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What will I learn?

Become a cyber security professional safeguarding networks and data from existing and potential threats.

The Cyber Security Analysis (CSA) Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare you to meet the market demand for cyber security professionals in the public and private sector.

Throughout the program, you focus analytically on key cyber security principles including threat and vulnerability management, event analysis, laws and ethics relating to security compliance and implementation, cryptographic solutions for data confidentiality and communication protection, cyber incident response, digital forensics processes, disaster recovery and business continuity following cyber incidents and related tools and security appliances. You develop the skills and knowledge necessary to select and deploy the optimal tools and security solutions given unique scenarios.

Graduates possess the theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills to assess, recommend, implement and troubleshoot various advanced security solutions and countermeasures. Utilizing IT concepts and tools, you evaluate the technical aspects and risk levels of security solutions, security and penetration tests and vulnerability assessments. You also examine the legal process and proper evidence gathering procedures, effective design of corporate security policies, analysis and management of risks or threats as well as ethical and social implications related to security, Canadian and International laws, privacy laws and compliance. Algonquin College`s state-of-the-art computing facilities, running the latest Windows and Linux/UNIX-based operating system (O/S) platforms and supporting a wide variety of pre-installed software applications, support you to be well-prepared for entry into the field of cyber security. You gain exposure to real-world technologies currently used within industry including specialized networking, Cisco and hardware labs along with several network-based O/S servers. The Cyber Security Analysis curriculum has been designed to closely align with the Canadian Center for Cyber Security`s (CCCS) curriculum guidelines and also assists in preparing graduates to achieve a number of industry certifications. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to attain certifications including:

  • SANS GSEC and other GIAC certifications
  • EC-Council`s CEH and CHFI

Students also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term (see Additional Information for more details). Please note that places in the co-op version of the program are subject to availability. Students who elect to apply to the non co-op version of the program may not have the opportunity to transfer to the co-op version at a later date.

Graduates may find employment in a variety of security related domains in the private, corporate, industrial, governmental or service sectors. Employment opportunities may be available in private security firms, security consulting firms, security vendors and their value-added resellers (VARs), law enforcement agencies, cyber incident response groups, security and intelligence organizations or agencies, information technology consulting firms, communications carriers, information service providers or in government, business and public organizations in multiple fields outside IT/IS requiring security practitioners.

Which department am I in?

School of Advanced Technology

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Non Co-op Version fees: Semester 1: CAN $8,085.40; Semester 2: CAN $8,043.40; Estimated Program Total fees: CAN $16,128.80; Co-op Version fees: Semester 1: CAN $8,278.40; Semester 2: CAN $8,236.40; Estimated Program Total fees: CAN $16,514.80 (Fall 2021)
Start date

Expected September 2022


Algonquin College

Woodroffe Campus,

1385 Woodroffe Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

K2G 1V8, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to submit University Degree and transcripts. English Language Proficiency Requirements: Academic IELTS: Overall 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0); TOEFL iBT - Total 88 (no score below 22); Cambridge English – 176; Pearson (PTE) - Overall 60; MELAB - Overall 85 Minimum of 80 AND Speaking 3Al; gonquin’s EAP - International EAP: Level 8 with a grade of B Canadian EAP: Level 3 with a grade of B.

For international students

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma or Degree, or equivalent in the areas of Information Systems (IS), Information Technology (IT), Telecommunications/ Networking, IT/IS Security, Computer/Electronic/Communication Engineering or equivalent;
OR A Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Degree from an accredited institution in a non-related field, with minimum three years of relevant practical field experience in an IT/IS Security position may be considered;

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.


Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration.