Making communities more intelligent and safer is an increasingly important issue as citizens expect ever increasing levels of “smartness” from all levels of government, while also feeling secure in their everyday lives. There is currently a great deal of controversy and subtlety in this area. Aggressive measures like video surveillance on every street corner may provide security, but at the expense of individual liberty. This would be antithetical to the goals of a smart community.
To address these issues, the Faculty of Environmental Design is launching a new graduate program that provides valuable theoretical and practical insights into how to be both safe and smart. It draw on substantial expertise within the University of Calgary, augmented by experts from sources including the Safe Design Council®.
Outcomes and next steps
Enhanced capabilities in both Smart and Secure Communities for practitioners, policy makers and consultants. The certificate will enhance the practice of professionals including architects, landscape architects, building designers, consultants and policy makers, and also, upon successful completion, confer the Accredited SAFE Design Professional™ certification.
A course-based certificate in Designing Smart and Secure Communities is usually considered a final degree.
Degree at a glance
Full course completion of four course in sequence
Students will complete three blocks along with a capstone project course, which will be delivered using blended learning.
Students will be required to document their work in the capstone course and present it to the other participants.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Designing Smart and Secure Communities Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution
Digital Portfolio: Original and/or creative work in any field or medium, and provide in writing a brief description of the work. The portfolio will be submitted in digital form (portable document .PDF files), uploaded by the applicant to their Student Centre upon submission of their online application.
Statement of interest (2-3 pages)
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based) or 600 (paper-based). Our institution code is 0813.
Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university in a country in which the language of instruction is English.
For admission on January 1
Canadian and permanent residentDec. 1Application deadline
InternationalDec. 1Application deadline
Tuition fees and funding
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
For 12 months of study
For program completion in 12 months
For program completion in 12 months
General fees and tuition
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Tuition covers standard academic costs. Tuition shown is for full course completion of four courses. Domestic students pay $2,175 per course; International students pay $4,950 per course. Textbooks and other material costs are not included in this total.
What are annual continuing fees?
Funding is not available for this program.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide