Advanced Cyber Security



Advanced Cyber Security Certificate

In partnership with York University's School of Continuing Studies, Mount Royal is pleased to offer two stackable certificate programs designed 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.



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The Advanced Cyber Security Certificate is ideal for aspiring information systems security specialists. In this program, you will build on the foundational knowledge gained in the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate and develop a more thorough understanding of the eight knowledge areas required for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)².

You will develop the critical, cross-functional skills and knowledge that employers value most. This includes ethical responsibility and enhancing skills in problem-solving and verbal communication.

To register directly in the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate, you must either complete the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate first or hold the CISSP designation. Special exceptions may be granted upon review and approval by program administration.

The program is 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 colleague. 


Program details: Advanced Cyber Security


Online coursework and required live, online sessions   

Use York University's learning management system to access materials, participate in discussion boards and complete assignments, and attend live classes on Zoom that are held at scheduled dates and times. These instructor-facilitated courses begin and end on set dates and have specific deadlines. Access courses via a laptop or desktop computer with a functional webcam and microphone.



Complete 3 required courses (108 hours).

This program can be completed in 5 months part-time. 

The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to attend the live online sessions and complete the online learning units - your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.



Students must register in all three courses in the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate. Use Block Code: CYSADV

Registration can be completed by calling 403.440.3833 or 1.877.287.8001.

Courses in this program must be taken in the order they are listed.

Please Note: Students are required to complete the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate before registering in the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate.

D2L & MyMRU Email - Course communication & information

MRU uses D2L for the Cyber Security Programs, to distribute instructions, course announcements, program & course information, textbook info, etc. Students should log into D2L upon registration, to access important information and instructions in preparation for their courses. You will be required to first activate your to access D2L and your MyMRU student email.

Students are required to use their Mount Royal University student email account for course correspondence with program staff.

Earn your CISSP designation, faster

Along with the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate, the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate is designed to heighten your understanding of the CISSP body of knowledge and prepare you to take and pass the (ISC)² CISSP exam. (ISC)² is an international, nonprofit membership association for information security leaders. The CISSP is a globally recognized designation required for most senior cybersecurity roles.

This program is scheduled to align with CISSP examination dates, allowing you to write the exam in a timely manner after completing this program. 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.

Our partner - York University

The York University School of Continuing Studies provides meaningful continuing education opportunities which combine theory with practical application. Our programs are designed to develop well-rounded professionals that employers value, with both the deep discipline-based knowledge and the broad cross-functional skills required to communicate and be effective within a multidisciplinary team. With innovative programs designed to prepare graduates to thrive in emerging careers, York University is preparing Canada's labour force for the future of work.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Alberta Women's Science Network (AWSN) is offering up to 10 scholarships (value $3000 each) to students and professionals who are enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. We have confirmed that students in MRU's cyber security certificates are eligible to apply under the second criteria listed below. Applications open on May 3, 2022 and close on June 30, 2022.

The scholarship is open to

  • STEM students: applicant is going into the 3rd to final year of an undergraduate program in STEM in Alberta.
  • STEM re-engagers: applicant has a career gap (2+ years) and is re-engaging into a STEM program in Alberta to learn or upgrade skills.
For more information about the scholarship, a more detailed program guide and a printable application form, visit the Scholarship Program webpage 


Contact us

For information about this program:
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6