Information Security, Postgraduate Certificate

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The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Security (PBC-IS) is offered by Athabasca University's School of Computing and Information Systems.


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Security (PBC-IS) is offered by Athabasca University. This certificate is intended for students who already possess an undergraduate degree, are normally working in the IT sector, and are seeking work specifically in the information security sector. Once the certificate is completed students will be qualified for positions in the following areas: Computer Security Specialist, Computer Specialist, Information Technology Specialist, Security Analyst, and System Analyst.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Security program from Athabasca University is designed for individuals looking for a highly relevant and immediately applicable, short-term learning project. It is a comparatively low-cost and low-risk alternative for individuals who have been away from formal learning for some time. The program also provides opportunity to ladder directly into the Master of Science - Information Systems (MSc IS) program.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Enterprise Computer Networks
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Information Technology
  • Enterprise Information Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • Advanced Distributed Systems

For more information, please visit the program’s website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    12 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Security program must:
  • hold a baccalaureate degree in computer science, information systems, or a related area, or
  • hold a baccalaureate degree or higher and have significant professional-level experience with information systems (defined as follows: "Experience must be in a role requiring the use of a significant level of IT knowledge where a high level of independent judgement and responsibility are exercised"), or
  • hold the CIPS ISP designation or equivalent (Canadian IT Professional (CITP) or Certified Computing Professional (CCP) designation).

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

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    1710 CAD/module
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    1510 CAD/module
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