Graduate Certificate in Network Security

Optimize your career with a 4-course certificate

Strengthen your existing IT security skills with the Graduate Certificate in Network Security. The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing exponentially across industries and will only continue to grow as technology rapidly advances. There is a significant need for people who can identify security threats, develop secure networks, and communicate insights to business leaders.

This graduate-level certificate is designed for working professionals like you. Whether you’re looking to specialize or bolster your career, our course-based curriculum incorporates theory, communication skills, best practices, and practical experiences that help you gain marketable skills and knowledge.

You will learn tools, practices, skills required in securing network infrastructure and learn the building blocks for network communication security through applied cryptography.

The laboratory course in Ethical Hacking provides an opportunity to gain practical experience in identifying potential vulnerabilities in existing network environments.

Why get a certificate in network security?

Cybersecurity threats are a critical issue facing our digital infrastructure. The Graduate Certificate in Network Security will provide you with an opportunity to acquire state-of-the-art expertise in this important, high-demand area.

This program is designed to provide specific, relevant training in creating and maintaining secure computer networks to both professionals looking to upgrade their skills, and to recent graduates of an undergraduate program in computer science who want additional training to progress in their careers. This certificate will also benefit computer science professionals who wish to move into a role more oriented to network security.

By the end of the program, you will:

  • Gain foundational knowledge in network security and applied cryptography.
  • Build an organization’s network security infrastructure, and conduct penetration testing to identify potential vulnerabilities in an organization’s network infrastructure.
  • Recognize the limitations of technical security measures, and strategize and evaluate ways to address gaps, including non-technical solutions such as deployment of policies and programs.
  • Communicate system design and security assessment results to a technical audience who may not be security experts.
  • Decide on courses of action based on relevant legal and ethical considerations.

The program in network security is a unique graduate-level program. The curriculum for this program was developed by a dedicated team of leading professors and knowledge-creators in network security in the Department of Computer Science. As a student, you will be able to take full advantage of the expertise of instructors who work on the cutting edge of innovations in network security.

Additional unique features of the program in network security offered by the University of Calgary are the integration of experiential learning, information security management and technical skills.

Experiential learning and technical skills: The ethical hacking laboratory provides the opportunity for students like you to practice penetration testing to assess the security of a network infrastructure.

Information security management: Security issues cannot be addressed solely by technical measures; as a student, you will learn essential information security management skills that will enable you to progress in your chosen career path.

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Admission, successful applicants will meet the following requirements:

Undergraduate preparation:

A four-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution. In addition, candidates must have an undergraduate course in each of the following computer science areas:

  • Computer programming with understanding of execution environments (e.g., CPSC 233 or equivalent)
  • Algorithms and data structures (e.g., CPSC 331  or equivalent)
  • Either Operating systems (e.g., CPSC 457 or equivalent); or Computer networks (e.g., CPSC 441 or equivalent)

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

English Language Proficiency?
The Information Security program will follow the same guidelines as set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  See the current Graduate Calendar under Admission > A.1 Qualifications > 2. for full details.

The tuition for the program is $3,000 per course, for a total of $12,000, for Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. For international students, the tuition for the program is $4,000 per course, for a total of $16,000. Students will also have to pay general fees.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant
The Canada-Alberta Job grant is a training opportunity that can result in an employer receiving funding to assist with training an individual employee.  For more information about how you can take advantage of this opportunity, visit the Canada-Alberta Job Grant website.

For the Winter 2020 cohort, the courses will be held in the following sequence:

Winter 2020

Spring/Summer 2020

The certificate will give you foundational knowledge in network security and applied cryptography that will allow you to build an organization’s network security infrastructure and test it for vulnerabilities. Further, you will be equipped to oversee the management aspects of security solutions, like policies and programs, and be able to clearly communicate problems and how to tackle them. Your skills will be transferable to almost any sector.