Information Systems Security, Graduate Diploma | Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) | Calgary, Canada
24 months
27742 CAD/year
13353 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Information Systems Security program from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) prepares you for entering the security profession with confidence and solid fundamental knowledge. 


Computer and systems security is an integral part of our everyday lives. When the systems work it is transparent but when they fail it can be catastrophic. Not only are businesses focused on the security of their data, nation states are focused on the security of their people. Terrorism, rogue states, organized crime and low level cyber-warfare are all part of today’s threat landscapes.

The first year of the Information Systems Security program delivers a strong base of fundamental skills in programming, operating systems, networking, and strategy. 

The second year moves into the more practical applications of defensive and offensive technologies, cumulating with a capstone project in which students apply the sum of their learning in the program.

 Underscoring the rigorous nature of the training, a selection of courses are conducted in a unique lab environment that is designed to contain and control the possible spread of the malware being analyzed.

Career opportunities

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)  Graduates can pursue job opportunities as an information systems analyst in: 

  • penetration testing 
  • log analysis 
  • threat analysis 
  • risk management 
  • network security 
  • Internet of Things hardening 
  • physical security 
  • quality assurance 
  • malware analysis  
  • security audits 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Professional Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Network Protocols and Security
  • Military and Strategic Studies
  • Secure Programming Essentials
  • Statistics for Engineering & Tech 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • At least 65% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 70% in Math 30-2 or Applied Math 30, AND,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1, or at least 65% in English Language Arts 30-2.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.
  • SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27742 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27742 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    13353 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13353 CAD per year during 24 months.

Year 2

  • National: $13,353
  • International: $30,214

Living costs for Calgary

1247 - 1953 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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