume
      • Paid application fee – application assessment will not commence until the application fee has been paid

International students:

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 
  • 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.

Courses will be offered in-class. Online delivery is being considered for future semesters. As Fall 2021 will be the first semester the program is being offered, focus is being placed on the upcoming in-class sessions, and they have not set a date for when online classes will also be available. 

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






Data Privacy & Network Security


ISEC 643 - Policies, Standards & Programs




Sept. 6-10

Network Security

ISEC 621 - Ethical Hacking Lab



 Lecture: Sept. 27

 Lab: Oct. 4-8


Data Privacy


ISEC 611 - Private Data Management




 Nov. 1-5


Network Security


ISEC 641 - Governance & Risk Management




 Dec. 6-10


Network Security & Data Privacy


ISEC 601 - Applied Cryptography




 Jan. 10-14


Data Privacy


ISEC 613 - Topics in Data Privacy 




 Feb. 7-11

Data Privacy

ISEC 631 - Privacy by Design Lab



 Lecture: Feb. 28

 Lab: Mar. 7-11


Network Security


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:

  • Students enrolled in the Master of Information Security and Privacy will complete all courses listed above (8 courses, 24 credits total) and an internship or capstone project (equivalent to 6 credits), for 30 units total.
  • Students enrolled in the Data Privacy Certificate will complete all “required” courses, ISEC 643, 611, 631 and ONE OF 2 “optional” courses, either ISEC 601 or 613, depending on their preference, for 4 courses or 12 credits total.
  • Students enrolled in the Network Security Certificate will complete all “required” courses, ISEC 621, 601 and 603, and ONE OF 2 “optional” courses, either ISEC 643 or 641, depending on their preference, for 4 courses or 12 credits total.


See the current Graduate Calendar under Admission > A.1 Qualifications for full details.

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 331 – Data Structures, Algorithms, and Their Analysis

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.


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 the certificate in 1 semester (8 months) or the masters in 4 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.


Unofficial transcripts (those uploaded or supplied by the student) can be used to evaluate an admission application to speed up the admission process. You can upload your unofficial transcripts in your Student Centre, which is accessible with your Student ID. Admission would then be offered contingent on the receipt of your transcripts by a certain date.

Official transcripts are those received by the University of Calgary directly from the issuing institution.

Official transcripts are those received by the University of Calgary directly from the issuing institution.

Where do I mail my transcripts to?
Official transcripts are to be sent in a sealed envelope or directly emailed to the program by the issuing institution. Request your transcripts to be sent to:

Professional Science Graduate Programs 
Department of Computer Science, ICT 602
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

When transcripts are emailed, the transcript retrieval instructions should be emailed directly to the program administrator ( by the institution or their third party contractor, with the transcript to be downloaded from a secure site by the Professional Graduate Programs office by using a unique link/password (not sent as an attachment).

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.


Yes, we are now accepting applications for the Master program for the Fall 2021 semester.

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.


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, in the original sealed envelope, 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

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