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2 stackable programs, with 3 required courses each (216 hours total)


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Complete each program in 5 months, part-time (10 months total)


Courses start at $995

Prepare to earn a globally recognized credential in cyber security.

Cybersecurity refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect systems, networks, programs and sensitive information from digital attacks.

Today's digital environments are highly complex and the demand for cyber security expertise is on the rise across all types of industries. Professionals trained in cyber security possess the unique ability to protect digital assets and guard intellectual property. As one of the world's fastest-growing technology fields, many experts see the cyber security job market doubling in the next five years - which means there will be a critical need for qualified individuals.

In partnership with York University's School of Continuing Studies, Mount Royal is pleased to offer two stackable credentials in cyber security to deepen your understanding of cyber security topics, strengthen your skills as an IT manager or project lead and prepare you to advance your career in cyber security.

Upon completion of this program, you will meet the admission requirements for the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate. Together, these certificate programs will prepare you to earn the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)².

These programs are also designed for students to start and progress through the courses in order as a group, a format that will help you form connections with your peers and colleagues. Therefore, students must register in all three courses in each program at once.


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The York University School of Continuing Studies provides continuing education that combines theory with practical application. York’s programs develop well-rounded professionals that employers value, with the deep discipline-based knowledge and cross-functional skills required to communicate and be effective. Their innovative programs prepare graduates to thrive in emerging careers and prepare Canada’s labour force for the future of work.


First certificate

Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate

Ideal for working professionals and recent IT graduates who want to start or enhance their careers in cyber security.

This program will also help leaders and project managers who require cyber security knowledge to lead their teams more effectively.

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Second certificate

Advanced Cyber Security Certificate

Ideal for aspiring information systems security specialists who are planning to earn the CISSP designation.

Completion of the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate is required for entry into this program.

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Highlights and benefits

Become exam-ready — Along with the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate, the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate prepares you to take and pass the (ISC)² CISSP exam.

Become career-ready — Prepare for a career as a cyber security professional or enhance your current cyber security career

Real-world knowledge — Learn from experienced industry professionals

Online delivery — Enjoy the flexibility of online learning and complete this program from anywhere


 Information session

Interested in learning more about our Cyber Security? Speak with program staff and instructors, and have your questions answered. Join us for a free virtual information session on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Scholarship opportunity

The Alberta Women's Science Network (AWSN) offers up to 10 scholarships (value of $3,000 each) to students and professionals who are enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Students who complete our Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate and Advanced Cyber Security Certificate are eligible to apply.

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Develop the skills that employers need

York University's Program Advisory Council, comprised of senior executives from many of Canada's leading organizations, ensures these programs focus on the critical, cross-functional skills and knowledge areas that employers value most. This includes ethical responsibility and enhancing skills in problem-solving and verbal communication.


Earn your CISSP designation faster

Along with the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate, the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate prepares you to earn the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)²). (ISC)² is an international, non-profit membership association for information security leaders. This globally recognized designation is required for most senior cyber security roles.

Those interested in progressing to the CISSP exam will need to meet experience requirements as required by (ISC)². Learn more about CISSP designation requirements.


Program courses & CISSP domains

CISSP Domain and weight Introduction to cyber security Information security, risk management and governance Data asset and identity protection Engineering for information security Cyber security operations management Security assessment and testing
Security and risk management (15%)        
Asset security (10%)        
Security architecture and engineering (13%)          
Communication and network security (14%)        
Identity and access management (13%)        
Security assessment and testing (12%)        
Security operations (13%)        
Software development security (10%)        


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