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Post Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity

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Post Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity

30 Credits, 30 Weeks

The Post Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity (PGCS) is a 10 course, 30 credit program that enables PGCS students to complete cybersecurity courses that are linked to industry certifications and address immediate and future workforce needs. This innovative program enables PGCS students to gain foundational knowledge, insight and understanding of cybersecurity as it relates to networking, databases, data and business analytics and cloud computing as well as important employability and life skills including but not limited to critical thinking, problem solving, communications, collaboration, teamwork, ethics and legal issues.

The PGCS program enables students to complete a range of cybersecurity, information technology, data and business analytics courses that will help to inform their decisions regarding their future field of study and/or career path. PGCS students will also be able to select courses that will inform and assist them earn industry certifications such as CompTIA Security +; CompTIA A+ (Hardware and Software); CompTIA Network+; and,  Amazon Web Services (AWS). These indemand industry certifications will, in turn, enable students to seek  employment while also providing a strong foundation from which they may pursue advanced study at the degree, graduate degree and/or professional level.

Admissions Requirement

1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree*
2. Be at least 19 years of age
3. Provide proof of English proficiency:
> Grade 12 or higher-level English course.
> High School English 12: C (or equivalent) from an English speaking country.
> University or College level English course (non‐ESL): C from an institution where English is the language of instruction.
English Language Test (only valid for two years):
> TOEFL: 68 iBT (with no individual score less than 16), 190 CBT, or 520 PBT
> IELTS: Academic version 6 (with no band test score less than 5.5)
> Cambridge International Exam: GCE O level C
> TOEIC: 700
> LPI: 4
> VPC English Proficiency Exam: 75%
> Completion of VPC ENGL 099
> Completion of AEL/ESL to an equivalent level
> Completion of at least 12 credits from a post secondary institution in Canada or where English is the principal language of the country and the language of instruction.

*This is based on new PTIB policy guidelines for use of the term “Post-graduate” in a program title.
The program must meet both of the following criteria:
1. The admission requirements of a post-graduate program must include at minimum a baccalaureate degree, and
2. Content must be at a post-baccalaureate level.

Required Curriculum

The Post Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity is a 10 course, 600 hour, 30 credit program that can be completed in 30 weeks via in-class and/or online instruction which enables students to complete the course content and related requirements in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The 10 course PGCS program is efficiently delivered over the course of two semesters.

Graduation Requirement

To graduate from this program, students must complete all program requirements including those identified below:
1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits.
2. Attend at least 75% of program lectures/classes.
3. Pass each individual course with 50% or higher.
4. Achieve a minimum program 2.50 AGPA.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
– Demonstrate technical knowledge and understanding of course content related to multiple information technology industry certifications.
– Communicate effectively using multiple communication techniques in a public setting and with co-workers and clients in the workplace.
– Use quantitative techniques including statistics, business and data analytics to advance critical thinking and facilitate problem solving.
– Identify and address various technical issues or barriers required to enhance the integrity of operating systems in an organizational setting.
– Analyze and resolve complex project management issues involving both technology and management of human resources in various situations.


PGCS 502Advanced Writing and Research I
PGCS 505A+ Certification (Hardware)
PGCS 507A+ Certification (Software)
PGCS 509Introduction to Cloud Computing (AWS)
PGCS 511Cybersecurity Foundations (Security +)
PGCS 503


PGCS 515


PGCS 517
Advanced Writing and Research II


Introduction to Computer Networks (Network +)


Cybersecurity Risk
PGCS 519Application Security
PGCS 521Cloud Security
PGCS 525Cybersecurity Capstone

Each of above courses consist of:

3 credits per course, except for PGCS 503 (6 credits) 
60 hours per course, except for PGCS 503 (120 hours)


Post Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

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