Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

In this two-semester graduate certificate program, students will learn how to protect computers, applications, and networks from unauthorized and malicious users or software. The program will cover key cybersecurity concepts of infrastructure configuration, information system security, risk management and policy, and ethics and law.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year – 2 semesters

  • Multiple intakes per year

  • Capstone Project

Certification Opportunities

Graduates may challenge the following industry certifications:

  • Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Entry-level Technician (PCNSA)
  • Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSE)
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND)

Part-time Pathway

Students may choose a pathway to complete this program while studying part-time. For more information on the part-time pathway see the Program Delivery tab.  

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How to Apply

Business and Information Technology

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2024

Spring Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2024


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2025

Winter Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2025
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2025

Spring Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2025
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2025

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CSC 1003 Communication for Cybersecurity Professionals 3
CSC 1006 Security Issues and Trends 3
CSC 1020 CSEC Infrastructure 3
CSC 1024 CSEC Programming 3
CSC 1021 Network Defence 3
CSC 1022 Business Contingency Planning 3
CSC 1023 CSEC Policies and Compliance 3
Semester 2
CSC 1012 Cybersecurity Capstone 6
CSC 1011 Mobile Wireless Security 3
CSC 1015 Sys Operations and Cloud Sec 3
CSC 1016 CSEC Tool Development 3
CSC 1017 IT Security Forensics 3
CSC 1018 Ethical Hacking 3
CSC 1019 Malware Dev and Analysis 3
 Total Credits45

Part-time students will be provided with a pathway to complete this program on a part-time basis.


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and online lab access is approximately $1300. This is in addition to the laptop your must purchase to support our BYOD requirements. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this one-year graduate certificate program will be positioned to pursue positions in a wide range of public and private organizations in roles such as:

  • information systems security analysts

  • advisors

  • consultants

  • specialists

  • educators

  • network technicians

  • network administrators

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.