In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, admission to the Information Security and Privacy programs requires:
a) A four-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution.
b) Successful completion of an undergraduate course in each of the following areas:
- Computer programming with understanding of execution environments (e.g., Computer Science 233 or equivalent)
- Algorithms and data structures (e.g., Computer Science 331 or equivalent)
- Either Operating systems (e.g., Computer Science 457 or equivalent); or Computer networks (e.g., Computer Science 441 or equivalent).
c) Two letters of reference.
d) Resume or CV.
e) Optional letter of intent.
Alternate Routes to Admission: In exceptional circumstances (see Admissions - Qualifications), individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements but who have significant life achievement and/or work experience may be considered for admission to the graduate certificate programs or the Masters of Information Security program. The candidate must provide the Information Security Program Director with evidence demonstrating the potential to successfully undertake these programs. Such candidates may also be required to participate in an in-person interview with the Program Director and, if admitted, be required to take additional courses to meet completion requirements.
Students who successfully complete one of the graduate certificate programs, and who then apply to the other graduate certificate program and/or to the Master of Information Security degree program within 4 years of completing the first certificate, will not be required to submit reference letters or previous transcripts again. If students complete new coursework elsewhere, they will be required to submit new transcripts.
Students who have successfully completed two of the graduate certificate programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will meet the minimum admission requirements for the Master of Information Security and Privacy program. In addition, students who choose to ladder from the certificates into the Master’s degree will not normally be required to submit transcripts or reference letters (unless they have completed other credit courses from a post-secondary institution in the meantime).